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Two Chinese arrested in Kaohsiung for selling Morphine-laced pills

Two Chinese arrested in Kaohsiung for selling Morphine-laced pills

Kaohsiung, Dec. 31 (CNA) Prosecutors in Taiwan's southern city of Kaohsiung opened an investigation Tuesday into two Chinese travelers accused of selling what they call traditional Chinese medicine that was found to include morphine. The two were arrested a day earlier at a hotel where police seized 14 kinds of questionable medicine from their luggage. Four types of the medicine tested positive for illegal drugs, according to the police report. One suspect was found to be carrying a nametag identifying him as a doctor from an herbal medicine institute in Shanghai, but the name was not consistent with that on the document he used to enter Taiwan on Dec. 20. The other suspect had a large number of name cards identifying him as a professor from the same institution that also did not match up with his travel documents. During questioning, the two told police they were traveling independently, i.e. not in a tour group, to deliver medicine to buyers in Taiwan who they said placed orders online. Police suspect the men gained the confidence of buyers by using phony certificates. The medicine was allegedly sold at NT$1,500 (US$50) per parcel on claims it could treat cancer, stomach aches, coughing, and pulmonary tuberculosis. (By Cheng Che-fon and Elizabeth Hsu)


Updated : 2021-03-01 21:18 GMT+08:00