Crime & Justice

China detained 109,000 border crime suspects in 2023

Beijing, Jan 18 (EFE).- China detained 109,000 suspects of committing border crimes in 2023, in addition to sanctioning 65,000 foreign citizens who entered, resided or worked in the country irregularly, authorities said Thursday.

Among the 65,000 foreigners sanctioned, 26,000 were deported, the country’s National Immigration Administration said, adding that it studied 58,000 cases in 2023 that resulted in the dismantling of 2,463 organized gangs.

The country reported that last year it detected 35,000 illegal crossings, which led to the arrest of more than 32,000 people involved in cross-border crimes related to gambling and fraud.

The country also seized more than 80,000 firearms, explosives, 8.5 tons of drugs, 949 tons of drug-related materials and contraband goods valued at RMB760 million ($107 million.)

This year highlighted the bust of several criminal gangs suspected of carrying out telephone or cyber scams from northern Myanmar, where they were supposedly part of criminal groups dedicated to deceiving Chinese citizens.

This led to the arrest of a total of 79,000 suspected of participating in cyber scams following the resolution of 391,000 telecommunications-related crimes last year.

China also recently reported that it is working with countries such as Thailand, the Philippines and Cambodia to participate in “international law enforcement missions.”

To combat this type of crime, the Chinese Administration is coordinating different organizations, including immigration authorities, local organizations, the foreign ministry, the supreme court and the prosecutor’s office. EFE

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