Chinese police capture over 34,000 suspects for food-related crimes

 China Police has nabbed more than 34,000 suspects while handling 19,000 food-related criminal cases in 2020 in a crackdown that started in May, the Ministry of Public Security (MPS) said on Monday.

The monetary value involved in the cases amounted to 2.51 billion dollars, the ministry said, adding that more than 9,500 crime dens had been demolished and over 3,100 criminal groups were busted during the period.

The MPS launched the “Kunlun 2020” operation in May, targeting violations of food and drug safety laws, intellectual property rights, among others.

During the operation, the police also dealt with more than 4,600 cases and detained over 10,000 suspects for jeopardising drug safety.

Besides, about 8,600 cases related to crimes involving counterfeiting and rights infringement had been solved.

In another development, the country’s Ministry of Public Security also said on Monday that the number of newly identified drug users under the age of 35 dropped by 31.5 per cent in 2020.

Police cracked 64,000 drug-related cases in 2020, down 23 per cent from the previous year, leading to over 92,000 arrests and the seizure of more than 55 tonnes of drugs, according to the ministry.

It said that a total of 427,000 drug users involved in the cases were identified, a year-on-year decrease of 31 per cent.

“Close to three million former drug users have not relapsed for three years since rehabilitation.

“The majority of Chinese people are satisfied with the country’s efforts to tackle narcotics, citing a satisfaction level nearing 97 per cent in a survey conducted by the National Bureau of Statistics,’’ the ministry said.

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