By: Chen Chi-ching and Frances Huang
Taipei, Feb. 4 (CNA) Joint efforts by Taiwan, China and the
Philippines have resulted in the busting of a cross-border drug trafficking ring, the Penghu District Prosecutors Office said Thursday.
Law enforcement officers involved in the joint efforts seized more than 70 kilograms of drugs and raw materials for drug production, valued at over NT$120 million (US$3.57 million), in the Philippines, Taiwanese prosecutors in Penghu, an outlying island of Taiwan, said.
A total of eight suspects in the drug trafficking group, including a Chinese national surnamed Zhou (周), have been caught in Cagayan, a small island located in the northern Philippines, by the country’s Drug Enforcement Agency, the prosecutors in Penghu said. Zhou was the leader of the drug trafficking ring.
The drugs seized by the joint efforts were comprised of 22.6 kilograms of amphetamine, 11.4 kilograms of ephedrine, which is a raw material used for amphetamine production, and about 40 kilograms of calcium chloride, the prosecutors said. The seized drugs were estimated at NT$123 million in total value, they added. [FULL STORY]