Stepping up the campaign against illegal drugs, anti-narcotics agents uncovered 151,000 drug-related crimes and arrested 168,000 suspects across China in 2013, up more than 20 percent from the previous year, China Daily reported, citing the Ministry of Public Security.
The officers seized 8.55 metric tons of heroin and 9.7 tons of ketamine, an increase of 17.4 percent and more than 100 percent respectively from 2012. They also confiscated 19.5 tons of “ice”, or crystal methamphetamine, up 20.8 percent from the previous year.
“Huge market demand and the lure of large profits all contributed to the sharp increase in such crimes,” Liu Yuejin, director of the ministry’s Narcotics Control Bureau, was quoted as saying.
Liu said the ministry will focus on areas known to be hotbeds of drug-related criminal activity such as Lufeng in Guangdong province. Police will target drug manufacturing and trafficking as well as chemicals used in producing drugs.
Most of the “ice” and ketamine consumed in the country came from Guangdong and Sichuan provinces, the report said.
In December last year, 4,000 police officers raided several villages in Lufeng, where they seized nearly 3 tons of drugs and smashed more than 200 drug-producing dens, Liu said.
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