Taiwan seizes ketamine worth HK$79m

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 09 May, 2013, 3:21pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 09 May, 2013, 3:21pm


Taiwanese police said on Thursday they had seized 450 kilograms of ketamine smuggled from China in one of the island’s biggest drug busts in recent years.

Police arrested three suspects after discovering the drugs in a cargo container at Taichung harbour in central Taiwan on Wednesday after a tip-off, the Criminal Investigation Bureau said.

The value of the haul was estimated at around NT$300 million (HK$79 million), the bureau said.

Taiwanese authorities have been cracking down on ketamine trafficking amid concerns over the level of drug abuse among students.

Under Taiwan’s anti-drug laws, manufacturing, transporting and dealing ketamine is punishable by a minimum of five years in prison.