Taiwanese man given 25 years for trying to smuggle drugs to Japan

Taipei, A Taiwanese man was given a 25-year sentence and fined 10 million yen Thursday by the Naha district court on the charge of masterminding the attempted smuggling of illicit drugs into Japan.

The 45-year-old Taiwanese man, whose identity was not revealed, was caught while trying to move 597 kilos of methamphetamine to his yacht from an unidentified ship in the East China Sea in May 2016.

The drugs seized had a black market value of NT$11.3 billion (US$387 million) and was intended to be transported to Naha, according to the verdict.

"This is an organized criminal act that is of a magnitude that would have inevitably caused harm to Japan," the presiding judge in the court in Okinawa's capital city said.

Two other Taiwanese suspects involved in the case and said to be accomplices of the individual who was found guilty on Thursday were each sentenced to 10 years in prison and fined 5 million yen in November 2017. The two have appealed their convictions.

Source: Fucus Taiwan