Taiwan makes biggest heroin bust in 20 years
Confiscated heroin powder and the equipment for injecting it are diplayed at an office of the Lebanese Internal Security Forces (ISF), anti-nacrcotics Division in Beirut on June 11, 2010.
Agents confiscated the 270 heroin bricks smuggled in a cargo container in southern Kaohsiung city on Friday.
They had been stored in 40 bags marked as frozen taro, and were mingled with hundreds of bags of real taro, the Bureau of Investigation said in a statement.
The drugs were believed to be manufactured in Myanmar and shipped to Taiwan via Vietnam, the bureau said, adding that 530 pounds of ketamine were also found in the container.
The drugs are worth an estimated $100 million.
Drug abuses have been on the rise in Taiwan. Authorities last year seized 176 pounds of heroin worth around $80 million in a fishing boat, and arrested seven people involved in smuggling it from Cambodia, according to the bureau.
Under Taiwan's anti-drug laws, manufacturing, transporting and dealing heroine is punishable by death.
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