1.1 tons of raw material for ketamine seized near Penghu

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/03/24
By: Chen Chao-fu and Y.F. Low

Taipei, March 24 (CNA) Prosecutors and Coast Guard officers seized 1.1 tons of a

(Photo courtesy of Kaohsiung District Prosecutors Office)

chemical used to make the class-3 narcotic ketamine aboard a fishing boat near the Penghu archipelago on Thursday.

The batch of hydroxylimine could produce 900 kilograms of ketamine with a market value of NT$540 million (US$17.71 million), according to the Kaohsiung District Prosecutors Office.

Acting on a tip-off, prosecutors led Coast Guard officers to intercept the Penghu-registered fishing boat four nautical miles off Penghu’s northernmost Mudou Islet early Thursday and found the chemical packed in yellow bags labeled as animal feed, the office said.

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