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Taiwanese nabbed with 202 kilograms of ketamine

Taiwanese nabbed with 202 kilograms of ketamine

A woman suspected of importing large amounts of illegal drugs into Taiwan was caught by the Cabinet-level Coast Guard Administration yesterday, the latest development in what the agency claims to be the biggest drug trafficking case in Taiwan history.CGA officials said that the detained suspect, 25-year-old Huang Shu-chun (黃淑君) from Taipei County, was a member of a transnational organization of drug smugglers allegedly responsible for bringing 202 kilograms of powdered ketamine - an addictive psychedelic used medically as a veterinary and human anesthetic - into the country.
The 156 containers of the drug, packed into 13 boxes of aircargo and labelled health food, were seized by the CGA's airport mobility squad at Chiang Kai-Shek International Airport in Taoyuan last month.
Transnational organization
The CGA then spent nearly one month tracking down the receiver, finally zeroing in on Huang, who was immediately indicted for violating the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act upon her capture. If she is found guilty she faces up to five years in prison or a maximum fine of NT$5 million.
According to the CGA, the transnational drug trafficking organization Huang belonged to is notorious for successfully avoiding coast guards by smuggling drugs through transshipment in countries where the customs inspections would be looser.
The CGA noted that the organization would ship the drugs from Brussels, Belgium, have the packages transit in Paris, France or Subic Bay in the Philippines, then finally have them sent to Taiwan.
The quantity of powdered ketamine in the containers could be made into over 3 million capsules and could sell for approximately NT$150 million, the CGA said, adding that if the cargo wasn't confiscated, the drug could fall into the hands of tens of thousands of teenagers and create family problems. Ketamine, when used inappropriately, reduce funactionality of the brain and nervous system.


Updated : 2021-10-28 07:40 GMT+08:00