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White paper highlights new-type drugs

Women with higher or overseas education background are getting involved in some latest crimes related to new-type of drugs, the Jing’an District procurators said yesterday.

From 2018 to 2020, 36 people were charged by the Jing’an procuratorate in 32 new-type drug cases. Surprisingly, a third of them were women, much higher than the percentage for other criminal cases.

Eight females were among the 12 highly educated suspects with bachelor’s degree or above, according to a white paper on new types of drug-related cases between 2018 and 2020, released by the Jing’an procuratorate, ahead of the 34th International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking on June 26.

The suspects in the abuse and trafficking of new-type drugs included young women who had stayed or studied abroad, those frequenting nightclubs and bars, or working for entertainment businesses, such as livestreaming anchors and models.

Nine new-type drugs were unveiled in the white paper. Among those, four were highlighted because they took up nearly 90 percent of the cases.

They are Smarf” (Flunitrazepam), “special K” (Ketamine), “marijuana e-cigarette” (THC) and methadone.

In a typical case prosecuted in 2019, a woman, surnamed Cai, asked her boyfriend, Zhou, to purchase five e-cigarettes from aboard. The products contained THC, a first-class psychotropic drug. Long-term use of it can adversely impact the body’s central nervous system. The couple were overseas returnees, according to the procuratorate’s white paper.


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