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Taiwan police said on Sunday that they’ve seized around 200 kilograms of ketamine worth millions of US dollars being smuggled in from mainland China with shipments of shoes.
The haul was discovered in three different containers of shoes at the Taoyuan airport, according to SCMP. A 32-year-old man has been arrested in connection to the trafficking, and police are currently looking for other suspects involved.
This is the second big ketamine bust in Taiwan this year: in May, Taiwanese cops announced that they had intercepted 450 kilograms of the drug worth over 62 million yuan (NT$300 million) sent in cargo containers to the Taichung harbour. In that case, cops had arrested three men in connection to the crime.
In 2008, the UN found that ketamine was “the most abused drug in Hong Kong” and was gaining popularity across southern China.
Vice’s Robert Foyle Hunwick:
Along with meth, whose popularity is surging worldwide, the demand for ketamine in China is steadily rising. While the World Health Organization also singles out Goa, India, as a major global source of K, it estimates that in 2010, 99 percent of all global seizures of ketamine in the previous year were made in Asia, where the drug is “illicitly manufactured in China”…
That said, meth is a typically ‘lower-class’ drug: there’s no glamour involved, and no such thing as a functioning meth-head. By contrast, K is a physically non-addictive hallucinogenic anesthetic. It serves no economic purpose to users. It transcends socio-economic boundaries. In an increasingly wealthier China, K is cool.
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