Number of drug abusers arrested rose 6% last year: CNB

Number of drug abusers arrested rose 6% last year: CNB
A suspect arrested during CNB island-wide operation from Jan 11-15, 2016.
PHOTO: Central Narcotics Bureau

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.

debwong@sph.com.sg

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