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Taiwan recovers 100kg of heroin in bust

12 October 2013, 14:56

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 bureau.

Under Taiwan's anti-drug laws, manufacturing, transporting and dealing heroine is punishable by death.



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