The Coast Guard Administration together with the Police Department of the Ministry of the Interior have seized 761 kilograms of drugs, which is worth NT$3 billion on a drug smuggling boat based on a tip-off. Let's take a look.
The Coast Guard Administration has received a tip-off that a boat was disguised as a fishing boat and departed from the Kaohsiung Port to pick up large quantities of drugs on international waters and would return to Pingtung later. The Coast Guard hurried to chase the boat and intercepted the so-called "sightseeing boat". However, the boat along with the drugs capsized on the sea.
We have found 761 kilograms of Amphetamine and Ketamine which are second grade and third grade drugs. If 0.25 grams of the drug is used per dose, then the whole package could affect more than 3 million people in Taiwan.
Massive amounts of second grade and third grade drugs were piled on the table, including Amphetamine and Ketamine with a total amount of 761 kilograms. The police estimated the drugs to be worth NT$3 billion in the market. The speed boat had departed from Kaohsiung on April 14 and capsized on the sea because the load was too heavy and the sea condition was adverse as it sailed towards Bashi Channel on the 18th. The boat then drifted to 3 nautical miles offshore of the Houpi Lake in Hengchun before it was found.
We received information that pointed out this boat was actually smuggling drugs. We pretended to be carrying out a rescue mission, but actually we were tracing the drugs. Not only did we intercept the drugs, we also utilized digital methods and many manpower to investigate and seize the entire drug cartel.
The Coast Guard Administration, the Police Department of the Ministry of the Interior, together with the police stations in Kaohsiung and Pingtung all deployed forces to arrest 10 of the 12 suspects, who will be prosecuted and tried according to the Narcotics Hazard Prevention Act. The remaining 2 suspects are on the wanted list.