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Man charged with illegally importing pesticides from China
Central News Agency
2014-02-26 09:07 PM
Taipei, Feb. 26 (CNA) Prosecutors in the northern county of Miaoli brought charges against a Taichung agricultural chemicals wholesaler Wednesday for illegally importing chemicals and pesticides from China via other countries to obtain customs declaration forms. In the indictment, the Miaoli District Prosecutors' Office charged the 39-year-old suspect, surnamed Wu, with violating the Agro-pesticides Management Act by bringing 147 metric tons of more than 20 different controlled agricultural chemicals into Taiwan at low prices since November 2012. He is accused of making illegal gains estimated at NT$13.75 million (US$454,200) as of the end of last year. One hundred prosecutors, investigators and police officers launched a raid along with inspection and quarantine officials on the suspect's Taichung luxury home following a tip-off in late 2013, seizing nearly 85 metric tons of illegally imported farm chemicals. Under Council of Agriculture regulations, Chinese-produced agricultural chemicals are prohibited from being imported into Taiwan, but prosecutors alleged that Wu got around the restrictions by sending the items to a third location and using import licenses provided by other companies, including two shell companies respectively registered under the names of his mother and his wife. The imports were then allegedly repackaged in Taiwan and labeled with registered numbers for farm chemical products before being sold to distributors in Miaoli and as far south as Tainan, prosecutors said. (By Kuan Jui-pin and Evelyn Kao)
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