The Tokyo metropolitan police said Friday that there are no more stores in the city selling so-called "dangerous drugs" -- the term given to quasi-legal hallucinogenic herbs.
Police said they raided the last two stores selling such drugs, in Shinjuku, and arrested three men, Fuji TV reported.
Tokyo police began their campaign to close down these stores last year. Although such raids have been conducted before as joint operations by police and Tokyo government health officials, recent revisions to the law now allow for police to conduct the investigations independently.
The number of crimes related to the so-called “dangerous drugs” last year was five times higher than in 2013, the National Police Agency said. According to the NPA, there were 622 cases involving either the use and or possession of “dangerous drugs,” while drug-related arrests were 725.
The NPA report also said 111 people died due to drug-related complications or due to accidents caused by drivers high on the herbs.
Stores selling the herbs were ordered to cease all sales of the drugs. According to the police, in July last year, there were 68 shops within the metropolitan area known to be selling the herbs; now there are zero.
Law enforcement officials acknowledged, however, that the wider problem of online sales of such herbs remains, adding that such sales are increasing.© Japan Today