Police arrested or booked 2,965 people ― 621 and 2,344, respectively ― for drug use or trafficking during the first five months of this year, a 7.6 percent increase from last year, the National Police Agency said, Wednesday.
Of them, 345 were foreign nationals, a 95 percent rise from a year earlier. People from Thailand accounted for the largest portion at 233 or 67 percent, followed by 42 Russians, 14 Americans and 10 Chinese.
``Many of the Thai people sold or took drugs, such as yaba and methamphetamine, around industrial complexes where migrant employees work. They also grew hemp near the factories and smoked it,'' a police officer said.
No comment in the article about the motivations of the 2,620 Koreans busted, other than to say that some of the drugs came from overseas and were sold online.