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Taiwan and United States assist Thailand in catching Golden Triangle heroin gang

Taiwan and United States assist Thailand in catching Golden Triangle heroin gang

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwan cooperated with Thailand and the United States to destroy some of the most important heroin suppliers to the island, the Ministry of Justice Investigation Bureau announced Wednesday.
Early Wednesday morning, special Thai army units arrested three key gangs near Chiang Mai specialized in smuggling heroin to Taiwan because of their Chinese language abilities, according to the MJIB.
The authorities arrested the top leaders of the Jifan, Jimao and Singhol gangs and confiscated assets worth 10 million baht, the Bureau said. The catch was the result of a large-scale cooperation between Taiwan’s MJIB and Criminal Investigation Bureau, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration and two Thai government anti-drug organizations.
The action in the Golden Triangle on the border between Thailand, Myanmar and China dealt a mortal blow to the heroin gangs, the MJIB said.
The gang leaders spoke Chinese because of their close connections with nearby Yunnan Province, facilitating relations with Taiwanese criminal gangs looking to distribute the heroin on the island.
The group frequently used traditional Thai wooden furniture to smuggle the drugs into Taiwan. The large quantities of heroin arriving in the country drew the attention of the MJIB, leading them to request international cooperation in shutting off the supply line. The authorities caught 133 kilograms of heroin in nine separate incidents, the Bureau said.
On January 10, Thailand already arrested another gang responsible for smuggling 100 kilograms of heroin into Taiwan.
The MJIB called the latest case an example of how Taiwan could cooperate at a high level with countries it did not have official diplomatic relations with.
Taiwan has been trying to expand links with overseas crime-fighting bodies. On April 26, it signed an agreement with China expected to lead to the extradition of prominent fugitives, while President Ma Ying-jeou also expressed the wish to have a similar arrangement with the United States.


Updated : 2021-06-24 05:49 GMT+08:00