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8 arrested for distributing drugs, extorting teenagers

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Eight people were recently arrested by the Central Investigation Bureau for distributing ketamine to teenagers in Greater Taipei.

The suspects claimed to be part of a Beitou District-based Bamboo Union youth gang and are also accused of extortion.

According to the CIB's press release, members of the gang would stop students on their way home, extorting them for money. Gang members also reportedly settled drug disputes through vandalism.

A task force comprising members of the CIB 2nd investigation Corp and Yonghe Precinct was formed. Led by Shihlin District Prosecutors Office Prosecutor Chen Chao-jen, the task force collected evidence and on May 14, more than 50 law enforcers were dispatched to areas in Taipei and New Taipei City to arrest the suspects.

Police confiscated 1.2 grams of cannabis, 34 grams of ketamine, cellphones, a digital scale for weighing drugs, bags for drug distribution and an account book.

The suspects were transferred over to the Shihlin District Prosecutors Office on charges of violating the Organized Crime Prevention Act, the Narcotics Hazard Prevention Act and the Criminal Code.

The CIB said that teenagers are very malleable and that they are easily influenced by their peers, reminding parents to keep a close eye on their children for abnormal behavior.

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