Police bust over 100 people in parties involving ketamine use
By Joy Lee,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Police nationwide busted at least 100 people at parties allegedly involving ketamine usage over the past holiday weekend, police announced yesterday.
January 1, 2013, 12:59 am TWN
Zhongli (中壢) City police said they found within a 26-hour period 24 people from three different parties where ketamine was allegedly being used.
The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) last week decided not to upgrade ketamine to a Class 2 drug as most of those who use the drug are juveniles. Therefore, any class upgrade will have an impact on their right to education.
The National Police Agency (NPA) has demanded all police authorities patrol over the rest of the New Year holidays venues such as karaoke bars, night clubs and motels with records of drug-related parties.
The NPA also asked the Criminal Investigation Bureau to focus on investigating drug rings so as to cut off the source of drugs.
Zhongli City Police said they busted seven male escorts and their one female friend at a party that allegedly involved ketamine usage in a rental apartment in Zhongli City last Friday night.
Meanwhile, last Saturday night, police detained for further questioning eight men and three women from a birthday party at a motel in Zhongli after discovering 2.46 grams of ketamine at the scene, local reports said.
Zhongli police said that less than 24 hours after this arrest, three men and two women were arrested at the same motel for alleged ketamine use.
According to local reports, police nationwide also arrested 44 people at five different parties where ketamine was allegedly being used. Over the last weekend, police found at least 100 people participating in ketamine parties.
President Ma Ying-jeou said in early December that ketamine usage has increased six times over the past decade while the number of Class 1 and Class 2 drug users has not increased substantially.
According to the Drug Prevention and Control Act (毒品危害防制條例), ketamine is a Class 3 drug, which means that people cannot be imprisoned for possessing less than 20 grams of ketamine. However, they are liable to receive a fine between NT$10,000 and NT$50,000 and mandatory rehabilitation classes for drug abuse.