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Aviation police seize cocaine, marijuana

2017/10/24 15:44:20

Photo courtesy of the police

Taipei, Oct. 24 (CNA) Aviation police and customs officials have seized more than three kilograms of cocaine and 15 kg of marijuana at a warehouse for imports close to Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport.

Aviation Police Bureau officials said at a press conference Tuesday that their investigators and Taipei Customs officials discovered the drugs on Oct. 20 and Oct. 23.

The drugs were found in metal tubes that had been declared to customs as "shock absorbers" at the Taiwan Air Cargo Terminal (TACT) warehouse dedicated to express courier services, the officials said.

In total, 3,983.5 grams of cocaine and 15,238 grams of marijuana were seized during the raids, and the bureau estimated that if the drugs had reached the local market, they could have "harmed the health of more than 470,000 users."

Aviation police cooperated with Taoyuan district prosecutors to arrest two suspects in the case, one in New Taipei and the other in Taipei on Monday.

According to aviation police, the men, surnamed Hung (洪) and Teng (鄧), confessed they were hired by friends for between NT$3,000 (US$99) to NT$8,000 to take delivery of the cargo.

After being questioned, the two men were handed over to prosecutors on suspicion of violating the Narcotics Hazard Prevention Act. At the same time, aviation police were continuing their investigation in the hope of hunting down those masterminding the crime.

(By Chiu Chun-chin and Elizabeth Hsu)