Indian caught smuggling banned drug into Taiwan

April 22nd, 2008 - 1:06 am ICT by admin  

A file-photo of Thai Airways
Taipei, April 21 (DPA) An Indian man was caught while smuggling 23 kilograms of the banned drug ketamine into Taiwan Monday. Mohamed Ravvik Thamin Ansari, 24, a garment seller, was caught at Taoyuan International Airport outside Taipei when he arrived from Bangkok on board a Thai Airways International flight.

“He had hidden the ketamine pills in four ice boxes as checked-in luggage. An X-ray check showed the pills in the ice boxes, so we detained him,” an airport police officer said by phone.

Ansari claimed that someone in Bangkok paid him to transport the pills to Taiwan.

Ketamine is listed as a third-degree banned substance in Taiwan. If convicted of smuggling ketamine, Ansari could face several years’ imprisonment or a heavy fine.

Ketamine can cause sedation and hallucinations. As the price of heroin has soared in recent years, many drug users have turned to ketamine, resulting in the rise in ketamine-smuggling.

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