Nine sus­pects de­tained for al­leged traf­fick­ing of drugs

The China Post - - LOCAL -

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.

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