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Amphetamine trafficker nabbed in Taoyuan

2019/05/31 20:54:32

Photo courtesy of the CIB

Taipei, May 31 (CNA) A man who stands accused of masterminding an amphetamine smuggling operation from Vietnam into Taiwan earlier this year has been arrested, the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) announced Friday.

The 42-year-old suspect surnamed Ho (何) was detained in Taoyuan a day earlier for his role in the case, in which 400 kilograms of amphetamine concealed in a shipment of tealeaves were intercepted by law enforcement agents, CIB Deputy Commissioner Liao Hsun-cheng (廖訓誠) said in a news conference.

According to Liao, police first received a tipoff early this year that a drug ring was attempting to smuggle amphetamine in containers from Vietnam to Taiwan.

After months of investigation, police targeted a suspicious container and pounced on it when it was transported to a shabby house in Nantou County March 29, Liao said.

A total of 485 boxes of tealeaves were found inside the container, 100 of which contained the 400 kg of drugs, he explained.

The seizure led to the arrest of four accomplices March 30, and eventually Ho was nabbed Thursday, Liao said.

Ho maintained his innocence and claimed that he was just helping friends transport tea back to Taiwan. He has been referred to the Nantou District Prosecutors' office for further investigation.

(By Flor Wang and Liu Chien-pan)