The Korea Coast Guard (KCG) will carry out intensive crackdowns as international crimes such as smuggling and the use and distribution of drugs by foreign sailors have increased in the aftermath of the COVID-19.
According to the results of KCG's crackdown on a total of 115 international crimes during the first half of 2021, most of the crimes were caused by the coronavirus, including 3 smuggling cases worth 5.1 billion won, 15 drug crimes committed by foreign sailors, and 4 violations of quarantine laws.
Accordingly, the KCG plans to select and crack down on international crimes that need close monitoring the most considering regional characteristics for 150 days from July 19.
Such major international crimes include smuggling and illegal distribution of marine safety goods during the holiday season, false indications of the origin of imported marine products around the Chuseok holidays, the outflow of national wealth such as core technologies in the marine industry, and maritime border crimes.
"As international crimes are increasingly becoming more intelligent and organized under the pandemic situation, we will mobilize our officers in charge of foreign affairs while strengtheninhg the crackdown through close cooperation with related agencies," said an official at the Korea Coast Guard.