Female drug suspect dead after police fire at car

One of two females who attempted to escape from a police checkpoint died after an officer fired two shots at the car in Xinzhuang District, New Taipei City yesterday, April 25. Police stopped an Audi SUV driven by a 29-year-old woman named Lin at a roadside checkpoint on Zhonggang East Road at around 10:00 pm. Traveling with Ms Lin was 30-year-old woman, also named Lin, but unrelated. Both women wound down their windows and cooperated with police until, a license

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Large cannabis grow-op uncovered in Hsinchu County

The Criminal Investigation Bureau raided a property in Hsinchu County recently and uncovered a marijuana cultivation operation with more than 1,600 plants, the CIB revealed at a press conference today, April 21. A police spokesperson said that the Taipei office of the CIB received a report in mid-March that a drug cartel had rented a large factory in Hsinchu to plant cannabis. The subsequent investigation found that seedlings were raised in the factory, then transferred to a property in the

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National record for cannabis cultivation broken once again, after 1,600+ plant grow-op busted

Chiayi County police and district prosecutors uncovered a record haul of 1,648 marijuana plants after raids on multiple properties in the county, Sunday, February 21. The previous record for a cannabis cultivation operation bust for Taiwan law enforcement was set in August 2020, when Taichung City Police uncovered 1,361 plants in Nantou County. See previous story: Biggest marijuana plantation in Taiwan’s history busted in Nantou County Chiayi County police began an investigation into the operation in November 2020, and raided

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20-kilogram amphetamine haul found on New Taipei City coast drifted from Pingtung County after smuggling boat capsized

An investigation has concluded that a 20.8 kilogram haul of amphetamines found by anglers in Wanli District, New Taipei City had originated from a boat that capsized off the coast of Pingtung County last year, prosecutors announced today, February 4. According to reports, a man named Lin and three friends were fishing on the coast in Wanli District on May 12, 2020, when they noticed a bag floating on the sea. The men scooped the bag ashore and found that

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Ketamine smuggled from Pakistan in rock salt shipment leads to major drug supplier bust

An investigation into a haul of ketamine hidden in a shipment of rock salt imported from Pakistan earlier this month led to the bust of a local drug manufacturing operation, and prevented the import of more than 500 kilograms of ketamine and heroin from Thailand, Kaohsiung District Prosecutors revealed today. On December 4, a joint task force of the Criminal Investigation Bureau, Kaohsiung City Maritime Affairs Field Division, and Kaohsiung City Customs Department opened a container at the Port of

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Investigation Bureau loses 6.5 kilograms of amphetamines

Four officers of the Ministry of Justice Investigation Bureau (MJIB) were demoted and transferred today while an investigation continues into 6.5 kilograms of amphetamines that was “lost” while being transferred to a lab in New Taipei City. According to media reports, officers from the Keelung City Field Office, Maritime Affairs Field Division lost the haul while it was being delivered to a investigative laboratory in Hsintien District, New Taipei City, in November last year, but the incident was not reported

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More than 500 marijuana plants seized in Pingtung County raid

Police in Pingtung County seized 524 cannabis plants, and arrested two male suspects, after raiding a farmhouse in Zhutian Township Thursday morning, November 12. Police said at a press conference today that the bust came after an investigation spanning more than three months. In July, police were tipped off that someone was manufacturing and selling marijuana cigarettes somewhere in the Zhutian area. After a three month long investigation two suspects and a property were identified. On the morning of November

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Suspect cannabis grower claims 467 plants were for his own use

A man told police that 467 marijuana plants growing on two New Taipei City properties were for his own use, but investigators are not buying his claim. Police began an investigation recently after residents reported a suspicious smell coming from a house in Tamsui District. Investigators suspected the smell was marijuana and applied for a search warrant. Yesterday afternoon, October 15, police raided the property and arrested a 43-year-old man named Liao after finding 120 cannabis plants in the house.

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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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