Amphetamine Factory Bust the Largest in Taiwan History

Police raided a warehouse in Tucheng District, New Taipei City, and uncovered what police described as the largest amphetamine manufacturing operation in the history of Taiwan.

On the Monday evening, April 16, two men were arrested, and 259kg of amphetamine crystals, along with 7,000kg of liquid precursor was confiscated. Police estimate that a total of 3,000kg of amphetamine, with an estimated market price of NT$3 billion, could have been manufactured using the product on hand.

The factory was located at the end of a dead-end alley, which was guarded by a large number of security monitor cameras, in a 100 ping sheet steel building.

After interrogating two suspects, in the presence of three lawyers, yesterday, police early this morning applied for a detention order. The suspects will be held incommunicado while police widen the investigation to find others behind the operation.

Police formed an ad hoc group reporting to the New Taipei City Prosecutor’s Office, to investigate the operation after a tip-off given online in February.

Ke Wenje, inspects drugs
Taipei City Mayor Ke Wenje inspects a haul of drugs confiscated by a police task force in New Taipei City.
drug precursors loaded onto truck
Truckloads of drugs, precursors, and equipment were taken from the factory in Tucheng District.
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