Around 60 kgs of drug seized at Taoyuan airport

Custom officers have seized around 60 kilograms of cannabis and ketamine from a shipment that came from Hong Kong, the largest drug haul in recent years.

The seizure is estimated to be worth NT$130 million (US$4.13 million).

The shipment, which arrived at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport early Friday morning, was declared as large kitchen equipment that included freezers.

Taipei customs officers later found 26.345 kilograms of cannabis and 32.36 kilograms of ketamine wrapped in Tie Guan Yin oolong tea bags hidden in the equipment.

Investigators said the drugs might have originated from Canada and sent to Taiwan via China and Hong Kong.

When they checked the shipment's consignee and consignee's address, they found the information was false, and authorities are now trying to track down the drug traffickers.

According to data in recent months, the Taoyuan airport has reported more than a dozen cannabis or hashish smuggling cases, but they usually involved stashes of only one to five kilograms.

That indicated that drug traffickers tried to sneak drugs into Taiwan in small amounts to avoid detection, authorities said.

The drug traffickers may have tried to ship the drugs into Taiwan in larger amounts this time because the "piecemeal" shipments were not meeting market demand, sources said.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel