Premier lauds authorities for massive drug bust

Premier Lin Chuan on Sunday lauded the efforts of drug enforcement authorities for Taiwan's largest maritime seizure of heroin in recent years.

Last Friday, authorities seized nearly 700kg of heroin with a street value of around NT$10 billion (more than US$330 million). The drugs were discovered on board a Kaohsiung-registered fishing boat in waters near the outlying island of Kinmen.

At a press conference in southern Taiwan on Sunday, Premier Lin congratulated the authorities working on the case for risking their lives to bravely and accurately intercept the smugglers. He said that the bust was only the starting point of the government's drug prevention efforts. He said he hopes Taiwan's experience in this area can serve as a model for other countries.

Lin said the government is dedicated to keeping drugs outside of Taiwan's borders. He said that drug prevention efforts also involve cracking down on drug networks and production within Taiwan. The premier said other key measures include helping addicts to kick the habit, and assisting with rehabilitation. Authorities are also working on building stronger connections between schools and the police in order to keep students safe the harmful effects of drugs.

Source: Radio Taiwan International