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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Taiwan’s Reefer Madness extends to hemp seed oil: Public cautioned

Narcotics control authorities in Kaohsiung City warned the public not to purchase oil of unclear origin after traces of THC were detected in flax seed oil imported into Taiwan. After being informed by a member of the public, officials from the Kaohsiung City Government Department of Substance Abuse Control and Prevention were shocked to find that people were openly selling hemp seed oil products on the Internet. The bureau also cited a case of a woman who imported flax seed

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Police Officer Arrested for Selling Pot

A police officer in Taichung City was arrested December 23 after an investigating officer responded to an ad on the Internet, and met with the man to purchase a small quantity of marijuana. The 22-year-old police officer named Chen, confessed to his crime and told investigators and prosecutors that he had purchased the cannabis online for his own use, but after smoking it once, he felt that he didn’t like the taste, and decided to get rid of the rest

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Nantou’s Biggest Marijuana Cultivation Operation in 20 Years Busted

Police raided a cannabis cultivation operation in a remote mountain district in Nantou County yesterday, and uncovered what they described as the biggest cultivation operation in 20 years. More than 500 plants were uprooted by investigators in what appeared in police videos to be steep, jungle-clad terrain. Along with the plants, 372 grams of seeds, and 176 grams of dried cannabis tops and leaves were taken as evidence. A 59 year-old man named Deng and his girlfriend were arrested. Deng

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Farmers Busted Growing Pot in Pingtung

Two farmers, both former national athletes, were arrested after a raid by police and coast guard found the men were growing cannabis among trees in an orchard in Pingtung County, July 14. After a 6 month long investigation, officers from a combined investigation team involving officers from coast guard and police units in Pingtung County and Kaohsiung City set up an ambush at 5:00am Saturday morning, and arrested the men when they arrived and began to spray pesticides on the

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Police Dispatch Elite Force to Bust MMA-fighting Cram School Teacher for Growing Pot

An American cram school teacher was arrested after a police raid on his apartment in Nangang District, Taipei City, uncovered a small cannabis growing operation in the apartment, along with the finished product, including buds and leaves, marijuana butter, and marijuana tincture. According to media reports including Mirror Media, police had been watching and investigating the 33 year-old man, named as “Kyle,” for some time after receiving a report that the man was growing cannabis in his apartment. During the

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English Teachers Busted for Growing and Selling Pot

A Nepalese man was arrested yesterday after police raided properties in Taoyuan City and New Taipei City yesterday. A total of 220 cannabis plants, along with one kilogram of dried and prepared product, were found in the raids. Police first raided a residence in Pingzhen District, Taoyuan City belonging to a 39 year-old Taiwanese man named Wei. Wei was found to be in possession of 191 marijuana plants and 1 kilogram of dried cannabis. Wei led them to a 42

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Cocaine and Cannabis Concealed in Shock Absorbers

Customs officers at Taipei Taoyuan International Airport intercepted shipments of cocaine and cannabis hidden in shock absorbers on October 20 and October 23 respectively and police made two arrests yesterday when the suspects attempted to take delivery of the shipments. An x-ray examination of the shock absorbers drew customs officers’ attention October 20, and after cutting one open, the officers found cocaine. A total of 3.983kg of cocaine was found in the shipment. The Customs Bureau and Police agencies formed

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Cops Bust Marijuana Cigar Shop in Kaohsiung

[Cover Picture: United Daily News] Criminal Investigation Bureau officers in Kaohsiung City arrested two men growing cannabis above a cigar shop in Lingya District yesterday, September 13. According to a Liberty Times Network report, the first floor housed the cigar shop, the third floor was used for growing, and the second floor functioned as a lounge where customers could smoke pot. Sixty-one mature plants were confiscated along with the finished product, seeds, equipment used for growing, and a device for

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Grower of “Marijuana Botanical Garden” Turns Himself In

A man responsible for growing almost 600 cannabis plants on 3 floors of a rental property in Tucheng District, New Taipei City, turned himself in today, after realizing he couldn’t remain on the run. Chinese language media referred to the operation as a “marijuana botanical garden.” Police busted the operation August 3, after the landlord checked the property and found the locks had been changed, and a strong grass-like odor emanated from what purportedly was a frozen seafood distribution business.

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264KG Cannabis Bust in Tainan: “Biggest in Recent Years”

[Cover picture: UDN] Police and Coast Guard officers this morning raided a Penghu registered fishing vessel in Anping fishing port, Tainan City, and intercepted a 264 kilogram haul of cannabis. Prosecutors said it was the biggest marijuana bust in the last five years. The raid was conducted at 1:00am this morning after a tip off from investigators in Kaohsiung. Investigators found 519 bags each weighing around 500 grams. The captain of the fishing boat, Hsia Zhongyi and three Indonesian crew

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