June 27, 2022
BEIJING – China has seen a steady decline in drug-related criminal cases since 2015, indicating that such offenses have been effectively controlled under the country’s intensified drug enforcement and tough penalties for those found with, said China’s top court.
Last year, Chinese courts concluded 56,000 drug-related criminal cases, down nearly 60% from 2015. That year, the number of such cases was 139,000, hitting a record high. , according to a statistic released by the Supreme People’s Court. Saturday.
Crimes of drug trafficking, illegal possession of drugs and enticing others to use drugs have declined over the past five years, but those manufacturing new types of drugs have increased, he said. he declares.
Large-scale drug manufacturing has been brought under control as part of the country’s ongoing crackdown, but people producing drugs in small groups or in different areas have emerged, he said.
He noted that the Golden Triangle is still a major source of drugs in China, and these narcotics are mainly brought into the country through international logistics or smuggled by sea.
Heroin, methamphetamine and ketamine were the three main drugs implicated in the relevant crimes, he said, but adding that offenses related to new types of narcotics, such as synthetic cannabinoids and methcathinone, are increasing across the country in recent years.
In addition, it has been found that many drug addicted offenders use the Internet and information technology to commit drug-related crimes, which poses a major challenge for drug control in the country, he said. added.
In the face of serious and complicated drug offenses, Chinese courts have consistently handed out harsher sentences to relevant criminals over the past decade, with a crime rate of 23.09%, meaning a prison sentence of five years or more, he added.
For example, drug criminals who harmed young people and those who were armed to cover up their drug-related offenses or who participated in organized or international drug-related activities were severely punished, a he said, adding that convicts should be sentenced to death if their behavior could be considered “extremely serious”. under criminal law.
While threatening criminals with harsher penalties, courts across the country have also increased fines imposed on convicts in recent years in a bid to prevent them from using their financial gains to re-offend, he said.
He added that crimes caused by drug-related offenses including intentional injury, intentional homicide, robbery and rapping were also resolutely tackled and severely punished, he added.