Taipei--Police in Taiwan cracked 54,873 illegal drug cases and arrested 58,707 suspects in 2016, according to the latest statistics released Sunday by the Ministry of the Interior (MOI).
Drugs categorized as class-2 narcotics in Taiwan's four-category classification, including amphetamine, opium and marijuana, accounted for 71.2 percent of the cases, while 25.5 percent were related to class-1 narcotics such as heroin, according to the statistics.
The data showed that police seized a total 4,616.1 kilograms of drugs last year, 43.7 percent of which were categorized as class-4 narcotics, including those that contain ephedrine as an active ingredient.
Among the 58,707 suspects arrested, 83.7 percent were 24 years old or over, while 13.2 percent were in the 18-23 age group, according to the interior ministry.
The ministry said that the crime rate has increased over the past 10 years among young drug suspects in Taiwan.
In 2007, the crime rate was highest among drug suspects 24 and older, but since 2010 has been highest among drug suspects in the 18-23 age group, the ministry said.
It said the government aims to build a "drug-free" homeland and will continue its efforts to combat drug trafficking and drug use by checking night clubs, karaoke clubs and other places where young people gather for entertainment and leisure.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel