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Police bust drug ring in Taoyuan accused of selling narcotics to kids

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Police authorities arrested six suspects on June 22 in northern Taoyuan county for their alleged involvement in selling narcotics to underage students, the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB, 刑事局警察局) said.

In a released statement, the CIB said investigators in Taoyuan cracked down on the ring led by chief suspect surnamed Lin and his girlfriend Yen and four members of the gang.

The investigators also confiscated 527 grams of ketamine and 50 pills of MDMA during the raid conducted in Taoyuan's Pingzhen City (平鎮市) and Zhongli City (中壢市), it noted.

According to investigators, the gang allegedly disguised their operation as a bakery.

Members regularly sent text messages to potential clients, which included underage students, telling them that freshly made "cakes and breads," the code names for narcotics, were available, the CIB said.

The gang delivered illicit drugs to customers 24/7, the CIB said, and many teenagers and underage students were clients of the gang, it noted.

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

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