In the first six months of 2013, prosecutors from the Supreme Prosecutors’ Office arrested 4,601 people for abusing or trafficking illegal drugs in South Korea. The number of people arrested was 4.8 percent higher than the number arrested in the first half of 2012. 50.6 percent of those arrested was charged with using banned drugs, while the rest were convicted for circulating, smuggling or producing illicit drugs.
Security officials also seized 30.6 kilograms of illegal drugs in the first half of 2013, an increase of 6 kilograms from the same time period the year before. Two-thirds of the drugs that was confiscated in 2013 was methamphetamine.
Source: Yonhap, “Sharp rise in suppliers of illegal psychoactive drugs: prosecution,” Global Post, August 18, 2013.