Taipei - Taiwan seized more than 100kg of heroin in its
biggest bust of the drug in 20 years, arresting two people involved in
smuggling it from Vietnam, officials said on Saturday.
Agents confiscated the 270 heroin bricks smuggled in a
cargo container in southern Kaohsiung city on Friday.
They had been stored in 40 bags marked as frozen taro,
and were mingled with hundreds of bags of real taro, the Bureau of
Investigation said in a statement.
The drugs were believed to be manufactured in Myanmar and
shipped to Taiwan via Vietnam, the bureau said, adding that 240kg of ketamine
were also found in the container.
The drugs are worth an estimated $100m.
Drug users have been on the rise in Taiwan. Authorities
last year seized 80kg of heroin worth around $80m in a fishing boat, and
arrested seven people involved in smuggling it from Cambodia, according to the
Under Taiwan's anti-drug laws, manufacturing,
transporting and dealing heroine is punishable by death.