Biggest marijuana plantation in Taiwan’s history busted in Nantou County

Taichung City Police Department announced today that it had seized at total of 1,361 cannabis plants in what is considered to be the largest marijuana growing operation uncovered in the history of Taiwan law enforcement. According to police report, an investigation began in July this year after a dealer was arrested in Taichung City. Police investigators traced the source of the cannabis up several levels, implicating dealers in Kaohsiung City, and eventually leading to a suspect named Liu in Nantou

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Man busted for drugs protests: search warrant is for guns only

A suspect found in possession of amphetamines, and cultivating marijuana, protested to police because the search warrant was issued to search for firearms, according to reports in Liberty Times and United Daily News. Police in Shulin District, New Taipei City were tipped off several days ago that Mr Lin, 44, was modifying and selling firearms. A search warrant was executed on March 26, and police duly searched Lin’s residence. As police entered Lin’s residence, Lin called out to a family

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Cannabis compressed as “tea cake” intercepted at Taoyuan International Airport

A Canadian citizen was arrested at Taipei Taoyuan International Airport after customs officials found 20 kilograms of marijuana in his checked baggage, police revealed at a press conference today, January 9. The 40-year-old Chinese Canadian man named Wei (危), was arrested at around 5:00 am, December 28, after an x-ray examination of his luggage raised the suspicions of customs officers. Officers took Wei and his baggage to an examination room where they opened the luggage. The officers found 20 round

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Taiwan and Japan coast guards, police, cooperate in 600kg amphetamine smuggling operation bust

At least three Taiwanese suspects were arrested yesterday, after Japan Coast Guard officers and police intercepted a vessel in Kumamoto Prefecture attempting to smuggle 600 kilograms of amphetamine into Japan. Taiwan Coast Guard Administration officers in Kaohsiung tipped off their counterparts in Japan after receiving information on a transnational narcotics smuggling operation headed by a Taiwanese national named Huang. According to reports, Taiwan’s Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) had been investigating the case for several months, and after notifying Japan’s National

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College student sentenced to 15-year prison term for picking up drug package

A fourth-year college student was sentenced to a 15 years and two months prison term for picking up a package of heroin on behalf of another man in Taichung City two years ago. According to reports, the 24-year-old man named Lin met a man nicknamed King Dinosaur (real name Chen, 38) at a nightclub in Taichung City in August 2017. Realizing Lin was short of money, Chen offered him an easy way of earning cash, by obtaining mobile phones from

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Canadian man arrested attempting to import more than 30kg cannabis at Taoyuan International Airport

A Canadian national was arrested at Taipei Taoyuan International Airport October 30 after being found in possession of more than 30 kilograms of marijuana stored in two suitcases, it was revealed at a press conference today. The suspect, who has not been named in media reports, was intercepted at 5:00am October 30 after an x-ray search of checked baggage from an Eva Air flight arriving from Toronto at terminal 2 raised customs officers’ suspicions. After the suspect, described as being

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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

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Canadian given light sentence for cannabis cultivation

A Canadian cram school owner was sentenced to two years in prison, and will not be deported, after a court determined that he had grown for his own use, and was a conscientious and dedicated teacher of English. Mr Lee, 52, was arrested January 30, 2019, after a police search of a property in Longtan District, Taoyuan City turned up 163 marijuana plants under cultivation, 893 grams of dry cannabis, and related equipment. The police investigation found that Lee had

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Cannabis chocolate grow-op busted in Miaoli County

Miaoli County district prosecutors and the Criminal Investigation Bureau raided a property in Zhunan Township, Thursday, September 5, and arrested four men involved in growing marijuana which they processed into chocolate products. According to a report in Liberty Times, the police were astonished to find that the men did not sell the leaves and flowers of the plant to be smoked, but rather processed it into edible products. Investigators seized 220 mature cannabis plants, 11 seedlings, a quantity of seeds,

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Taiwan Customs to tighten checks for flights from North America after record marijuana haul at Taoyuan Airport

Taiwan Customs Administration has already removed Canada and the USA from the list of countries with a low risk of drug trafficking, after a passenger arriving on a flight from Los Angeles was found with two suitcases full of cannabis earlier this month. A Taiwanese citizen named Guo (郭) was intercepted at Taipei Taoyuan airport at 5:00am on June 1, and found to have 37 kilograms of cannabis heads packed in 66 bags in two checked-in suitcases. There had been

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Biggest Cannabis Growing Op in Taiwan History Busted in Taitung

Taitung Coastguard investigators and police raided a property in Taitung City December 3, and uncovered a cannabis growing operation containing 794 plants, 7 kilograms of dried marijuana, and prepackaged marijuana cigarettes. Investigators claim the market value of the haul is worth over NT$230 million, and is the biggest ever in Taiwan. Two men, Mr Zhang, 60, and Mr Chen, 68, were arrested and are being detained incommunicado on suspicion of producing and manufacturing a class 2 drug. Investigators said they

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