Suspected maker, supplier of designer drugs arrested in New Taipei

05/14/2019 07:27 PM
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Taipei, May 14 (CNA) Authorities in New Taipei last week seized some NT$5 million (US$160,643) worth of designer drugs and arrested a man who was suspected of being the largest manufacturer and supplier in northern Taiwan, the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) said Tuesday.

Designer drugs, also called new psychoactive substances (NPS), include synthetic cannabinoids, synthetic cathinone, phenethylamines, piperazines and ketamine.

At a press conference, chief of the CIB's Third Investigation Corp Chen Pei-te (陳培德) said the raid was conducted in the wee hours of the morning on May 11 at the home of the suspect.

About 3,980 Nimetazepam tablets, an intermediate-acting hypnotic drug, were found at the man's residence in a remote area in New Taipei's Sanxia District, Chen said.

A stash of other designer drugs was found disguised as packets of coffee and plum snacks, he said.

During the raid, police also found and seized various types of industrial-grade equipment such as mixers, and sealing and tablet-making machines, which Chen said were used to make illicit drugs.

According to the CIB, the suspect had been buying the raw materials and equipment online and had learned on websites how to make the drugs.

The designer drugs seized in the raid had an estimated street value of NT$5 million, according to the CIB.

(By Huang Li-yun and Ko Lin)


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