Wed, Jan 12, 2005 - Page 2 News List

Drug smuggling top target of nation's anti-drug campaign

CNA , Taipei

Putting an end to drug smuggling is a key aim of the government, National Security Council Secretary-General Chiou I-jen (邱義仁) said at an exhibition showcasing the results of an anti-drug campaign by the Coast Guard Administration.

The exhibition was held at a naval barracks in Keelung Harbor.

Chiou said that there were a number of major tasks to be accomplished in the fight against illegal drugs.

First and foremost is to establish a databank on the networks used by drug trafficking organizations and their marketing channels, with multi-national drug rings being prime targets, he said.

Chiou called for international cooperation, including information exchanges, to crack down on illegal drug-related crimes.

Taiwan should also try to make headway in cooperation with China so that both sides of the Strait can share information regarding organized crime, he added.

Chiou said that the coast guard, customs officials and aviation police should work together to prevent illegal drugs from being brought into the country.

Finally, Chiou said that a campaign along the lines of the US' "just say no" approach should be established in communities nationwide, adding that education is a key component to stop the use of drugs.

Chiou was positive about the activities planned by the coast guard and lauded the efforts of all law-enforcement personnel. He said that the US' removal of Taiwan from its "drug transit" list last year showed that the nation's anti-drug efforts have won international recognition.

The coast guard seized 372.7kg of illicit drugs last year, while other law-enforcement agencies confiscated 371.9kg, Chiou said.

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