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Ecstasy seizures in Japan skyrocket
    #4493617 - 08/04/05 03:28 AM (12 years, 10 months ago)

Ecstasy seizures in Japan skyrocket
August 4, 2005 - msn.co.jp

Japanese authorities seized more than 350,000 tablets of Ecstasy in the first six months of this year -- 10 times the amount seized over the same period last year, police said Thursday.

The bulk of the 357,968 tablets was found by police in February when they seized some 286,000 doses of the drug, known formally as MDMA, in Saitama Prefecture outside Tokyo, the National Policy Agency reported.

From January to June, the police arrested or questioned 204 people for the alleged possession or use of Ecstasy, the agency said. This marked a decrease of 3.3 percent from a total of 201 people last year. About 78 percent of them were between the ages of 20 to 29.

The number of people arrested or held in custody for the possession or use of all illegal drugs in the first half of the year reached 7,659, marking an increase of 6.9 percent from 7,164 a year earlier. Amphetamines, marijuana and opium are classified along with MDMA as narcotics in Japan.

Drug seizures in Japan have hit record highs in recent years amid rising illegal drug use and heightened crackdowns, officials say.

Drug penalties in Japan are harsh. Convicted drug users face up to life in prison under anti-narcotics laws, although most first-time offenders get suspended prison terms.

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Re: Ecstasy seizures in Japan skyrocket [Re: veggie]
    #4496423 - 08/04/05 09:02 PM (12 years, 10 months ago)

That's a misleading title... I get it, but it sounds a lot worse than it is...

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