525 Drug Dealers Arrested in Taiwan Nationwide Sweep

525 Drug Dealers Arrested in Taiwan Nationwide Sweep
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Authorities say the July 4-6 nationwide campaign led to the largest number of arrests in the nation's history.

Taiwan's Ministry of Justice (MOJ) says that a total of 525 drug dealers were arrested and 1.5 tons of drugs were seized during a nationwide sweep on July 4-6, in what the authorities say is the largest number of arrests in Taiwan's history.

Wang Tian-sheng (王添盛), chief prosecutor at the Taiwan High Prosecutors Office, told a press conference on July 11 that this will not be the last drug bust.

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) has made the drug problem one of her top priorities. Soon after her inauguration, she said the government would strengthen its anti-drug efforts. The Executive Yuan has since devised a series of strategies, including the nationwide drug sweep, to reach Tsai’s goal.

Wang said the Office is cooperating with six major organizations to carry out its anti-drug campaign, including the National Police Agency, the Ministry of Justice Investigation Bureau, the Coast Guard Administration, the Military Police Command, the Customs Administration, and district prosecutors offices nartionwide.

Since July 4, they have arrested drug dealers in local communities and built a nationwide database to control the drug flow.

According to Wang, the nationwide drug sweep was very successful, resulting in the arrest of 525 dealers and 1,827 users. During the same sweep, 1.5 tons of drugs were also seized and eight drug factories uncovered.

Wang said major anti-drug organizations will keep investigating to stop drug abuse in Taiwan.

First Editor: Olivia Yang
Second Editor: J. Michael Cole