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Interior minister: Taiwan has zero tolerance for drugs

  • Interior Minister Hsu Kuo-yung

    Interior Minister Hsu Kuo-yung

    Interior Minister Hsu Kuo-yung appears in this CNA file photo.
The interior minister, Hsu Kuo-yung, has praised the work of police and customs officers in pulling off a sizable drug bust. Hsu says the bust sends a strong message to those who make, transport, and sell drugs.
Police and customs officers recently headed off a shipment of the drug Nimetazepam that was destined for Malaysia. Through cooperation with their Malaysian counterparts, they seized close to 460kg of the drug before it left Taiwan.
On Wednesday, the interior minister, Hsu Kuo-yung, headed a press conference at which he presented awards to those involved. Hsu praised recent successes in the fight against drugs and called the latest success a great model of cooperation between police and customs authorities. 
Hsu said that had the shipment gone ahead as planned, it would have endangered public safety and heavily damaged Taiwan’s international image. He said this latest bust sends a message that Taiwan will not be lenient when it comes to drugs.