12 tonnes of ketamine seized in Taiwan, Thailand in joint action

Taipei,  Nearly 12 metric tons of contraband ketamine were seized in Taiwan and Thailand during joint raids by drug enforcement personnel that begun in mid-September, the Ministry of Justice Investigation Bureau (MJIB) said on Friday.

The quantity of ketamine — a Class-3 drug under Taiwan’s Narcotics Hazard Prevention Act — was the largest-ever joint haul, the agency said in a statement.

The statement came one day after Thailand’s Narcotics Suppression Bureau announced the seizure of 1,650 kilograms of ketamine at a warehouse in Chachoengsao Province, east of Bangkok, as well as 10 metric tons of unknown chemical substances, some of which could include ketamine.

Thai police attributed the largest drug bust in Thailand’s history to information provided by Taiwan’s Investigation Bureau.

The MJIB said that on Sept. 23, inspectors of the Keelung Customs Office discovered 300 kg of ketamine among 16 tonnes of calcium carbonate, a chemical raw material shipped to Taiwan from Thailand. The market value of the banned ketamine was estimated at around NT$500 million (US$17.53 million), it said.

After an extensive investigation into the case, the MJIB launched several raids from late September to October, during which it arrested several people suspected of the drug smuggling, including the drug’s owner. The suspects are all currently in detention, being held incommunicado, the statement said.

During the investigation, the MJIB also found that the origin of the seized ketamine was a warehouse in Chachoengsao and passed its findings to the Thai Narcotics Suppression Bureau, the statement said.


Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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