By: Shen Ju-feng and Lee Hsin-Yin
Taipei, April 10 (CNA) The Coast Guard Administration (CGA) on Friday seized around 12,000 lady’s slipper orchids worth an estimated NT$5 million (US$160,000) in Yunlin County that were smuggled into Taiwan from China, the agency said.
The Coast Guard arrested a man surnamed Shen (沈) who is suspected of smuggling the orchids from Guangxi Province into Taiwan through express delivery services and mini-links ferry services between Taiwan-controlled offshore areas and ports in Fujian Province.
Shen bought the orchids at a cost of NT$5 each and sold them for between NT$300 and NT$1,500 each, Coast Guard officials said. [FULL STORY]