Police Seize 54kg of 2-bromo-4-methylpropiophenone 化妝品夾藏4級毒品企圖闖關 遭航警查獲

Police have seized 54 kilograms of a Schedule 4 controlled drug, at Taoyuan International Airport. The shipment was imported into Taiwan as a cosmetics product. Three people have been arrested.

Schedule 4 controlled drugs continue to make their way into Taiwan, sometimes imported as cosmetic products. The Aviation Police Bureau and Customs officials cracked a drug smuggling ring case in April. Three suspects that are accused of smuggling 54 kilograms of 2-bromo-4-methylpropiophenon into Taiwan have been arrested.

Tien Wei-jen, Deputy Criminal Investigation Brigade Chief, Aviation Police Bureau: “The product was sent to many addresses. We sent multiple teams out into the field to ambush them.”

2-bromo-4-methylpropiophenon is a Schedule 4 controlled drug in Taiwan and often found in Schedule 3 coffee packet drugs. According to police, these drug-laced coffee packets are low cost products with high margins, and are gradually replacing ketamine and other drugs.

Tien Wei-jen, Deputy Criminal Investigation Brigade Chief, Aviation Police Bureau: “These drug products are often laced with ketamine, amphetamines or Ecstasy. These compound drugs are extremely toxic and the use of these drugs often results in hallucinations and sexual assault.”

Laced coffee packets are the drug of choice for young people in Taiwan, and these compound drugs are often given to first-timers disguised as coffee or tea or candy. The number of overdose deaths from these drugs has risen steadily in recent years.