Minister of Justice Morley Shih (
Shih made the remarks during a news conference at the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport to promote an anti-drug campaign.
He said that many people were fooled into smuggling drugs without their knowledge or were lured into acting as "mules."
Shih offered some tips to avoid violating the law, saying that the public should refrain from carrying luggage for others or allowing people to carry their luggage. If they encountered any problems, they should immediately seek the assistance of Taiwan's representative offices overseas, he added.
An anti-drug short film was aired and sniffer dogs were also on hand to display their expertise.
Tallies of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs showed that the number of Taiwanese who are incarcerated in Southeast Asian countries exceeds 140, with nearly 90 percent of them imprisoned on drug-related charges.
In a breakdown of that figure, 120 Taiwanese are serving terms in Thailand, with 110 of them serving terms related to drugs. Twenty-three Taiwanese are serving terms in the Philippines, with 90 percent related to drugs.