The number of foreigners living in Beijing who abuse drugs is increasing alongside drug-related crime according to the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau.
According to Ecns.com, Jiang Liangdong, vice director of the security bureau said at a press conference on Tuseday that in 2014 police found more than 80 foreigners involved with drugs.
While this might represent a peak with regards to the number of foreigners caught for drug related offences, it is tiny in comparison to the general population. An estimated 150,000 people in Beijing are thought to consume illegal drugs.
The drug users came from several countries including Indonesia, Thailand, Pakistan, South Africa, the U.S., Malaysia, Canada and France.
People under the influence are increasingly finding themselves guilty of violent crimes such as murder and rape, according to Jiang. Crimes committed by addicts also include hijacking, arson, setting off explosives, and attacks on police.
In January of this year, Jilin city in Shandong province tested out a rather unorthodox method of drug disposal, barbecuing over 170kg of confiscated narcotics in public in order to raise awareness for the city’s anti-drug campaign.
By Dominic Jackson