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Published On: Sat, Feb 17th, 2018

600 kg of ecstasy seized in Taiwan

nsnbc : Some 600 kilograms of ecstasy with a street value of some NT$3 billion or about US$100 million, were seized in the Taiwanese capital Taipei last month. The main suspect was arrested this week, the Taiwanese Investigation Bureau said. Earlier this month Taiwanese authorities made another record bust and seized 1,300 kg of ketamine.

Ecstasy busted in Taiwan, 2018The 600 kg ecstasy were a record schedule 2 drug haul busted in Taiwan. It was carried out by investigators based on a tipoff received in December 2017 that a drug trafficking ring was preparing to smuggle in a large shipment of ecstasy from China around the Lunar New Year holiday, the bureau said.

After screening thousands of customs clearance documents, a task force led by Keelung prosecutors and customs officers found 977 parcels of narcotics, weighing 600 kilograms in total, hidden in three containers that purportedly contained clothing, according to the bureau. The drugs were found in Taipei on Jan 15 during checks at several depots, the bureau said.

However, the main suspect was not detained until February 12, when he tried to claim the parcels in Taichung, and has since been held incommunicado at a detention center, according to the bureau. The bureau said the task force is carrying out further investigation into the case in an effort to track down all the other major suspects and accomplices.

Almost 1,300 kg of ketamine were discovered on this fishing vessel.

Almost 1,300 kg of ketamine were discovered on this fishing vessel.

The drug bust was the fourth major cache seized by Taiwan law enforcement since late last year. In late October 2017, investigators raided a large factory that allegedly was producing ecstasy in Taipei’s Nangkang District.

A month later, law enforcement officers seized 14 kilograms of heroin in Taichung, and in December raided a ketamine factory in Taichung.

In early February the largest drug bust in Taiwan’s history went down when police in Kaohsiung raided a fishing boat docked at a pier to discover 126 packages containing almost 1,300 kilogram of ketamine.

According to Keelung Customs Office Deputy Director Yeh Ming-hsing total of 4,400 kilograms of drugs were seized at the country’s four customs last year. In the first two months this year, some 2,725 kilograms of drugs were busted at the Keelung Customs, he noted.

CH/L – nsnbc 17.02.2018

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