My best guess is that
1) He saw everyone in the world cracking down on dissent.
2) He realized the drug dealers would still need to move product when everyone else is not moving.
3) He is worried more and more jobless people will turn to drugs.
so, he’s cracking down when he has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
OR, this is the beginning of a Prison Planet.
I wish I knew for sure.
I thought about posting this to WTF, but settled on NEWS.