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Police Joined Hands to Bust Amphetamine Factory


    To follow through with the Executive Yuan’s “New Generation Anti-Drug Strategy” and to enforce the High Prosecutors Office’s “Crackdown on Drugs Program”, the TCPD has terminated many drugs factories and cartels hiding in communities. Recently, the Narcotics Center of the TCPD Criminal Investigation Division, along with the Daan precinct, the Second Squad of the CIB’s Third Division, the Criminal Investigation Division of the Pingtung County Police Department and the Tucheng Precinct of the New Taipei City Police Department, cooperated with the New Taipei City Prosecutors’ Office and the Pingtung County District Prosecutor’s Office through sharing intelligence and uncovered the largest Amphetamine manufacturing operation in Tucheng District, New Taipei City.

    The case started out with the Criminal Investigation Division of the Pingtung County Police Department providing intelligence of said factory to the TCPD Criminal Investigation Division, suspecting that it was manufacturing amphetamines. An Ad hoc group for the investigation was formed by the Criminal Investigation Division of the Pingtung County Police Department, The Daan Precinct of the TCPD, the Second Squad of the CIB’s Third Division and Tucheng Precinct, and was headed by prosecutor Chen, Han-Zhang of the New Taipei City Prosecutors’ Office. The Pingtung County District Prosecutors’ Office provided relevant information, and through cross-unit as well as inter-county intelligence sharing, the meth factory was identified locating inside a sheet steel building on Chengtien Road, Tucheng District. After days of surveillance and waiting in ambush to understand the living patterns of the building owner, police raided the compound on April 16, while the suspects were absent.

    As task force members stormed the second floor of the house, filled with exotic odors, and found that the 300 square-meter-large space was packed with 43 vats of produced Meth, each containing a duffle bag weighing more than 107 kg, full to the brim with drugs. Placed in neat rows there were also barrels of formyl amide with a net weight of 7,000 kg; in the large refrigerator were seven plates of hydrolyzed amphetamines weighing over 142 kg in total, and eight boilers were still brewing the amides. Large amounts of chemicals (and empty flasks), active carbon, filtration devices, Hydrogen cylinders and other hardware used in the manufacturing of Crystal Meth were also seized at the site. The sheer amount of narcotic substances busted during the operation is the largest in the history of Taiwan.

    Police estimated that more than 3,000 kg of Amphetamine with a market value of about NT 3 billion would have been produced from the seized material. Prosecutors and police warn the public that people who produce, transport or trade amphetamine, a second-grade illegal drug in Taiwan, could face a minimum of seven years of imprisonment and a possible life sentence, as well as a fine of up to 10 million NT dollars.