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Taiwan investigators help bust drug ring in Malaysia

2017/04/20 19:20:14

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Taipei, April 20 (CNA) Nine people involved in a drug trafficking ring were arrested in Malaysia on Tuesday following a joint effort by Taiwanese and Malaysian law enforcement authorities, Taiwan's Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) said Thursday.

It said a cache of drugs with a street value of 2.4 million Malaysian ringgit (US$545,579) was seized during the raid.

The joint operation was launched after the CIB passed on to Malaysian police intelligence obtained during the interrogation of a suspect who was arrested last year in connection with a cross-border drug operation.

On Tuesday, seven Malaysians, one Vietnamese and one Bangladeshi were arrested at three locations in Kuala Lumpur on suspicion of involvement in a major drug ring, the CIB said

During the raid, law enforcement officers seized 37.5 kilograms of ephedrine, 26,687 MDMA tablets, 21,396 Erimin tablets, 115 grams of amphetamine, 60 grams of marijuana, 44 grams of ketamine and 2.193 kilograms of toxic capsules.

The drug raid was a result of intelligence sharing between law enforcement authorities in the two countries, the CIB said, adding that Taiwan will continue to strengthen cooperation with other countries to share intelligence and fight crime.

(By Chu Tze-wei and Evelyn Kao)