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Keelung Customs Busts 134 kgs of Ketamine Concealed in a Shipment of Import Cargo

On April 1, 2014, Keelung Customs deployed its detector dog unit to an inland container terminal on the outskirts of Keelung City to sniff out some shipments of break-bulk cargo imported from China. After a handler saw a detector dog change in behavior in front of a shipment of cargo declared as change purses from China, he proceeded to check the goods and found some white crystal powder in the purses. With further physical examination along with cargo examiners, it turned out that a total of 134 kilograms of Ketamine worth more than NT$100 million (US$3.3 million) in the market was hidden in 14,592 purses packed in 19 cartons.

After the Customs referred the case to Keelung Station of Investigation Bureau’s Marine Affairs Field Office for further investigation, two drug dealers were arrested. The suspects have been charged with violations of Narcotics Endangerment Prevention Act and Smuggling Punishment Act by the Keelung District Prosecutors Office.

Statistics shows that the surge in domestic drug demand has made drug trafficking become highly profitable. According to medical studies, one kilogram of Ketamine can be consumed by about 20,000 people. As a result, if the drug hadn’t been intercepted by the Customs at borders, it would have posed serious threat to public health.

To further fight against all-pervasive drug trafficking, Keelung Customs has established close cooperative relationship with domestic and foreign intelligence as well as investigation agencies. In the meantime, the Customs has endeavored to enhance its capabilities of drug detection by conducting various professional trainings, re-adjusting its detector dog team deployment plan, and adopting hi-tech mobile X-ray container inspection, so as to prevent the general public from being jeopardized by illegal drugs.

News Contact: Mr. Hsu
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  • Publish Date:2014-05-22
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