Police investigators found 5 bricks of high-grade heroin hidden under a child’s car seat, after swooping on a vehicle to arrest a suspect wanted for involvement in importing a large quantity of amphetamine precursors intercepted in May last year.
The 38 year-old suspect named Wang was arrested after 5 police cars surrounded his vehicle in an alley in Nantun District, Taichung City yesterday, July 30. A search of Wang’s vehicle turned up 5 bricks of heroin of up to 90% purity, with a total weight of 1,917.91 grams. Investigators suspect the heroin originated in the Golden Triangle region around the Thai-Myanmar border.
In recent months, the street price of heroin has risen from NT$8,000 per gram to NT$15,000 per gram, police said. Police attributed the price rise to the success of their anti-narcotics efforts, which has resulted in less heroin hitting the streets.
Based on current values, the haul is said to have a street value of NT$15 million. Police said the contraband had the potential to poison up to 20,000 people.
Apple Daily reported that Wang was sentenced to 18 years in prison when he was 18 years old for crimes related to kidnapping for ransom. He had been released on parole after 8 years. Since then, he married and had children.
Wang was identified as a suspected drug trafficker during an investigation into the importation of 504 kilograms of amphetamine precursor intercepted by Coast Guard in the Taiwan Strait in May last year.
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