5,000kg in drugs seized at Taiwan’s ports of entry in first 8 months
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Taipei-More than 5,000 kilograms of illegal drugs were seized at ports of entry in Taiwan in the first eight months of 2019, with more than 90 percent coming from China and Southeast Asia, the Customs Administration (CA) said Monday.
The CA, in cooperation with other domestic and foreign anti-narcotics agencies, confiscated 5,464.3kg of illegal drugs and related chemicals from January to August, CA Director General Hsieh Ling-yuan (???) said at a joint press conference attended by officials from Taiwan's six major anti-narcotics agencies.
These agencies also include the High Prosecutor's Office, the National Police Agency, the Ministry of Justice's Investigation Bureau, the Military Police Command, and the Coast Guard Administration.
According to CA statistics, 3,020.4kg, or 55.3 percent of total seized illegal drugs in the period, came from Southeast Asian countries, with Vietnam, Thailand and Myanmar the top three sources, accounting for 1,887.5 kg (34.5 percent), 613.4 kg (11.2 percent) and 318.4 kg (5.8 percent), respectively.
On the other hand, a total of 2,079.2 kg (38.1 percent) came from China and Hong Kong, making them the biggest external source of illegal substances in Taiwan; the rest of the illegal drugs seized were from the U.S., Canada and Europe.
The most common illegal substances seized by customs officials were Ketamine, amphetamine and heroin, with a market value of roughly NT$2 billion (US$633 million), officials from the CA told CNA.
The CA will step up its anti-narcotics efforts by deepening intelligence-sharing with related agencies and neighboring countries, while also deploying more advanced drug-detection instruments and X-ray facilities and strengthening sniffer dog units, Hsieh said.
Meanwhile, in anti-drug operations conducted between July 22 to Aug. 5, law enforcers from the six anti-narcotics agencies seized 2,571kg of illegal drugs and busted 13 drug manufacturing plants, officials said at the same press conference, adding that 1,182 suspected drug dealers were arrested and more than NT$10 million in suspected illegal profits confiscated.
Officials present at the press conference urged the public and civic groups to assist the government's anti-narcotics efforts by reporting suspicious drug-related activities to the authorities, while also urging addicts to undergo rehabilitation.