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Drug smuggling by Taiwanese in South Korea on the rise: MOFA

Drug smuggling by Taiwanese in South Korea on the rise: MOFA

Taipei: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said that the number of drug-smuggling cases in South Korea involving Taiwanese suspects has risen sharply over the past two years.

So far this year, 26 Taiwanese suspects have been linked to drug smuggling cases in South Korea, a steep increase from one in 2016 and four in 2017, according to Chang Chun-yu (張均宇), deputy head of MOFA’s Department of East Asian and Pacific Affairs.

In some of those 26 cases, Taiwanese suspects have been placed under investigation, indicted or imprisoned, in accordance with South Korea law, Chang said.

He warned Taiwanese travelers to abide by the laws of the country they are visiting, so as to avoid hurting their careers and tarnishing Taiwan’s international image.