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Largest-ever heroin smuggling case busted at Taoyuan airport

The China Post news staff--Customs officials and aviation police yesterday arrested two suspects at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport for attempting to smuggle a total of 5,121 grams of heroin valued at NT$45 million, setting a record high for heroin-related drug busts.

Taipei customs officials said that one of the suspects, named Lin Shun-da, was intercepted at Terminal 1 of Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. Lin, 43, allegedly put eight packs of heroin, weighing 1,500 grams in total, inside two bundles of fabric he brought back from Ho Chi Minh City midnight Sunday.

When questioned by customs officials, Lin claimed that he was asked by a travel agency to bring the fabric back to Taiwan, stressing that he didn't know heroin was placed inside the bundles.

Another suspect named Liao Da-ching, 30, was arrested at Terminal 2 yesterday morning. Liao, returning from Hong Kong, allegedly hid eight packs of heroin, weighing 3,621 grams in total, inside his suitcase.

Liao claimed that he was commissioned by his employer to bring wallets and boxes of bird's nest soup back to Taiwan from Hong Kong, and had no knowledge about the heroin in his luggage.

Both Lin and Liao will face prosecution on charges of drug trafficking.

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Two bundles of fabric are seen at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, yesterday. One of the two suspects apprehended yesterday allegedly hid 1,500 grams of heroin inside the two ...

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