Investigators seize 200 kg of cocaine in latest bust


TAIPEI — Taiwan investigators last week seized more than 200 kilograms of cocaine that was packed inside car batteries imported from Brazil, the Ministry of Justice’s Investigation Bureau (MJIB) said Monday.

During the raid on the cargo at Kaohsiung Customs, investigators also found not just cocaine but also 51.3 kilograms of amphetamine, the investigation bureau said.

It was the biggest drug haul in the country’s history, the bureau said, estimating the cocaine’s market value at NT$2 billion (US$62.5 million).

The raid was carried out in a joint operation by Taipei district prosecutors, MJIB agents, and coast guard and customs officers after an investigation into a Taipei-based import/export company, the bureau said.