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CIB escorts fugitive Taiwanese drug dealer back from Malaysia

2018/12/14 21:12:13

Chung Wen-chieh (鍾文傑, center) / Photo courtesy of the Criminal Investigation Bureau

Taipei, Dec. 14 (CNA) Taiwan's Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) issued a press release Friday announcing that officers escorted Chung Wen-chieh (鍾文傑), one of the most wanted men in the country, back to Taiwan from Malaysia a day earlier.

According to the CIB statement, the Kuala Lumpur Police Contingent Headquarters arrested the 40-year-old drug dealer, who has been on the run for 10 years, on Nov. 21 in the Malaysian state of Selangor.

Chung was traveling on a fake passport, but he was recognized by a CIB liaison officer posted in the southeast Asian country and taken into custody after a joint effort by Malaysian police and the CIB.

He was transported back to Taiwan on Thursday after multiple attempts to escape.

Based on police intelligence, Chung is believed to have lived in southeast Asia over the past decade, traveling to Macao, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia.

Chung was sentenced to 12 years and two months in 2008 after being found guilty of leading a drug ring that sold Class two and three drugs and using drugs to control his "employees," but he fled abroad before serving his sentence and was among the CIB's most wanted fugitives.

The joint effort between the Malaysian police, the CIB, and Taiwan's National Immigration Agency (NIA) has seen eleven fugitives escorted back from Malaysia over the past three years.

(By Huang Li-yun and Chi Jo-yao)
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