Thousands of smuggled orchids seized in Taiwan

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2015/04/10
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]

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