More drugs seized and abusers nabbed in H1
MORE drug abusers were arrested in the first half of this year as compared to the same period last year, said the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) yesterday.
The number of drug abusers nabbed increased by 3 per cent, from 1,731 in the first half of last year to 1,790 in the same period this year.
CNB said that repeat abusers continue to form the majority of drug abusers arrested. The number of new drug abusers arrested decreased by 6 per cent, from 550 in the first half of last year to 519 in the same period this year.
Heroin and methamphetamine, also known as Ice, continue to be the most commonly abused drugs, with 92 per cent of all drug abusers arrested using these drugs.
Cannabis was the third-most commonly abused drug, with the number of cannabis abusers arrested increasing by 34 per cent, from 38 in the first half of last year to 51 in the same period this year.
CNB also saw an increase in drug seizures. Drug seizures in the first half of this year amounted to an estimated street value of about $9.4 million.
Seizures of both heroin and Ice remained high, with an estimated 36kg and 22.5kg seized respectively.
Of the 22.5kg of Ice seized, about 17.7kg, or 79 per cent, had been meant for the overseas market. CNB said: "The overall increase in seizures is an indication of the challenging regional drug situation, especially with the increased production of drugs in the region."
In the first half of this year, 821 of the drug abusers arrested - or 46 per cent of the total - were aged 40 and above.
Drug abusers in the "20 to 29" and "30 to 39" age groups accounted for about 24 per cent and 26 per cent respectively of all those arrested.