At the beginning of October (2019), the Kaohsiung District Prosecutors Office received information on the allegations that Taiwanese drug traffickers were transporting large amounts of heroin stashed in containers from Vietnam. Under the co-command of Anti-Drugs Department Chief Prosecutor Li Wan-Ling, and Prosecutor Wang Chao-Hung, the Southern Mobile Team of the Ministry of Justice Investigation Bureau (MJIB) and Coast Patrol Corps 5 of Fleet Branch (hereinafter referred to as "Coast Patrol Corps 5") jointly conducted investigations along with the task force consisting of Kaohsiung City Police Department Lingya Precinct and the Kaohsiung Precinct, Aviation Police Bureau. On October 16, 56 heroin bricks (with a gross weight of 21kg) were seized at Wharf No. 70, Port of Kaohsiung. Two suspects surnamed Yang were arrested with a warrant. After the investigation, it was discovered that a large number of drugs were on its way to Taiwan from Vietnam. The drugs were traced back to their source. The International Operations Division of the MJIB notified the Anti-Smuggling and Investigation Department of the Vietnam Customs. On October 21, 446 heroin bricks (gross weight of 169kg) were seized in Ho Chi Minh City. The gross weight of heroin seized within and outside the borders of Taiwan was 190kg, which could be consumed by 19 million people, making this the largest heroin case seized through cooperation between Taiwan and Vietnam.
The Ministry of Justice Investigation Bureau (MJIB) received a report of a fraud server established by a telephone scam ring led by a man surnamed Huang in Taoyuan City.
In cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), the Ministry of Justice Investigation Bureau (MJIB) is hosting 2019 Taiwan Western Asia Forum on Regional Security and Transnational Crime on November 12 to 13 in Taipei, Taiwan.
To investigate voter bribery, spreading of fake news, and other cases that affect the fairness of elections, the Investigation Bureau has established and deployed the "Two-in-One Election Investigation Program" and "Team for Processing Fake News that Impact National Security and Elections" and it established the "Fake news Prevention and Control Center" on August 8, 2019 to rapidly increase the capacity for investigating fake news, conduct active investigations to effectively deter the spread of fake news and prevent them from severely affecting the fairness of elections.
The trade war between the United States and China has led to the return of many Taiwanese businesses and the domestic investment environment is being reviewed once again. The stability of power supply and absence of power outages are primary concerns for Taiwanese businesses who seek to return and invest in Taiwan and they are major policies of the government.
In 2018, the MJIB Taichung City Field Division received a report, which claimed that Zhong and Xue, leaders of a fraud organization, recruited a number of young members to commit telecom frauds abroad. The Division immediately reported it to Prosecutor Zhang Sheng-chuan of the Ai Section of Taichung City Prosecutors Office, who directed the investigation. The investigation found that Zhong’s fraud organization has set up fraud servers in different countries across Europe, Asia and America, all of which targeted the public in Mainland China. In response, the MJIB Taichung City Field Division, MJIB Economic Crime Prevention Division, and MJIB International Operations Division established an investigation task force. The task force has conducted long-term exchanges, analyses and comparisons of intelligences from different countries, and tracked the whereabouts of fraud organization members. Through MJIB’s overseas liaison officers and National Immigration Agency’s immigration liaison officers, the task force contacted and collaborated with the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) when the fraud organization members entered the US. Based on the intelligence provided by the task force, ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), CBP, and the California police successfully uncovered the organization’s US server and extradited a total of 19 members back to Taiwan on June 16 and July 21 this year (2019). Prosecutor Zhang Sheng-chuan of the Taichung City Prosecutors Office also immediately issued an arrest warrant to the task force, which executed the arrest at the Taoyuan Airport. Along with the Taoyuan City Field Division, Central Mobile Team, and the Technological Crime Investigative Task Force Section under the Taichung City Government Police Department, the task force simultaneously conducted searches in the residences and accommodations of the organization members. Evidences of the fraud including mobile phones, computers, and performance distribution charts were seized. 3 luxury cars, including a Maserati, a Ferrari, and a BMW owned by the main suspects Zhong and Xue were also uncovered and seized. On the other hand, the request for detention of the 19 members, including Ke, has been approved after second questioning.
In order to implement the national narcotics prevention policy, Taoyuan City Field Division of the Bureau works closely with the Taipei Customs of the Ministry of Finance to intercept drugs that are hidden in imported goods. The Division also cooperated with the Bureau’s Taipei City Field Division, New Taipei City Field Division, Taichung City Field Division, Kaohsiung City Field Division, Tainan City Field Division, Miaoli County Field Office, Central Mobile Team, Changhua County Field Office, Dongshi Precinct of Taichung City Police Bureau, and Taoyuan Precinct of Taoyuan City Police Bureau through the Emergency Management Mutual Aid System. Under the command of Prosecutor Wu Tsung Hsien and Lin Yung of the Taoyuan District Prosecutors Office, three cases of smuggling 339kg of Ketamine and 41kg of Methamphetamine by air were cracked from January to June 2019.
The Ministry of Justice Investigation Bureau cooperated with the Narcotics Suppression Bureau of Thailand (NSB), The Office of the Narcotics Control Board of Thailand (ONCB), and the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to establish a multinational police investigation team. In the afternoon of May 2, in the Chiang Mai region of Thailand, a transnational drug smuggling case was cracked successfully. A total of 51.74 kilograms of Ketamine were seized and Taiwanese drug suspects surnamed Yang, Kao and two Thai associates were arrested.
The opening ceremony of the 22nd Asia Pacific Chapter Retraining Conference of FBINAA began today (10th June) at the Grand Hyatt Hotel. It was hosted by both the MJIB and FBI. More than 170 law enforcement officers from over 20 countries in Asia-Pacific region attended the ceremony.
At the end of 2018, the Taoyuan City Field Division of the Ministry of Justice Investigation Bureau (hereinafter referred to as the Bureau) received information on the metal house hidden in the farmlands of Luzhou District, Taoyuan City, that was suspected of making drugs using newly developed raw materials. The New Taipei City Field Division, Dongshi Precinct of Taichung City Police Bureau, Taoyuan Precinct, Luzhu Precinct, and Dayuan Precinct of Taoyuan City Police Bureau established a task force and cooperated closely with the Customs Administration of Ministry of Finance Taipei Customs to intercept the raw materials. Under the command of Prosecutor Chung Hsin-yi of the Taoyuan District Prosecutors Office, on the evening of March 17, 2019, a drug factory was found in the metal house and link residence on Fuhong Street of Taoyuan Luzhu District. They arrested the suspected head of drug production, Zhang. They also seized 150kg of Ketamine, 1,000kg of semi-finished drugs, raw materials for drug production, thousands of kilograms of alcohol and ethyl acetate, 10kg of Amphetamine and roughly about NT$1.47 million cash from unknown sources. The estimated amount of seized products, semi-finished products, and raw materials are enough to produce more than 2 tons of Ketamine for 6.5 million people to smoke.