Big underground amphetamine plant busted

The China Post news staff

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Prosecutors and investigators in southern county of Chiayi yesterday busted an underground amphetamine manufacturing plant in Hsinchu City, northern Taiwan, arresting four suspects and confiscating NT$1 billion worth of materials that can be made into some 1,000 kilograms of narcotics. The four suspects were identified as Lin Yu-cheng, Tsai Dian-yuan, Chang Pang-chuan, and Lu Cheng-chun. They were arrested at an independent villa located on the Chung Hua Road in Hsinchu County yesterday afternoon.

Investigators said they confiscated 50 kilograms of finished amphetamine product, valued at NT$50 million. In addition, a massive amount of chemical materials were also seized, which can be made into 1,000 kilograms of amphetamine for use by 1.25 million people.

It was also found that some of the suspects went to mainland China to learn the latest P2P method for manufacturing amphetamine. The P2P refers to phenylacetone, an organic compound with a refractive index of 1.5168. The chemical is used in the manufacture of methamphetamine and amphetamine, generating no odor or smell during the production process. Investigators in Chiayi County were tipped of the illegal drug manufacturing gang some six months ago. After months of probes and evidence gathering, they joined forces with prosecutors and investigators of Yunlin County, Tainan County, and Hsinchu County to crack down on the crime ring.