Taiwan: Prosecutors open probe into LSD stamp smuggling case

Taichung, Nov. 9 (CNA) Prosecutors have opened an investigation into a drug case involving a man surnamed Lee (李), who is accused of running a drug ring that purchased LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) stamps with cryptocurrency and smuggled them into Taiwan from Poland.

According to a statement released by the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) on Thursday, the case dates back to May, when police were conducting checks online and discovered that several people, including Lee, appeared to be selling and smuggling LSD stamps.

The CIB then teamed up with the Taichung and Taoyuan police and launched two special operations in July and September. Lee was subsequently arrested, along with three other suspects who were in charge of managing overseas contacts and trafficking the drugs.

The four suspects were released on bail at the end of October, with Lee’s bond the highest at NT$100,000 (US$3,096).

During the operations, the police also confiscated 952 LSD stamps, three bottles of marijuana (348 grams each), 10 joints, 95 packs of drug-laced coffee, one batch of rice paper and some grinders.

According to the police, the drug dealers purchased the LSD stamps from Polish suppliers with Tether — a cryptocurrency stablecoin — and sent the stamps to Taiwan through the mail. Lee and his team then sold each LSD stamp for between NT$300 (US$9.29) and NT$1,100.

LSD, a Category Two narcotic in Taiwan, is an odorless and colorless substance with a slightly bitter taste. It is available as a saturated absorbent paper, tablet, or in a liquid form.



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