Police rounded up 35 people for allegedly using illegal drugs between Sunday night and yesterday morning in their final operation that coincided with the Spring Scream music festival in Kenting, Pingtung County.
A total of 37 people were arrest for alleged drug use during the operation.
A majority of those arrested on the final day were young men and women suspected of using ketamine or taking ecstasy pills. Others allegedly smoked marijuana. Most suspects reportedly confessed to obtaining the drugs from sellers at the beach.
Photo: Tsai Tsung-hsien, Taipei Times
Spring Scream, one of the most popular and longest-running music festivals in Taiwan, has been held each spring in Kenting for 16 years. It drew thousands of music lovers this year to hear nearly 200 local and foreign bands.
Kenting police intensified their operations on Sunday after arresting two people — a 20-year-old man from Kazakhstan for using marijuana and a Taiwanese man for smoking cigarettes that contained ketamine — on Saturday night. Most of the arrests were made on the beach or in local homes.
Meanwhile, police said a 24-year-old American man died in a crash in Hengchun Township (恆春) at about midnight on Sunday after his motorcycle collided with a car coming from the opposite direction.
A passenger on the motorcycle suffered a fractured thigh. Police said both men on the motorcycle were under the influence of alcohol.
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