A large haul of 44 kilograms of ketamine with an estimated street value of over NT$100 million (US$3.14 million) was seized Tuesday by police and prosecutors in New Taipei.
According to the anti-crime task force of the Criminal Investigation Bureau in Taichung, it was tipped off 11 months ago that members of a Taichung-based crime ring traveled frequently between China and Taiwan in October in an attempt to smuggle a large amount of illegal drugs into Taiwan concealed in shipping containers.
The task force said it decided to raid a logistics company in New Taipei after assessing that it had declared the containers at Customs and that the goods inside the containers could be taken away at any time.
Against this backdrop, prosecutors and sniffer dogs conducted a search of the company’s premises early Tuesday, and found 42 cartons there. Eight of them were discovered to contain 338 parcels of ketamine weighing a total of 44 kg, the task force said.
A 38-year-old man surnamed Chiang, along with a man surnamed Huang, 45, and a man surnamed Chen, 42, were arrested as they attempted to take away the drugs.
According to the police, the three men, who have been handed over to prosecutors, do not have criminal records.
Police said that they highly suspect that a mastermind is behind the scenes and that they will continue their investigation to track down the major suspect and find out if the ring is responsible for any of the other drugs that have entered the market.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel