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Operation to enhance recovery of administrative fines and default surcharges for using classes III and IV drugs

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  • Last updated:2019-07-18
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After hearing the presentation on the New Generation Anti-Drug Strategy at the 3548th Executive Yuan Council meeting (May 11, 2017), Premier Lin responded that the Anti-Drug is a critical battle requiring the concerted efforts of the central and local governments and the collaboration between the government and the public, as drug prevention matters social security and national development. He further urged governments at all levels and the public to combat drugs together to keep drugs away from future generations. All 13 branches of the Administrative Enforcement Agency (AEA), Ministry of Justice (MOJ), already received a notice before March 30, 2017 to draw up implementation plans and investigate the whereabouts and the property available for recovery of delinquent payers of administrative fines and default surcharges for using classes III and IV drugs. AEA branches also held coordination meetings with the police to discuss the operations in order to reach a consensus on enhancing the recovery action. Between January and April 2017, local police departments referred a total of 10,137 cases involving administrative fines and default surcharges under the Narcotics Hazard Prevention Act. In response to Premier Lin’s appeal and as a member of the government’s anti-drug team, the AEA declares war against drugs in order to exercise public authority, raise the payment rate of such cases and realize the monetary obligations of the country under public law. The AEA thus implemented compulsory execution to recover from delinquent payers the administrative fines and default surcharges for using classes III and IV drugs. On May 16, 2017, the AEA branches launched the first wave of synchronous operations to urge delinquent payers to pay the default surcharge for “willful absence from the narcotic hazards class.” Actions in the operations include garnishing their property, advising them to pay the amount in their homes, and seizing their real estate and/or property. The AEA also timely enhanced the seizure and enforcement of causes involving dummy firms and corporations, such as premises with higher drug supply potential like game halls and internet cafés, in collaboration with the police to inhibit drug supply and demonstrate the determination to combat drugs. On June 7, 2017, AEA branches launched the second wave of operations to recover the administrative fine or default surcharge from payers who “refused or deferred to pay it for five or more times” in real action with the local police. Actions in the operations included garnishing their property, advising them to pay the amount in their home and seizing their real estate or property. On June 30, 2017, the AEA branches launched the third wave of operations in real action with the local police. Actions in the operations included garnishing their property, advising them to pay the amount in their home, and seizing their real estate or property. By the end of 2017, a total of NT$130.33 million was recovered under the operation.

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