5 arrested for sending illicit drugs through mail

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5 arrested for sending illicit drugs through mail

Taipei, March 13 (CNA) Five suspects have been arrested in connection with the seizure of nearly 5,000 tablets of the controlled hypnotic drug nimetazepam in the express air cargo delivery services area at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport in January, Airport police announced Wednesday.

Airport police and customs officers opened a suspicious air express parcel during an X-ray screening on Jan. 8 in the express delivery services area and found a large number of solid pellets inside.

The pellets were found to be 4,938 nimetazepam tablets estimated to be worth NT$1.5 million (US$48,534) in market value and weighing 1.37 kilograms.

Marketed under the brand name "Erimin," the grade-3 narcotic was concealed in a shipment declared as a speaker system being sent to the United States, airport police said.

Five suspects were later arrested in Yilan, including two minors who are suspected of posting the drugs.

The suspects have been referred to Taoyuan District Prosecutors Office for further investigation, according to the police.

A mood stabilizer, Erimin is generally prescribed for the treatment of insomnia, but it has also been used as a date rape drug in pubs and clubs.

(By Chiu Chun-chin and Evelyn Kao)

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