Pingtung detains two over people smuggling

Taipei Times
Date: Mar 24, 2020
By: Staff writer, with CNA

Coast Guard Administration personnel on Saturday arrested 31 Vietnamese aboard a Taiwanese fishing boat in waters off Pingtung County, and prosecutors have filed a motion to detain two Taiwanese who are suspected of being involved in smuggling them into the country.

After being tipped off that a group was planning to smuggle dozens of people into Taiwan, the coast guard in Lienchiang County reported the case to the Pingtung District Prosecutors’ Office.

A special task force was formed to investigate and it targeted suspicious ships and motor vehicles, the office and the Lienchiang coast guard said in a joint statement.

It dispatched three patrol boats to waters near Siaoliouciou Island (小琉球), where officers seized a Taiwanese fishing boat that was carrying 31 people from Vietnam, the statement said.

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