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Ketamine remains most popular illicit drug, seizures indicate
Central News Agency
2014-08-30 06:43 PM
Taipei, Aug. 30 (CNA) Ketamine accounted for 66 percent of all illegal narcotics seized last year, making it apparently the most commonly used illicit drug in Taiwan, according to a report released by the National Audit Office last month. Police seized 3,656 kilograms of illegal drugs in 2013, of which 2,421 kg were the class-3 narcotic ketamine, the report said, citing statistics from the Ministry of Justice. The numbers represent significant increases from 2008, when 1,890 kg of illegal drugs, including 799.5 kg of ketamine, were seized. Ketamine has made up nearly all of the class-3 narcotics seized over the past six years, from 99.9 percent in 2008 to 98.8 percent in 2013. The number of people convicted of class-3 narcotic offenses has meanwhile soared from 398 in 2008 to 2,629 in 2013. The number of people who received administrative penalties for using or possessing less than 20 grams of class-3 narcotics tripled from 9,389 people in 2010 to 30,239 people in 2013, 10 percent of whom were under the age of 18. (By Justin Su and Y.F. Low)
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