Prosecutors and the police recently worked together to track down and seize 446 kilograms of smuggled heroin. However, the main suspect was able to flee to China. Interior Minister Hsu Kuo-yung says China should extradite the suspect as a signatory of the Cross-Strait Joint Crime-Fighting and Judicial Mutual Assistance Agreement. Meanwhile, the main suspect in a recent shooting in New Taipei City's Xindian District also fled to China.
The police launch an operation to seize planks. These planks were used to smuggle drugs into Taiwan. Prosecutors and the police worked together to seize 446 kilograms of heroin bricks with a market value of NT$5 billion. It was the biggest drug seizure in recent years. However, the main suspect surnamed Lin was able to flee to China. Interior Minister Hsu Kuo-yung sent a message to China, saying he hopes China will help bring Lin to justice.
Hsu Kuo-yung, Interior Minister: “We hope China will comply with the Cross-Strait Joint Crime-Fighting and Judicial Mutual Assistance Agreement and immediately bring this suspect to justice.”
This wasn't the only recent case where the main suspect escaped to China. Several days ago, the perpetrator of a shooting in New Taipei City's Xindian District, a man surnamed Huang, fled after committing a crime, changed clothes and vehicles several times, and escaped the country just six hours after the crime on a flight to Xiamen from Taoyuan International Airport. The National Police Agency says it hopes the cross-strait joint crime-fighting mechanism will help bring the suspect back to Taiwan for prosecution.
Huang Chia-lu, Commissioner, Criminal Investigation Bureau: “We're taking a low-key approach to handling this case. (Has China responded yet?) They will do what they can.(So they responded that they will do what they can.) Yes.”
Chen Ja-chin, Director-General, National Police Agency: “I believe China's Ministry of Public Security will do its best to assist Taiwan and apprehend the suspects in these cases.”
Cross-strait relations are virtually non-existent at the moment for political reasons and the pandemic situation. The number of fugitives and criminal suspects repatriated by China has decreased substantially. Has the cross-strait joint crime-fighting mechanism failed? New Taipei City Mayor Hou Yu-ih and National Police Agency Director-General Chen Ja-chin are optimistic that China will comply with the agreement and repatriate the suspect in the shooting to Taiwan.