3 drug mules caught at Taichung airport

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Photo courtesy of Kaohsiung Aviation Police Bureau

Photo courtesy of Kaohsiung Aviation Police Bureau

Kaohsiung, Feb. 12 (CNA) Three drug mules were caught at the Taichung airport late Sunday while trying to smuggle illicit drugs worth over NT$10 million (US$340,000) into Taiwan, aviation police said Monday.

The three men, who took a Dragon Air flight from Hong Kong to Taichung in central Taiwan, were found to have a total of more than eight kilograms of methamphetamine tied to their waist and two thighs in small packets, said Lai Chia-hung (賴嘉宏), chief of the inspection team of the Kaohsiung Aviation Police Bureau.

This was the third time that illicit drugs were seized at a local airport this year, following similar incidents at Kaohsiung International Airport on Jan. 12 and Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport on Feb. 9.

The three suspects were detained when passing through immigration after being intercepted by police who found them to be very nervous.

One of the suspects surnamed Tu (涂) told police that each of them was asked to carry the narcotics from Malaysia to Taiwan for NT$100,000.

The three have been turned over to the Taichung District Prosecutors Office for further investigation on violation of Drug Prevention and Control Act.

(By Wang Shu-fen and Flor Wang)

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