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Criminal Investigation Bureau dismantles Taoyuan drug ring

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) and Taoyuan District prosecutors yesterday led a police raid that dismantled a narcotics distribution ring based in Taoyuan's Zhongli City, confiscating 5,034 grams of the Schedule III drug ketamine.

In addition to the CIB, the raid utilized operatives from police precincts in Chiayi County and Taoyuan County.

Law enforcement officers found that the narcotics distribution ring was headed by three young suspects surnamed Chen (陳), Chong (鐘), and Jien (簡), who were all born in the 1990s. The three suspects were arrested for violations of the Narcotics Hazard Prevention Act and sent to the Taoyuan District Prosecutors Office for processing.

Investigators found that the distribution ring had been advertising their wares through various mobile instant text messaging platforms, pledging to deliver the drugs via scooter within 30 minutes of a phone call. Most notably, the drug ring was found to be targeting revelers frequenting night life venues including karaoke establishments, motels and hostess bars, promising unparalleled swift delivery of party favors.

The police warned that despite ketamine's classification as a Schedule III narcotic, the substance is highly addictive and destructive to human health, with prolong use expected to induce a variety of lifelong repercussions.

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