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More locals involved in Oz, NZ drug trafficking

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said yesterday that there has been an increase in the number of Taiwanese being detained for drug trafficking in Australia and New Zealand.

According to MOFA, drug dealers tend to use various inducements and tricks to tempt individuals into drug trafficking. Since the current drug markets in New Zealand and Australia are extremely profitable, the lucrative rewards are likely irresistible temptations in the eyes of certain individuals.

Another gimmick used by dealers to lure people into the illegal act is to mention that both New Zealand and Australia have granted visa-free access to Taiwanese, making it less difficult for nationals to enter and depart the countries.

A third reason why people are lured into drug trafficking is the working holiday agreement signed between Taiwan with New Zealand and Australia. The agreement has greatly increased the mobility of the three countries' populations.

Typically, criminal organizations would have Taiwanese nationals travel to foreign countries in order to retrieve suitcases filled with drugs in between transit flights.

After entering customs in New Zealand and Australia, drugs would be collected and hidden in parcels or containers. A Taiwanese, hired by criminal enterprises after signing to claim the packages, would then pick up the drugs.

Criminal groups would then contact the Taiwanese who possessed the drugs via aliases.

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