Breaking Bad: chemistry prof used university lab, students, to operate “one-stop test shop” for Taiwanese drug syndicate

An assistant professor and post-doctoral researcher has been prosecuted for using a university chemistry laboratory with advanced equipment, and having students unknowingly assist in testing imported and locally manufactured illicit drugs for purity, on behalf of a Taiwanese narcotrafficker. Zhang Enming (張恩銘), 44, was charged by the Taipei District Prosecutor’s Office for manufacturing category 3 drugs and other crimes following an investigation into a drug manufacturing operation uncovered in Yilan County in early 2021. According to reports, Zhang, a former

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Police officer shot: arrests suspect before going to hospital

A police officer was shot in the leg by a suspect, but made sure the shooter was handcuffed and arrested before he sought medical attention in New Taipei City last night, March 28. A group of seven police detectives from Tamsui Police Precinct went to Linkou District to arrest a 42-year-old man, named Chen, wanted on suspicion of fraud. When the officers approached Chen in the basement carpark of a residential community on Wenhua Road at around 8:30 pm, Chen

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Suspect arrested two days after armed bank robbery

A man was arrested in Nantou County today in connection with an armed robbery in Kaohsiung City two days ago. At around 3:30 pm on Friday, March 25, a man dressed in a Food Panda uniform shirt, wearing a full-face motorcycle helmet, and armed with a pistol and a can of pepper spray, walked into a branch of Sanxin Bank on Chenggong South Road, Qiaotou District, as the bank was closing for business. The man pointed the pistol at a

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2 police “shooting at the tires” incidents leave 3 injured

Police officers discharged firearms in separate incidents in New Taipei City and Taichung City in the last two days, and three people were injured by police bullets. At around 11:00 pm Thursday, March 10, police in Zhonghe District, New Taipei City, attempted to pull over a driver of a silver Mercedes Benz bearing a false license plate. The 22-year-old driver, named Lin, sped up and attempted to escape. A chase ensued for around twenty minutes until the car, containing three

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Wanted woman chased by police, crashes into pond

A woman wanted for fraud attempted to evade a police check, leading to police shooting at the tires of her vehicle, and a chase that ended in a pond in Banqiao District, yesterday, February 21. At around 4:30 pm, police identified a minivan stopped at an intersection on Yumin Road in Tucheng District, driven by a 27-year-old woman named Zhang, who is wanted on charges of fraud. When police approached the vehicle and asked the woman to show her ID,

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Driver high on laughing gas leads police on slow-speed chase in Taoyuan City

A man who was seen inhaling laughing gas while driving refused to stop, and led police on a chase in Taoyuan City yesterday, February 19. Taoyuan City Police Department received a report at 2:50 pm that a man was seen sucking on a balloon, and suspected to be inhaling laughing gas while driving a white Mercedes Benz erratically in Taoyuan District. When police attempted to pull the driver over, the man, named Lu, refused to stop. Lu continued to drive

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Man arrested for selling Jesus-brand flavored laughing gas

A 31-year-old man was arrested and 137 cylinders of nitrous oxide were seized in New Taipei City, following an investigation into laughing gas being sold under the brand, “Jesus Balloon Shop.” The New Taipei City Police Criminal Investigation Corps began an investigation after finding an internet user advertising flavored laughing gas on social media sites at a price of NT$4,500 per bottle. Flavors advertised included cola, sarsaparilla grape, mango, and honeydew melon. Police investigators traced the posts to a man

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Suspect who killed one, cut off another man’s arm, arrested after 3 weeks on the run

A suspect wanted for attacking two people with a watermelon knife, killing one, and seriously injuring another, during a dispute at a KTV in Pingtung County last month, has been arrested after a 21-day-long manhunt, Pingtung County police announced today, February 17. Pingtung County Police received a report of a dispute at a KTV in Pingtung City at 5:36 am, January 26. Fifteen police officers were dispatched to the scene of the incident. When police arrived the fight was over,

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Armed bank robber arrested after attempting to shoot at police

An armed bank robber attempted to shoot at police officers, but was arrested after his gun jammed and broke apart in Kaohsiung City today, February 11. According to reports, a 50-year-old man named Ye, drove a black Porsche Boxster to a branch of Changhua Bank on Bo’ai Road in Gushan District shortly after noon. Ye entered the bank, threatened a bank teller with a handgun, handed over a plastic bag, and ordered the teller to fill it up with cash.

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Man arrested for planting, detonating bomb that injured man in TSMC carpark

A man suspected of manufacturing, planting, and detonating an improvised explosive device in the Hsinchu Science Park, injuring one person, was arrested today following a two-week-long investigation. At around 5:00 pm, January 14, a 37-year-old man, named Chen, working for an outsourcing company at the TSMC factory, finished work and was about to commute home on his motor scooter when he found an unknown package in the front console of the scooter. When Chen picked up the package it exploded

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Police student sentenced to 5-year prison term for importing marijuana

A student of Taiwan’s Central Police University who was expelled and charged for importing marijuana by mail was handed a 5-year prison term by the Taoyuan District Court, today, January 27. According to an investigation by the Taoyuan District Prosecutor’s Office, the 20-year-old man, named Hsu, in collusion with a person identified only with the nickname “Duck,” conspired to import 200 grams of marijuana with the delivery address being Hsu’s home in Taoyuan District. On August 5, Taipei Customs officers

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