China seizes record haul of drugs in 2015, majority of narcotics produced domesticallyChina | 19 Feb 2016 1:54 pm
Police confiscated a record 102.5 tons of narcotics last year, an increase of 48.7 percent year-on-year, according to a report released by the National Narcotics Control Commission.
The report yesterday said the police handled 165,000 drug-related criminal cases in 2015 and captured 194,000 suspected criminals.
Liu Yuejin, deputy director of the commission, said the prevalence of narcotics in China is generally under control, but several problems have arisen, including the growing popularity of synthetic drugs, greater inflow of drugs from overseas, and domestic drug production.
According to the report, 531,000 people without previous records were punished for drug abuse, with 80.5 percent punished for synthetic drug use, including methamphetamine (ice), magu (a stimulant composed of methamphetamine and caffeine), ecstasy and ketamine.
In the first three quarters of 2015, 93.8 percent of confiscated heroin and 87.9 percent of ice tablets came from the "Golden Triangle" in southeast Asia.
The report also said 79 tons of domestically produced narcotics were confiscated in 2015, accounting for 77.3 percent of the total amount seized.
(Pictured, convicted drug traffickers at the Hangzhou Intermediate People's Court in Hangzhou, in eastern Zhejiang province).--Xinhua