Apprehended Chinese-American suspect says he had brought the rifle ammunition to Taiwan on a flight from Vancouver, Canada into Taoyuan
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Police at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport nabbed a United States citizen who was trying to board a flight to Vancouver, Canada, with 100 bullets in his carry-on luggage, reports said Thursday.
The 29-year-old man of ethnic Chinese descent told investigators he had bought the ammunition legally at a sports goods store in Seattle, Washington, before traveling to Taiwan by way of Canada, the Central News Agency reported.
The .22 rifle cartridges turned up during a routine search of the carry-on luggage of departing passengers, but the man claimed he did not know he was breaking the law.
He explained to police that he had bought them for US$4 a box in the U.S. and put them in his backpack before boarding a flight from Vancouver, Canada to Taiwan with the intent of using them at a shooting range. [FULL STORY]