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PM voices need for sweeping measures to eradicate drug crimes

Politics 13:57 October 06, 2022

SEOUL, Oct. 6 (Yonhap) -- Prime Minister Han Duck-soo said Thursday that the government needs to introduce sweeping measures to help eradicate drug crimes, as trafficking of narcotic drugs continued to expand.

"Special measures are needed for drug crimes," Han told a meeting with relevant ministers, calling for ministers to "make utmost efforts to eradicate drugs with a determination to protect people's health."

Han said drug trafficking in South Korea has been on the rise due to the development of an internet technology and international delivery system.

Han also took note of a steady rise in the number of teenage drug offenders.

According to prosecution data, the amount of illegal narcotics confiscated here reached an all-time high in 2021 to about 1.3 tons, more than a threefold jump from a year earlier.

Prime Minister Han Duck-soo (R) speaks at a meeting on state affairs on Oct. 6, 2022. (Yonhap)

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