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Cops nab Bamboo Union gangsters, seize evidence

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) and other police units on March 19 launched a crackdown on the Bamboo Union, one of the major organized crime gangs in Taiwan, arresting seven members allegedly involved in a spate of violent crimes.

 With search and arrest warrants in hand, more than 30 police officers led by prosecutors in Taichung City, Changhua City and County, Keelung City and New Taipei City, raided dens operated by the gang's members.

 During the raids, police seized a number of pistols, bullets, 0.32 kilograms of ketamine and 0.64 kilograms of amphetamine, a press release issued by the CIB said.

 All seven suspects will be prosecuted on charges of violating the Controlling Guns, Ammunition and Knives Act and the Anti-Organized Crimes Statute, Narcotics Hazard Prevention Act, the CIB said.

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