Taipei, Illicit drugs with a street value of NT$1 billion (US$32.5 million), including ketamine and an ingredient used to make mephedrone, have been seized in a major drug bust over the past two months, the Coast Guard Administration (CGA) said Monday.
The haul, taken from warehouses believed to belong to the same criminal ring, included 2.8 kilograms of hashish, 60 kilograms of ketamine, 509 packets of druglaced coffee powder, 2,653 kilograms of mephedrone ingredient 2bromo4methylpropiophenone, and 1.02 million tablets of the sedative etizolam, the CGA said. CGA Investigation Branch chief Chang Chunglung said a joint investigation with police and judicial agencies was opened after the branch's Keelung Reconnaissance Brigade received a tip last year that illegal substances were being produced in Ruifang District in New Taipei.
After a sixmonth investigation that included surveillance and the collection of evidence, a 27yearold man surnamed Wu was arrested in early January while making a drug deal in Keelung's Qidu District, Chang said.
Following the arrest, a warehouse was discovered in New Taipei's Wanli District that stocked hashish, ketamine and club drug erimin and other illegal raw ingredients, Chang said.
A further investigation then led to the discovery of raw materials and machinery that made illegal narcotics in the city's Ruifang District in the second half of January, Chang said, and a 28yearold suspect with a criminal record, surnamed Sun (?), was also arrested last week in relation to the case.
Meanwhile, President Tsai Ingwen commended the CGA and related judicial authorities for their discovery of the drugs and the arrest of suspects involved.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel