Two local men were arrested after attempting to post about 55,000 tablets of Nimetazepam, better known as Erimin, to Indonesia, police said on Thursday.
The Aviation Police Bureau in Taoyuan said that during a security inspection of air mail at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport on Dec. 19, two suspicious express parcels bound for Indonesia were opened and found to contain potato chips, instant noodles and large quantities of tablets wrapped in aluminum foil.
The nearly 30,000 tablets were later determined to be hypnotic drug Erimin. Aviation police found more of the drug in similar parcels the following day.
In total 54,180 Erimin tablets were seized, weighing 16.88 kg, in two days.
Police then tracked down two men, surnamed Tseng and Chen, who sent four parcels from post offices in Banqiao, New Taipei.
Tseng and Chen told police that they sent the drugs to friends, each time receiving a payment of NT$50,000 (US$1,560).
After being questioned by police officers, the two were sent to Taoyuan Prosecutors Office for suspected violation of the Narcotics Hazard Prevention Act.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel