The KCG arrested 121 agents of distribution and drug use, including a crew member who took methamphetamine on board the ship with the aim of relieving fatigue. According to the Korea Coast Guard on Sunday, it conducted a special crackdown on drug crimes such as poppy and marijuana between April 8 and July 10, and arrested 121 of them and imprisoned seven of them.
KCG also seized 6,106 poppy shares, which become raw materials for making narcotics. Compared to the same period last year, the number of drug offenders caught increased by 60 percent and the amount of poppy confiscated increased by 68 percent.
The increase in drug-related arrests and pressure is attributable to the KCG's intensive crackdown on maritime criminals, smuggling of poppies, and smuggling of narcotics through the sea. The Korea Coast Guard plans to block sources of narcotics supply through the sea, while strengthening international cooperative investigations to crack down on foreign merchant ships.