Man arrested for trying to ship erimin pills to China
Central News Agency
2014-01-13 10:33 PM
Taipei, Jan. 13 (CNA) Agents from the Bureau of Investigation arrested a man surnamed Hu in Keelung on Sunday and seized 200,000 erimin pills worth an estimated NT$20 million (US$666,380) on the market from his car. Agents said they were tipped off recently that some individuals were trying to ship the drug to China for profit before Chinese New Year, which falls on Jan. 31. Hu was instructed by another Taiwanese in China to deliver the drugs to two unidentified men in Keelung. Agents said the erimin possessed by Hu was made from relatively inexpensive phenazepam, which has the same effect as the main active ingredient in the drug, nimetazepam. Both substances can cause serious harm to the human body, including anxiety and insomnia, partial or whole body twitching, and even death. Because Hu has worked for pharmaceutical companies, investigators were continuing to check into downstream drug factories to see if they were involved in the case. Hu told police that the cost of one pill is less than NT$1, and the raw material is easily available. He has been turned over to the Keelung Prosecutors Office for follow-up action under suspicion of violating the Narcotics Hazard Prevention Act. (By Lin Chang-shun and Lilian Wu)
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