Taipei--A Malaysian man arrested at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport last year for carrying nearly six kilograms of cocaine while making a transit stop has been found guilty and sentenced to nine years in prison on charges of transporting category one narcotics by the Taiwan High Court.
The 19-year-old man, Gajend, who stashed the cocaine, with a street value of about NT$60 million (US$1.98 million) in his luggage, was detained by aviation police and customs officers after an X-ray security check of his luggage revealed something suspicious when transiting through Taiwan on his way from Brazil to Macau at about 6 p.m. on March 13, 2016.
The luggage was found to contain 15 packets of cocaine weighing a total of 5,968 grams hidden in bedsheets, clothing and bags, according to aviation police.
After being detained, the man told police he was taking the luggage to Macau on behalf of his boss and did not know what was inside.
However, after further investigation, Gajend confessed.
After taking into consideration mitigating factors, including the fact that Gajend had just turned 18 when he was arrested and his family's relatively straitened circumstances, the high court took the death penalty and life imprisonment off the table, instead sentencing him to nine years in prison and deportation on completion of his sentence.
The case can still be appealed.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel