Narcotics Control Bureau: 639 drug arrests last year

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THE Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) recorded a total of 639 drug trafficking and abuse arrests last year, including seven people under the age of 15.

Latest statistics from NCB showed that seven people under 15 years old were nabbed by the bureau last year.

The figure was an increase of young substance abuse offenders compared to 2014 where only four offenders below the age of 15 were arrested.

Statistics also showed that out of the 639 arrests, 84 per cent or 535 were male while 104 were female.

This is an increase in drug abuse arrests by 4.75 per cent recorded in 2015, compared to 610 arrests being recorded in 2014.

According to figures from NCB, the highest number of drug arrests in 2015 comprised of people aged 31 years old and above, with 340 arrests recorded.

Meanwhile, a total of 292 cases were drug offenders between 16 to 30 years of age.

The most seized drug in 2015 was marijuana, better known as ‘weed’, accounting for 34.63 per cent of arrests.

Nimetazepam or ‘Erimin-5’ was the most confiscated drug in pill form in the sultanate, compared to other drugs like ecstasy and ketamine.

Erimin-5 is a type of depressant which is usually prescribed for severe insomnia.

Over-consumption can result in difficulties in speaking, moving and coordinating bodily functions.

In 2014, a total of 584 Erimin-5 pills were seized by the narcotics bureau while 243 were confiscated last year, a 58 per cent drop.

Despite the decrease in Erimin-5 pills confiscation, seizure of ecstasy pills have increased from 25 in 2014 to 43 in 2015.

Out of the 639 drug arrests last year, 308 comprised married individuals while more than 80 were divorcees.

The Brunei Times