Taiwanese man arrested for trafficking more than 1,000kg of drugs

TAIPEI, Taiwan - A Taiwanese suspect was arrested late last month for allegedly trafficking more than 1,000 kilograms of an illegal controlled substance that can be made into amphetamine, the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) announced yesterday.

The suspect, surnamed Lin, was arrested by police authorities in New Taipei City on Nov. 27 after customs authorities determined the ring he led had allegedly transported 1,003 kilograms of chloroephedrine, listed as a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree, into Taiwan from mainland China, the CIB said in a released statement.

The bust was made after the CIB received tips that the ring attempted to transport 106 bags of chloroephedrine into Taiwan by sea under the pretense that it was to be used for construction putty powder.

They hid the batch of illicit drugs in a cargo container and were trying to enter Keelung from the other side of the Taiwan Strait, the statement said.

The case is now being investigated by the Taoyuan District Prosecutors Office to find out whether there were more suspects involved in the drug trafficking case, it added.

According to local media reports, the seized substance can be made into 700 kilograms of amphetamine that has a market price of more than NT$200 million (S$8.6 million).