Photo courtesy of Aviation Police Bureau
Taipei, Sept. 14 (CNA) A shipment of some 6 kilograms of smuggled marijuana was seized by customs officials at a cargo services center near Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, the Aviation Police Bureau (APB) said Thursday.
The 6,225 grams of illicit drugs were found stashed in two large boxes during clearing inspection at Taiwan Air Cargo Terminal Ltd. (TACT), one of the largest air cargo services at the Taoyuan international airport, according to the APB.
The shipment was destined for Hualien County in eastern Taiwan, the aviation authority said.
With the assistance of the Hualien police, the drug was later tracked to a suspect named Wu (巫), who claimed that he was only receiving the package on behalf of his friend in prison.
Marijuana is a grade-2 banned drug in Taiwan, along with amphetamines and LSD (lysergide).
The man was then taken to the Taoyuan District Prosecutors Office for further questioning, the aviation bureau said, adding that authorities will also expand their search to see whether there are other possible suspects related to the case.
(By Li Hsien-feng, Chiu Chun-chin and Ko Lin)