Taipei, A total of 94.138 kilograms of heroin with a street value of about NT$2.4 billion (US$78.08 million) was seized in a drug bust in Keelung, leading to the arrest of two suspected drug smugglers, the Investigation Bureau announced Friday.
Police found 242 bricks of heroin hidden in a container filled with machinery equipment imported from Thailand on Jan. 27, the bureau said.
Each brick has an estimated street value of NT$10 million, which means the haul had a total value of around NT$2.4 billion, investigators said.
The seizure was one of the biggest drug busts in Taiwan's recent history, they said.
Although the case was initiated by the bureau, the raid was jointly carried out by the Taipei District Prosecutors Office and Customs Administration officers that day.
The drugs were brought into the country by two men surnamed Chang and Yen both of whom are currently being detained and held incommunicado for further questioning.
The haul was large enough to meet the needs of 9 million addicts in Taiwan for six months, according to investigators.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel