211 people arrested in drug related cases in first quarter of 2019

93 of the arrested are unemployed

101 arrested are between 18 and 24 years of age

Royal Bhutan Police arrested 211 people in connection to drug related cases. The cases include drug abusers, illegal possession and illegal drugs trafficking. In total RBP have registered 112 cases across the country in three-months time.

Of the total people arrested, 196 are males while 15 are females. In addition, the record with the RBP shows that of the total registered cases (112 cases), 65 percent is registered for abusing and the rest for illegal possession and trafficking (8 and 67 cases respectively).

Going by age, the record shows that maximum suspects falls under the age between 18 and 24 years (101 arrest) followed by 90 arrest above the age of 25 years. The least arrest is below the age of 18 years with total of 20 arrests in three months.

It was learnt that, of the total arrest, 93 suspects are categorized as being unemployed, 35 private employees, 32 students, 12 businessmen, 5 government employees. The remaining 35 suspects fall under ‘others’ category.

From the arrested suspect, police have seized 6.983 kg of marijuana leaves, 0.039 kg of hashish, 17, 549 capsules of SP+, 575 tablets of N10, 58 bottles (100ml) of Corex and 1.95 liter of thinner solvent.

Meanwhile, police officials say though they are working towards bringing down the drug related issues in the country, it always remains as a challenge. An official said that since RBP is emphasizing more on entry of pharmaceutical drugs from across the border, people are now trying to switch and go for substances from within the country, like marijuana.

“Marijuana is abundantly grown in the country which is why people can get easy access to it. We have seen little decrease on trafficking of pharmaceutical drugs in the country. On the other hand, there is a rise in marijuana related case,” the official added.

RBP works closely with the community, involving Dzongdas, Dzongkhag heads and local leaders. “We will now work closely with them in uprooting and destruction of marijuana plants in their own location.”

In addition, an official also said that they are trying to work on how to deal with the switching system which people have started adopting.

The record with RBP also shows that the number of arrest in drug related cases has been on the rise for the past three consecutive years. In 2016 they have arrested 523 people, another 1,055 in 2017 and 1,191 people in 2018.

An official said that since RBP is emphasizing more on entry of pharmaceutical drugs from across the border, people are now trying to switch and go for substances from within the country, like marijuana

The record with RBP also shows that the number of arrest in drug related cases has been on the rise for the past three consecutive years.

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