136 kilogram cocaine shipment intercepted at Port of Kaohsiung

Coast Guard investigators, along with customs officers and national police intercepted a shipment of cocaine at the Port of Kaohsiung two days ago, according to reports released today, November 5.

Investigators were first tipped around six months ago that a transnational drug trafficking group planned to use the Port of Kaohsiung as a trans-shipment point for drug shipments from Central and South America. Coast Guard, Customs, and National Police formed a special group to investigate the claims.

After relevant intelligence was gathered, the team swooped on a container in the re-export section at the Port of Kaohsiung at 10:00am, November 3.

Investigators uncover packs of a suspicious white powder at the Port of Kaohsiung. Picture: Taiwan Coast Guard Bureau.

The team found 200 packs containing 136.435 kilograms of a white powder which tests identified as cocaine. The shipment is suspected to have been destined for Countries in Southeast Asia, according to a report in United Daily News.

Specific destinations are not being named in order to avoid compromising the investigation.

A test identifies the suspicious white powder as cocaine. Picture: Taiwan Coast Guard.

Some reports in Liberty Times and United Daily News used the terms “heroin” and “cocaine” interchangeably.

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