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CIB cracks down on sellers of banned sex drugs sold in media

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- In response to the wave of drug advertisements published in the media boasting lethargic effects which may be used to allow offenders to sexually take advantage of others, the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) recently launched an investigation into the merchants behind the ads.

The bureau first ordered samples of the advertised drugs and sent them to the Food and Drug Administration for testing, and found the products to contain ingredients such as Lorazepam and Nitrazepam, which were classified as controlled substances under the “Against Narcotics Act.”

The CIB teamed up with the New Taipei City Police Department to trace the source of the advertised drugs. It turned out that the owner of a licensed pharmacy in Taichung, surnamed Lai, was found to be selling the illegal drugs to a general manager, surnamed Wu, at an environmental company in Taoyuan. Wu then listed advertisements with terms such as “lewd liquid,” “passionate fluid” and “long duration” in newspapers. Customer orders are then handled by another couple, surnamed Zheng and Zhang, who own an express shipping company.

In order to reap even higher profits, Wu deceived first-time customers by shipping “saline solution” instead of real drugs. Upon receiving complaints from customers who did not see any effects, Wu would then try to persuade them to purchase drugs with supposedly stronger effects at higher prices.

Upon the conclusion of the investigation, Taiwan Taoyuan District Court granted a search warrant on Dec. 10. Investigators were dispatched to four locations in Taichung City and Zhongli City, where they discovered the full extent of the perpetrators alleged involvement. The illegal drug products confiscated are worth more than NT$10 million in total. The case has been submitted to Taiwan Taoyuan District Court for prosecution.

The police called on the public to purchase drugs only at licensed pharmacies or hospitals, instead of acquiring them from dubious sources.

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