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NT$80-120 million of cannabis seized from Canadian in Taoyuan Airport

A Canadian was arrested last month at Taoyuan International Airport for trying to smuggle estimated amounts of cannabis into the country, the Aviation Police Bureau said.

Tien Wei-jen deputy captain of the Criminal Investigation Police Brigade said the man had arrived in Taiwan on October 30 on a direct flight from Toronto with two checked luggage that undergoing an x-ray scan.

Tien said that during the inspections at Customs they found out that the two suitcases brought by Canadian contains a 30 vacuum-sealed bags filled with 31.63 kilograms of cannabis flowers worth NT$ 80-120 million.

Cannabis is classified as a category 2 narcotic.  It is under the Narcotics Hazard Prevention Act.  And this is the second highest among the four categories.

The fine is up to NT$ 10 million for penalties for manufacturing, transporting and selling such narcotics.  And can be jailed for up to seven years and life imprisonment.

The Canadian has been forwarded to the Taoyuan District Prosecutors Office, Tien said, where investigators are trying to determine where the organized criminal group is connected and to determine the origin and destination of the drugs.

SOURCE: Focus Taiwan

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