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Taiwanese man delivers ketamine disguised as antacid powder to quarantined friend

Receptionist hands ‘mysterious powder’ over to police officer stationed at hotel

File photo of white powder. (Pixabay photo)

File photo of white powder. (Pixabay photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The police have launched an investigation after a man dropped off some ketamine disguised as antacid powder for a friend currently quarantining in Taipei.

UDN reported that an anonymous man driving a Porsche arrived at a quarantine hotel in Taipei's Zhongzheng District and requested that the receptionist deliver a can of Chang Kuo Chou Stomachin Antacid Powder to his friend, surnamed Wu (巫), at around 10:30 p.m. on Friday (Jan. 7). He allegedly claimed that Wu had asked him to bring the medicine due to a stomachache before leaving in a hurry.

When the receptionist opened the can and found strange powder inside, they handed it to a police officer stationed at the hotel. The officer identified the powder as ketamine and immediately reported it to his superior, who brought equipment to the hotel for testing.

The police confirmed that the powder, which had a net weight of 27.8 grams, was indeed ketamine. Ketamine is a category 3 narcotic in Taiwan, per UDN.

Wu denied asking his friend to deliver the drug to him when the police called for a preliminary interrogation. The police have tracked down the plate number of the Porsche and transferred relevant evidence to a local precinct for further investigation.