Air-force Personnel Test Positive for Drugs

Up to ten air-force personnel at a base in Taichung have returned positive reactions for drugs, after urine tests were ordered for all troops stationed on base yesterday. The drug tests were ordered after 27 packs of white powder were found discarded on the Ching Chuan Kang Air Base, along with a device for smoking drugs. Apple Daily reported that “nearly 10” officers and men have returned positive reactions for drugs. Taichung District prosecutor’s Office is investigating the case. Investigators

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Train Bomber Sentenced to 30 Years

A man who detonated a bomb on a local train in New Taipei City last year, injuring 25 people including himself, was handed a 30 year prison sentence by Taipei District Court Wednesday, February 22. Lin Ying-Chang claimed that his bomb was just a crude device manufactured from firecrackers purchased at a supermarket. Lin argued that he had only sought death for himself, and had not intended to kill or injure others. Lin also said that he had purchased only

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Man Sentenced to Death for Murder of Relatives

A Taoyuan man was sentenced to death today, February 13, for a multiple murder by arson committed Chinese New Year’s eve 2016. February 7, 2016, Weng Ren-xian (翁仁賢), 51, purchased 20 liters of gasoline and distributed it into various containers on the second floor of the house. He then waited for his older siblings to gather with their families in the first floor dining room before pouring gasoline around the house in Longtan, Taoyuan City. A total of 16 people

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150kg of Meth Seized in Kaohsiung

Police and Coast Guard units swooped on a warehouse in Taliao District, Kaohsiung City today, and seized 150 kilograms of amphetamine. A man surnamed Chen has been arrested, and police are investigating in an attempt to trace the source of the drugs, and accomplices involved. Source: United Daily News

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Underground Arsenal Seized in Taoyuan

Police in Taoyuan arrested a 25 year old man with a gang background after they found him in possession of a weapons arsenal and 6 kilograms of ketamine. Among the weapons were a hand grenade, a sub-machine gun, 4 assault rifles, 13 handguns, and thousands of rounds of ammunition. Police arrested the man surnamed Xie after finding the weapons and drugs in his car.

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First Domestically-Produced DMT Bust in Taiwan

A series of raids by Taiwan’s Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) today uncovered Taiwan’s first case of Dimethyltryptamine (DMT) manufacturing. DMT, a drug traditionally associated with South American shamanic practices, induces powerful psychedelic experiences. A man in Taichung surnamed Tsai, was found in possession of 170 kilograms of the finished product, along with 450 kilograms of the raw material. DMT is manufactured from the bark of acacia trees, which are abundant in the mountains of Taiwan. Tsai was busted after an

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Taxi Driver Accused of Drugging and Sexually Assaulting Korean Tourists

A taxi driver in New Taipei City has been arrested after allegedly drugging and sexually abusing two Korean women January 13. Three Korean women hired the driver over a two day period to take them on tours around northern Taiwan. On the second day, the driver gave each of the women a popular lactic acid drink – Yakult, at a location near Jiufen. Two of the women drank the contents, while a third felt it tasted bitter after taking just

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Gangs a Threat to Taiwan Democracy

Members of Taiwan’s Democratic People’s Party (DPP) have called on the National Police Administration to crack-down on gangs that have been appearing at public meetings and demonstrations, and recently attempted to beat up Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong. DPP legislators believe that China has been covertly working with gangs to undermine Taiwan’s democracy. They called on the NPA to apply ‘an iron hand’ to cut off sources of funding for the gangs by raiding underground casinos, massage parlors, and

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Road Rage Murderer Sentenced to 11 Year Prison Term

[Picture: United Daily News] The driver of a car who chased a motorcyclist for 2 kilometers before running him off the road and killing him, was sentenced to serve 11 years in prison today, Thursday, January 5, 2017. At around 7:00am August 17, 2016, 40 year-old Wu Gou-xiang reversed his car, obstructing 43 year-old motorcyclist, Mr Huang. Mr Huang cursed the driver using the Taiwanese swear word “gan,” which is equated with the English word “f*&k.” Mr Wu flew into

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Evil Landlord Turns to Swindling Foreigners

A woman dubbed the Evil Landlord by Taiwan’s media turned to cheating foreigners after she became too recognizable to locals due to continuous media exposure. Zhang Shujing has a long history of defrauding tenants, and owners, from which she sub-leased properties. As well as crimes related to leasing properties, Zhang also has an extensive criminal record related to underground banking, loan-sharking, intimidation, violence, and embezzlement. In the latest case, Zhang used fake pictures of upscale accommodation to lure foreign travelers.

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Drug Smuggler Gets Suspended Sentence: Prosecutors Dissatisfied

Picture: Wikipedia A Pakistan citizen was handed a sentence of 2 years imprisonment, suspended for 4 years, after attempting to smuggle 4KG of amphetamine from Taiwan to Australia. Prosecutors said they will appeal the lenient sentence. The 21 year-old man surnamed ‘Ba’ (rendered from Chinese), was caught at Taipei Taoyuan airport attempting to board a flight to Sydney, Australia, July 2016. Ba told the court that a man named ‘Ah Hao’ had offered him a free trip to Australia in

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