Taipei, Feb. 20 (CNA) The Taichung District Prosecutors Office indicted three men on Wednesday for attempting to smuggle drugs to Malaysia.
The three suspects, all Taiwanese nationals in their 20s, were arrested in May 2018 after purchasing 18,990 5-mg tablets of nimetazepam (marketed under the brand name Erimin) from a dealer in Tainan and shipping them to Malaysia, according to the indictment.
Nimetazepam is a Class III controlled drug, and under Taiwan's Narcotics Hazard Prevention Act, those found guilty of producing, transporting and selling Class III drugs can face a prison sentence of up to seven years and a fine of up to NT$7 million (US$227,000).
The suspects packed the drugs at the bottom of four boxes containing dolls and mailed them at a postal office in Taichung in mid-April to a destination in Malaysia, the indictment said.
Before the packages were sent, one of the suspects flew to the Southeast Asian nation, where he was to wait for a meeting with their buyer and collect payment for the drugs, according to prosecutors.
The suspect never did get meet the buyer or confirm that the packages were delivered, however, because the packages were checked by customs inspectors upon their arrival at Kuala Lumpur International Airport and found to contain hidden drugs.
Without information on the packages' whereabouts, the suspect who was in Malaysia flew back to Taiwan and went to the post office with his two accomplices to ask about it.
The trio were then arrested by police officers who were waiting for them to show up, the indictment said.