Cap­i­tal cracks down on drug users, deal­ers

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By ZHANG YI zhang_yi@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Bei­jing po­lice have arrested 1,500 sus­pects in a month­long crack­down on drug users and deal­ers, and will ex­tend such ef­forts in the cap­i­tal city to the end of this year.

As of Wed­nes­day, 189 drug-re­lated cases had been cracked, with 1,300 drug users arrested since the op­er­a­tion started on Oct 8.

“The tipoffs and in­tel­li­gence we got from var­i­ous chan­nels have played a sig­nif­i­cant role in the op­er­a­tion. In ad­di­tion, our squad un­cov­ered sev­eral drug lab­o­ra­to­ries, nip­ping the prob­lem in the bud,” said Zhang Ji­hong, deputy head of Bei­jing Pub­lic Se­cu­rity Bureau’s anti-drug squad.

Zhang said that more than 280 cases in­volv­ing about 600 sus­pects have been cracked as a re­sult of 426 tips pro­vided by mem­bers of the pub­lic since the be­gin­ning of this year. Nearly 1 mil­lion yuan ($148,000) in cash re­wards have been given to whistle­blow­ers in such cases.

Zhang said a to­tal of 40 met­ric tons of chem­i­cal ma­te­ri­als for pro­duc­ing drugs had been re­cov­ered in the op­er­a­tions. “Such haz­ardous ma­te­ri­als pose a dan­ger to the pub­lic, be­cause some of them are highly ex­plo­sive,” he added.

Drug traf­fick­ing has been in the bureau’s crosshairs as the num­ber of known drug users has risen by 17 per­cent in the past fewyears.

An anti-nar­cotics of­fi­cer with the squad said mem­bers of the pub­lic are en­cour­aged to re­port information on sus­pects by call­ing 110, send­ing mail to the drug squad, or via the Bei­jing Pub­lic Se­cu­rity Bureau’s WeChat ac­count.

Ac­cord­ing to reg­u­la­tions re­gard­ing re­wards for tips, cash re­wards start at 1,000 yuan and are de­ter­mined by the value of a tip. There is no up­per limit set for cash re­wards.

Ac­cord­ing to bureau sta­tis­tics, Bei­jing has about 33,000 reg­is­tered drug users, with more than half of those us­ing syn­thetic drugs. Last year, there were 2.3 mil­lion reg­is­tered users of il­le­gal drugs na­tion­wide.

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