China Arrests 60,000 in 100-Day Drug Crackdown – Watch

Updated: January 17, 2015
China Arrests 60,000 in 100-Day Drug Crackdown - Watch

China Arrests 60,000 in ‘Unprecedented’ 100-Day Drug Crackdown.

According to China’s Ministry of Public Security, police handled 52,800 drug cases across the country between September and December of 2014 in a campaign called “Ban drugs in hundreds of cities.” The Ministry also said that thousands of drug users have been sentenced, with 55,679 sent to compulsory rehabilitation centers.

In what some attribute to the growing middle class with disposable incomes, illegal drug use, particularly methamphetamines like ketamine and ecstasy, have reportedly grown in the country.

China has also teamed up with neighboring Laos, Myanmar and Thailand on drug enforcement efforts. Most of the drugs that flow into China are said to enter through the southern province of Yunnan from these Southeast Asian nations, which are also known as the Golden Triangle.

Among those who were arrested includes Jaycee Chan, son of actor Jackie Chan, who was charged for “sheltering others who take drugs” when he allowed two people to smoke marijuana in his home. The young Chan was sentenced to six months in prison and fined some US$320. The maximum sentence for the crime is three years.