|A medical nuclear analytical assistant at the Rotterdam Erasmus Medical Center mixes a preparation of raw material Lutetium Chloride and Lutetium Octoraat, a medicine used to treat patients with a rare form of cancer, in Rotterdam, Netherlands, February 28, 2019. (REUTERS PHOTO)|
ULAN BATOR, March 16 (Xinhua) -- The Mongolian police have arrested 88 people linked to 29 drug-related crimes in the first two months of this year, local media reported on Saturday, citing the country's National Police Agency (NPA).
"Since 2015, Mongolia has become one of the user countries of drugs. The number of drug-related crimes has continued to increase," said Munkhtur Munkhshur, spokesperson of the NPA.
"A total of 29 drug-related crimes have been registered in Mongolia in the first two months of 2019," Munkhshur said, noting that the figure is almost same to the number of this type of crimes registered in the first half of 2018.
A lack of knowledge about drugs, curiosity, attempting to make easy money and weak law are the main factors for the growth of drug-related crimes, she said.
According to Mongolian law, the person who is found guilty of trafficking drugs will be punished by imprisonment of at least two years. Life sentence and death penalty do not exist in the Mongolian drug law.