Taipei, Feb. 2 (CNA) Concerned by an increased amount of drugs seized by law-enforcement agencies last year, Premier Simon Chang issued an instruction at a Cabinet meeting Tuesday that more detailed data should be established as part of efforts to crack down on drug-related crime.
In future drug raids, the relevant authorities should collect and categorize data that details the locations of the drug trading, the weight of drugs seized, the timing of the raids, and the frequency of such raids, Chang said.
With this data, the government can develop more efficient ways to crack down on drug trafficking by analyzing the data to gain more comprehensive knowledge of drug distribution in the country, he said.
Citing a Taiwan High Prosecutors Office report, Chang said the amount of drugs seized between January and November last year reached 4,754.6 kilograms, up 824.9 kg from the same period of the previous year.
This could be the result of the government's reinforced fight against drug smuggling and sales, or the result of increased drug-dealing channels, the premier said.
He instructed the anti-drug authorities to analyze the relevant data to find information that can help with efforts to prevent drugs from being smuggled into Taiwan. (By Tai Ya-chen and Elizabeth Hsu)