Taipei, Feb. 13 (CNA) A local resident was arrested in Tainan for possession of illegal drugs purchased with money he made working overseas, police said Wednesday.
The 25-year-old man, identified by his surname Wang, was pulled over by police at a road side heck-point in the southern Taiwan city a day earlier, officers said.
Although Wang voluntarily handed police packs of ketamine and amphetamine concealed on his person, he was found to be lying when he said he purchased the drugs with NT$5,000 (US$162) at two local pubs that were shut down some time ago.
Wang then admitted to having bought the narcotics at a pole dance club. He said he was initially reluctant to reveal the location because he did not want anyone to know he frequented such establishments, Tainan police said.
According to the police investigation, Wang, a college freshman dropout from Tainan, went to Australia four years ago. While there, he worked at a slaughterhouse for a year, earning about NT$100,000 a month before returning to Taiwan, police said.
After returning to Taiwan, Wang said he started to frequent night clubs and pubs with the money he made overseas and became addicted to drugs, according to police.
Wang's case has been handed to prosecutors for further investigation.