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Indian family of three caught trafficking heroin into Taiwan

2015/05/12 19:04:50

Taipei, May 12 (CNA) A family of three from India were caught serving as drug mules which smuggled 3.7 kilograms of heroin into Taiwan, investigators said Tuesday.

The investigators said a Taiwanese man identified by his surname Tsai, the alleged mastermind of a drug trafficking ring who has resided in Thailand for many years, scouted the Indian man, aged around 70 and identified by police only as "Kenneth," and his wife and daughter, to carry the heroin from Thailand to Taiwan, believing that as it was Mother's Day in Taiwan, the security officials would have lowered their guard.

Investigators nabbed the members of the Indian family and a man surnamed Su, another Taiwanese member of the ring, who came to the family's hotel to take delivery of the drugs Sunday. They also tracked down Tsai.

Another local ring member surnamed Lin, who coordinated the drug trafficking operation, attempted to flee the country, but was also nabbed at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport.

Investigators have turned all six over to the Taipei Prosecutors Office on suspected violations of the Narcotics Hazard Prevention Act.

(By Liu Shih-yi and Lilian Wu)
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