Taipei, Dec. 30 (CNA) A drug trafficking group has been smashed for smuggling 7 kg of heroin worth over NT$100 million (US$3.31 million) from Thailand to Taiwan via parcel post, the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) said Friday. Members of the group purchased the drugs in Thailand, concealed them in decorative wall hangings purchased in Thailand and sent them overland to Yunnan and Guangdong provinces in China with the aim of eventually shipping the packages to Taiwan, said Lin Yen-tien, a section deputy chief at the CIB. The breaking of the case came after an investigation that began in May 2010 after the CIB was tipped off that the group was cooperating with foreign drug dealers with the intention of purchasing heroin in Thailand and selling it in Taiwan, he said. The bureau was tipped off recently that members of the group had shown up in Thailand. CIB officials then informed their Thai counterparts. Thai police discovered that the group had shipped several packages via local logistic companies to China. China's Ministry of Public Security was then informed of the case and discovered the heroin in Yunnan and Guangdong. Police in Taiwan arrested three members of the drug trafficking group at the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport Thursday. The three suspects were interrogated Friday at the Nantou District Prosecutors Office, where they confessed to having used the same method to ship heroin to Taiwan three times in the past. The ringleader of the group, surnamed Lin, was still at large, the police said.
(By Liu Chien-pang and Ann Chen)