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Drug smuggler busted; 312 kg of ketamine seized

Drug smuggler busted; 312 kg of ketamine seized

Taipei, May 1 (CNA) A man surnamed Shih has been turned over to law enforcement authorities for allegedly sneaking 312 kilograms of ketamine from China with a market value of NT$150 million (US$4.9 million) into Taiwan, investigators announced Friday. Investigators said that another case in which they seized 667.4 kg of ketamine in Tainan in February led them to track down Shih. Shih imported the ketamine in a shipment of 12 wooden crates of large-sized Chinese characters used on shop signs or advertisements imported from Guangdong province to Kaohsiung via Keelung. Shih was arrested when he attempted to pick up the shipment in Kaohsiung. The controlled substance was hidden in layers of the crates. The suspected smuggler was turned over to the Keelung Prosecutors Office and the court granted prosecutors their request to take him into custody and hold him incommunicado. (By Wang Chao-yi and Lilian Wu)


Updated : 2021-09-26 20:02 GMT+08:00