Canadian man caught smuggling NT$100 million worth of weed into Taiwan’s Taoyuan Airport

Canadian flying in from Toronto busted with 30 kg of pot at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/11/12
By: Keoni Everington, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

(Aviation Police Bureau photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A Canadian man was arrested late last month while trying to smuggle in excess of NT$100 million (US$3.2 million) worth of marijuana through Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE).

Since Canada legalized marijuana in 2018, customs officers at TPE have seized marijuana smuggled by drug trafficking groups from Canada on several occasions. As a result, drug enforcement units have begun to strengthen their investigation of this new drug transportation pipeline.

According to the Aviation Police Bureau, customs officers at 5 a.m. on Oct. 30 scanned two suitcases from Toronto, Canada, through an X-ray machine at Terminal 2 and tagged them as suspicious, reported Liberty Times. When their Canadian owner picked up his bags and walked towards customs, he was stopped by officers, who asked him to open the suitcases.

In addition to a few items of clothing, officers discovered 30 vacuum-sealed packs, each containing 1.054 kilograms (kg) of marijuana buds for a total of 31,629 kg, reported China Times. The market price for marijuana in Taiwan is approximately NT$1,500 to NT$2,000 per gram, while marijuana buds are worth three to five times that price.    [FULL  STORY]

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