Malaysian man sentenced to 9 years for airport cocaine seizure

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/04/03
By: Liu Shih-yi and Evelyn Kao

Taipei, April 3 (CNA) A Malaysian man arrested at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport

(CNA file photo)

last year for carrying nearly six kilograms of cocaine while making a transit stop has been found guilty and sentenced to nine years in prison on charges of transporting category one narcotics by the Taiwan High Court.

The 19-year-old man, Gajend, who stashed the cocaine, with a street value of about NT$60 million (US$1.98 million) in his luggage, was detained by aviation police and customs officers after an X-ray security check of his luggage revealed something suspicious when transiting through Taiwan on his way from Brazil to Macau at about 6 p.m. on March 13, 2016.

The luggage was found to contain 15 packets of cocaine weighing a total of 5,968 grams hidden in bedsheets, clothing and bags, according to aviation police.

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