Taiwan busts drug shipments on China tipoff

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/02/03
By: Chu Tze-wei and Lilian Wu

Taipei, Feb. 3 (CNA) Police in Taiwan seized imports of a drug new to Taiwan with the help of Chinese authorities and arrested two suspects — a mother and her daughter.

The Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) said Chinese customs officials asked Taiwan’s police to help find the recipient of several postal parcels suspected of containing the drug, carha edulis, that were sent from Ethiopia to Taiwan via China last month.

Working with customs and postal officials, CIB agents located and opened the parcels at the post office on Jan. 23 and found 37 packages of catha edulis, also known as khat, a flowering shrub native to East Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.    [FULL  STORY]

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