Taipei, A Czech national arriving from Cambodia was caught trying to smuggle drugs into the country, leading to the arrest later in the day of two Taiwanese suspects in connection with the case, the Aviation Police Bureau said Thursday.
The incident took place Wednesday, when the foreign national was discovered carrying 538 grams of heroin and 2,308 grams of amphetamines in his check-in luggage on arriving at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, authorities said.
The other suspects were arrested later in a motel room in New Taipei, based on information provided by the foreign national, according to the authorities.
A total of NT$200,000 (US$6,476) was seized from the Taiwanese suspects.
According to airport police, the money was likely intended as a cash payment for the Czech who worked as a mule for the Taiwanese.
The Taiwanese nationals were identified only by their last names Chen and Wang and the foreign national by the name "Michal."
After questioning, the three men were charged with violating the Narcotics Hazard Prevention Act, and the case was handed over to the Taoyuan District Prosecutors Office to determine whether anyone else was involved in the drug smuggling.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel