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Report: Taiwan arrests five Malaysians for drug trafficking

Five Malaysians were detained on arrival at the Kaohsiung International Airport yesterday after Taiwanese customs agents discovered 10kg of ketamine allegedly in their possession. — AFP pic
Five Malaysians were detained on arrival at the Kaohsiung International Airport yesterday after Taiwanese customs agents discovered 10kg of ketamine allegedly in their possession. — AFP pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 13 — Five Malaysians were detained on arrival at the Kaohsiung International Airport yesterday after Taiwanese customs agents discovered 10kg of ketamine allegedly in their possession.

According to the Focus Taiwan news outlet, the five aroused suspicion due to their “nervous and suspicious behaviour”, which prompted authorities there to inspect them further.

The report added that customs and aviation police personnel’s risk management system also flagged the Malaysian, which they then searched.

The search yielded 24 packets of ketamine allegedly strapped to the five Malaysians’ thighs and calves.

Ketamine, a veterinary tranquiliser that is popularly abused in Malaysia, is a class-three narcotic in Taiwan.

The Malaysians reportedly claimed they were contacted by a man via a messaging app, in which he solicited their service to transport the drugs to Taiwan for an agreed fee of NT$100,000 (US$3,375, RM13,483) each.

Taiwanese authorities are investigating the five men of unknown ages under its Narcotics Hazard Prevention Act.

Last month, six Malaysian were arrested in Hong Kong for allegedly trying to smuggle drugs worth HK$4 million (RM2.05 million).

Putrajaya said that it would will pursue the extradition the six here for further prosecution under the Dangerous Drugs Act and other laws that may apply.

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