TAIPEI (CNA) – Law enforcement agents have tracked down a drug production ring in New Taipei and seized finished and semi-finished products sufficient to supply 250,000 users, according to the New Taipei unit of the Investigation Bureau.
Acting on a tipoff provided by informants in October, investigators, prosecutors, military policemen and police from Taipei and New Taipei raided the site in Nangang District in Taipei on Oct. 31.
The major suspect identified as Hung (洪) and two accomplices surnamed Lin (林) and Chuang (莊) were caught, and 15 kilograms of the psychedelic drug MMA in finished and semi-finished form were secured, which authorities said was enough to satisfy 250,000 users.
According to the police, Hung purchased the materials for making MMA from China-based websites and then sold the drug in tablet form to drug trafficking groups which wrapped them in small packages and sold them to drug peddlers in northern Taiwan.
Police said a furnace was operating to produce semi-finished MMA tablets when law enforcement personnel raided the facility. Those conducting the raid also seized production equipment and plenty of materials and chemicals.
MMA, dubbed as a super drug, has been popular in Taiwan for many years. The first death caused by MMA here occurred in March 2006 after a high school student took the drug.
A female model also died at a party at the W Hotel in Taipei in December 2016 after being forced to use the drug. •
By C. H. Lin and Flor Wang