A twenty-two year-old New Zealand man was arrested at Taipei Taoyuan International Airport on February 29 carrying 2.7 kilograms of heroin sewn into the fabric of his backpack.
Customs and immigration authorities thought the man was suspicious because of his flight path. The man, who has not been named, flew directly from New Zealand to Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Then after a brief stop, he flew to Incheon Korea, where he boarded a flight to Taipei.
After putting the backpack through an x-ray test, investigators determined it was suspicious. They cut the lining of the bag and found a suspicious substance which was found to be heroin.
If convicted, the man will face a possible death sentence, or life imprisonment with a fine of 20 million Taiwan dollars.