TAIPEI (TR) – Police in Taiwan on Wednesday announced the discovery of 138 kilograms of stimulant drugs concealed inside frozen tuna awaiting export to Japan, reports Nippon News Network (July 23)
Police arrested three people involved in the refrigeration of the shipment, which was to depart Port of Kaohsiung for Shizuoka City. The drugs have a street value of 1.4 billion yen.
Customs officials became suspicious after an X-ray check of the cargo revealed an unidentifiable area inside one of the fish. After the carcass was cut open, a plastic bag containing the contraband was discovered. A total of 53 fish were found to have drugs hidden inside.
Police suspect that organized crime in Japan was to be involved in the receiving of the shipment.