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Ecstasy factory found near Taoyuan campus

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) recently said it discovered a small drug-factory near a university in Taoyuan County, arresting a principal suspect surnamed Chou, who allegedly produced and sold liquid ecstasy to students.

The CIB said four other accessory suspects were also arrested, adding that these four attempted to hide themselves from authorities by locating themselves in a student suite next to Chung Yuan Christian University. Allegedly, they primarily sold to students.

The CIB said the suspects told police that they themselves would not dare to use the drugs they made, adding that the production methods highlighted a disregard for medical or chemical safety.

The CIB said Chou allegedly covered his criminal acts by running a car-wash business, all the while smuggling drugs in from overseas.

According to the police, the small drug factory Chou owned could produce nearly a thousand bottles of ecstasy in a liquid state.

Chou allegedly sold the drugs for a price ranging between NT$10 and NT$1,000, making in turn a large profit.

The CIB said they found over 300 bottles of ecstasy in a liquid state, 400,000 tablets of erimin, 400 ecstasy pills, and three kilograms of MDPY in the suspects' suite. All are different types of stimulants.

The CIB said Chou and the other suspects did not directly sell the drugs, instead employing midstream sellers. The CIB added that through sales in clubs in the Zhongli and Taoyuan areas, the suspects made their brand of liquid ecstasy known.

The prosecutors said they will keep tracking the source of the drugs and probe potential clients.

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