SINGAPORE - A total of 3,338 drug abusers were arrested last year, marking a six per cent increase from 2014, the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) said in a press statement on Monday (Feb 15).
CNB added that there were 20 per cent more new drug abusers, and 70 per cent of this group were below 30-years-old.
Methamphetamine (or 'Ice') and heroin continue to be the two most commonly abused drugs, the statement said.
Last year, 49 major operations were conducted, targeting middle-level traffickers, street-level pushers and drug abusers.
Another 2,047 operations to intercept drugs entering the country were carried out with the Singapore Police Force and the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority.
CNB said these enforcement efforts crippled the operations of 21 drug syndicates.
This brought the estimated street value of the drugs seized in 2015 to $8.56 million, a five per cent increase from 2014.