China arrests 168,000 for drug-related crimes in 2016

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BEIJING, March 22 (Xinhua) — Chinese police have arrested 168,000 suspects for drug production or trafficking and solved 140,000 drug-related criminal cases last year, the National Narcotics Control Commission said Wednesday.

Police seized 82.1 tonnes of drugs, including heroin, methamphetamines and ketamine in 2016, the commission said in a report, adding that the spread of drug-related crime had been effectively contained.

The commission said 725 officials were held accountable for inadequate drug control efforts, as China stepped up its anti-drug message by educating over 100 million students about the dangers of drugs.

China is home to over 1 million drug addicts, with 357,000 people successfully treated for addiction in 2016, according to the commission.

In addition, China also joined hands with a number of countries to strengthen drug control cooperation. Efforts were also made to enhance law enforcement cooperation and share intelligence with the United States, Russia and the Philippines.

Xinhua

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