The number of drug offenders in 2012 came to 9,225, up by 0.9 percent from a year earlier according to the Supreme Prosecutors’ Office.
Of them, 359 were foreign nationals, a 38.6 percent increase from 2011.
The total number of drug offenders had been on the decrease since 2009 but 2012 saw an upturn, according to the data.
The authorities confiscated a total of 50.1 kilograms of illegal drugs last year, down from the previous year’s 110.9 kilograms. But the weight of drugs smuggled into the country from overseas surged 53.2 percent, the data showed.
(From news reports)