Nine suspects detained for alleged trafficking of drugs
Nine suspects have been turned over to the authorities for alleged involvement in drug trafficking, police said Monday.
The police also seized a total of 28 kilograms of heroin, which they said has a market value of about NT$148 million ( US$4.78 million).
The Criminal Investigation Division of the Taipei City Police Department said they were tipped off as early as February that several people were planning to smuggle heroin from Thailand.
Late Saturday, eight of the suspects returned to Taiwan from Thailand with a tour group, and police found that they were all dressed in loose clothing. They later seized 14.097 kg of heroin hidden under their clothes.
Police said that one suspect, identified only by his surname Chang , was in charge of leading a group of people to serve as drug mules, each of whom received NT$200,000 per mission.
Police also found NT$782,000 in cash in a vehicle that was scheduled to pick up the suspects at the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport.
Police then tracked down the wholesale dealer of heroin, identified only his surname Liao Sunday, and seized 13.749 kg of heroin, as well as NT$132,000.
The nine suspects were turned over to the Taoyuan District Prosecutors Office on charges of violation of the Narcotics Hazard Prevention Act.