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Keelung Customs Busts 24 kgs of Ketamine

A drug trafficking ring’s dream of making a big fortune by smuggling drugs into Taiwan before the 2014 Kenting Spring Scream Festival was disrupted by Keelung Customs on March 11, 2014. The drug ring concealed 24 kilograms of Ketamine in 48 cartons of artifact of bamboo slips engraved with Chinese characters of Confucian Analects and Preface to the Orchid Pavilion Poems. The smuggling scheme was detected by the Customs’ shrewd detector dog Bernie when it was deployed to a container terminal in Keelung Harbor to sniff out a shipment consisting of 815 items of miscellaneous goods imported from China via Hong Kong.

After the Customs referred the case to the Ministry of Justice Investigation Bureau (MJIB) for further investigation, MJIB carried out a controlled delivery and apprehended two masterminds surnamed Zhao and Lin respectively at Tantzu Industrial Zone in Taichung County on March 14.

In view of the fact that the illicit drug was concealed under the bamboo slips engraved with Chinese characters of Confucian Analects and that the drug’s street value amounted to NT$7.5 million, some enforcement officers joked that the case just went like what mentioned in the Confucian Analects, “There's golden house in books.’’

In terms of the number of drug seizures, the cute five-year-old Labrador, Bernie, is the honored Champion of Keelung Customs. It has seized 10 kgs of Amphetamines and 190 kgs of Ketamine over the past five years.

News Contact: Mr. Hsu
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  • Publish Date:2014-04-08
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