Two nabbed for importing drug raw materials through express mail

Kaohsiung--Two men were arrested for using express air mail to import about 10 kilograms of raw materials used in the manufacture of drugs, aviation police said Saturday.

Police officers opened a suspicious air express parcel at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport on April 12 and found 10 packets of white powder, weighing 10 kilograms and 354 grams.

The powder was examined and found to be nitazepam and nitrazepam, the main ingredients in the production of nimetazepam, an intermediate-acting hypnotic drug commonly known as erimine (???).

Police visited the address in Kaohsiung on the parcel where they detained a man surnamed Shih (?) on Friday and later his alleged accomplice surnamed Chen (?).

The two men have been turned over to the prosecutors office for violation of the Narcotics Hazard Prevention Act and the police investigation continues to determine whether any suspects remain at large.

Police estimate that the haul is large enough to produce 50,000 pills of erimine with a market value of about NT$10 million (US$329,000).

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel