Taipei, Police in Taipei arrested more drug dealers in the first half of 2020 than during the same period a year earlier and discovered some alarming trends in the drug trade, the Taipei City Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division said Monday.
A total of 458 drug dealers were arrested in Taipei from January to June this year, 67, or 17.14 percent, more than a year earlier, Sun Fu-tso (孫福佐), an official with the force said at a news conference Monday.
The increase was not surprising, considering that the number of drug dealer cases per year have been on the rise, from 758 in 2017 to 832 in 2018 and 894 in 2019.
According to the police, campaigns launched against drug dealing from May to July found more than 3,000 packets of illicit drugs disguised as instant coffee or fruit juice packets to attract youngsters.
Police also discovered that dealers often use delivery services to carry out the drug trades, after several delivery men reported their suspicions to the authorities about the goods they were delivering.
The police emphasized that delivery service workers are essential to busting such cases and encouraged them to report their findings when delivering suspicious parcels.
The police crackdowns on drugs between the end of May and end of July has also resulted in busting a marijuana smuggling case in which 6.6 kilograms were seized and four marijuana plant growing cases in which 72 plants were recovered.
They also cracked two amphetamine cases in which over 500 grams of amphetamines were seized in each case.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel