American Arrested in Drugs and Guns Case

An American citizen was arrested in Chiayi County last night, after a Taurus pistol and bullets were found in a car during a police search of the vehicle. Drugs were also found when police searched the suspect’s motel room. Police in Zhongpu were on a routine patrol last night when they spotted a suspicious vehicle. After checking the license number on the police computer, they found the plate did not match the vehicle. The police officers followed the car until

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Cocaine and Cannabis Concealed in Shock Absorbers

Customs officers at Taipei Taoyuan International Airport intercepted shipments of cocaine and cannabis hidden in shock absorbers on October 20 and October 23 respectively and police made two arrests yesterday when the suspects attempted to take delivery of the shipments. An x-ray examination of the shock absorbers drew customs officers’ attention October 20, and after cutting one open, the officers found cocaine. A total of 3.983kg of cocaine was found in the shipment. The Customs Bureau and Police agencies formed

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Cops Bust Marijuana Cigar Shop in Kaohsiung

[Cover Picture: United Daily News] Criminal Investigation Bureau officers in Kaohsiung City arrested two men growing cannabis above a cigar shop in Lingya District yesterday, September 13. According to a Liberty Times Network report, the first floor housed the cigar shop, the third floor was used for growing, and the second floor functioned as a lounge where customers could smoke pot. Sixty-one mature plants were confiscated along with the finished product, seeds, equipment used for growing, and a device for

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Grower of “Marijuana Botanical Garden” Turns Himself In

A man responsible for growing almost 600 cannabis plants on 3 floors of a rental property in Tucheng District, New Taipei City, turned himself in today, after realizing he couldn’t remain on the run. Chinese language media referred to the operation as a “marijuana botanical garden.” Police busted the operation August 3, after the landlord checked the property and found the locks had been changed, and a strong grass-like odor emanated from what purportedly was a frozen seafood distribution business.

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Police Block National Freeway to Make Massive Drug Bust

National Highway Police yesterday used four patrol cars to block the northbound lanes of National Freeway 3 in Taoyuan, causing a 3 kilometer-long traffic jam, allowing Coast Guard and police investigators to intercept drug traffickers carrying 181 kilograms of ketamine. At around 4:00pm Friday, August 4, coast guard officers from the Northern Coastal Patrol Office in a joint operation with Taipei City and Taichung City police followed suspects driving two cars, one described as a black Mercedes Benz from Taichung

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264KG Cannabis Bust in Tainan: “Biggest in Recent Years”

[Cover picture: UDN] Police and Coast Guard officers this morning raided a Penghu registered fishing vessel in Anping fishing port, Tainan City, and intercepted a 264 kilogram haul of cannabis. Prosecutors said it was the biggest marijuana bust in the last five years. The raid was conducted at 1:00am this morning after a tip off from investigators in Kaohsiung. Investigators found 519 bags each weighing around 500 grams. The captain of the fishing boat, Hsia Zhongyi and three Indonesian crew

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Indonesia Police Bust 1 ton Amphetamine Haul: Taiwanese Suspect Shot Dead

[Cover Picture: Channel News Asia] Indonesian police intercepted a record one metric ton haul of crystal methamphetamine imported from China on a tip-off from Taiwan Police today, July 13. A Taiwanese suspect, Lin Minghui was shot dead as he tried to evade police. Another two, Chen Weicuan and Liao Guanyu were arrested, and another suspect, Hsu Yungli is still at large after evading arrest. One of the arrested is in hospital after being shot in the leg. The drugs were

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Grower’s Son Arrested: 254 Cannabis Plants Seized

A 24 year-old man was arrested, and police raided a house in Hsinchu County today, seizing 254 cannabis plants and equipment related to cultivation. United Daily News reported that the man’s father, Mr Hsieh, had rented a two story house in a remote mountain district of Hsinchu County, and engaged his son, a graduate in diplomacy with strong English language skills, to purchase equipment and materials online. Mr Hsieh Senior lived in one room of the house and used the

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Air-force Personnel Test Positive for Drugs

Up to ten air-force personnel at a base in Taichung have returned positive reactions for drugs, after urine tests were ordered for all troops stationed on base yesterday. The drug tests were ordered after 27 packs of white powder were found discarded on the Ching Chuan Kang Air Base, along with a device for smoking drugs. Apple Daily reported that “nearly 10” officers and men have returned positive reactions for drugs. Taichung District prosecutor’s Office is investigating the case. Investigators

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150kg of Meth Seized in Kaohsiung

Police and Coast Guard units swooped on a warehouse in Taliao District, Kaohsiung City today, and seized 150 kilograms of amphetamine. A man surnamed Chen has been arrested, and police are investigating in an attempt to trace the source of the drugs, and accomplices involved. Source: United Daily News

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First Domestically-Produced DMT Bust in Taiwan

A series of raids by Taiwan’s Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) today uncovered Taiwan’s first case of Dimethyltryptamine (DMT) manufacturing. DMT, a drug traditionally associated with South American shamanic practices, induces powerful psychedelic experiences. A man in Taichung surnamed Tsai, was found in possession of 170 kilograms of the finished product, along with 450 kilograms of the raw material. DMT is manufactured from the bark of acacia trees, which are abundant in the mountains of Taiwan. Tsai was busted after an

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