Kaohsiung-More than 300 kilograms of the drug ketamine, with a street value of over NT$300 million (US$9.73 million), was seized on board a fishing vessel about 200 nautical miles off the coast of Kaohsiung last week, a senior official at the Coast Guard Administration (CGA) said Sunday.
Juan Wen-chieh (???), deputy chief of the CGA's Investigation Branch, said 320kg of ketamine with a street value of NT$320 million was found on a Cijin District, Kaohsiung-registered fishing boat at sea last Thursday.
The drugs were found in tea packages placed in 14 large bags and hidden in a secret compartment on the boat, Juan said.
The CGA received a tip-off that the boat was attempting to smuggle narcotics into Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan to sell during the annual Spring Scream music festival, which will be held May 3-5 in Kaohsiung's Cijin seaside park, according to Juan.
A source familiar with the operation said that after a period of surveillance, authorities boarded and searched the boat when it was 200 nautical miles at sea southwest of Kaohsiung and seized the drugs.
Followed what he said is the largest amount of drugs seized from a fishing boat this year, Yuan said the authorities will continue to investigate the origin of the drugs.
Ketamine, also known by its street name as "Special K", is designated a Schedule 3 Controlled Drug, according to Kaohsiung's Department of Substance Abuse Control and Prevention website.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel