Taipei Police Raid Popular Nightclub ‘LUXY’
At midnight the police staged a fake inspection at LUXY. At 3 am three public buses stopped at Zhongxiao East Road, where the nightclub is located. But instead of normal passengers, 300 hundred policemen came out of the vehicles and raided the club, taking off guard the drug dealers and their clients. Other 380 policemen were deployed in Zhongshan District.
A total of 90 people were detained, 4 of whom were wanted criminals. 5 people were arrested on charges of drug possession, as they carried with them ecstasy, marijuana, ketamine and other substances. A South African citizen was taken into custody for staying in Taiwan for six years with an expired visa. The entire operation lasted until 5 am.
Over the last decade drug abuse in Taiwan has more than doubled, though it remains at a lower level than in most other developed nations. Particularly nightclubs have become hubs for drug trafficking. One of the problems Taiwan is facing is the ‘globalisation’ of drug trafficking. Young people who go clubbing often think it is acceptable to consume drugs, thus creating demand for criminal organisations.
In fact, the underworld is active in Taiwan’s nightclubs. Usually, drugs cannot be obtained by anyone who asks for it. Relationships are necessary. As a nightclub owner declared, in the past it was the staff that approached regular customers and offered them drugs. They may also invite them to dinner, or introduce them to pretty girls, in order to induce them to take drugs.
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