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Taiwan Quick Take

STAFF WRITER WITH CNA

■ Entertainment
Drug test results revealed

Entertainer Suzanne Hsiao (蕭淑慎) was found to have used cocaine, while TV show hosts Tuo Tsung-kang (庹宗康) and Chu Chung-heng (屈中恆) and actors Jung Hsiung (戎祥), Hung Chi-te (洪其德) and Chang Li-wei (張立威) were found to have taken marijuana, according to drug test results released by prosecutors yesterday. Prosecutors said they would ask the court to order detention for the six. The drug tests were ordered after police raided a Taipei apartment last month and found a marijuana-growing operation. In related news, prosecutors have asked for a three-year sentence for variety show host Hu Gua (胡瓜), who installed cameras in his residence to cheat people who played mahjong with him.

■ Defense

Amendment moves forward

The National Defense Committee passed a second reading of an amendment to the National Defense Act (國防法) yesterday. The amendment regulates that military personnel will not be allowed to be connected to any form of political activities, including posting political articles on the Internet, participating in political activities and making political comments whether in public or in private, in uniform or out. The amendment still must go to a floor vote.

■ Society

Donations sought for ride

Five physically challenged people are bicycling around Taiwan in an effort to raise money for others with physical disabilities, a Chinese Christian Relief Association (CCRA) official said yesterday. Hsiao Chao-liang (蕭潮樑), Chang Wen-yen (張文彥), Liao Yung-jen (廖永仁), Kuo Hsien-hui (郭憲輝) and Chen Chi-jen (陳麒仁) began their 14-day, 1,500km trip last Saturday. The CCRA yesterday announced an online game to attract donors for the bike tour. The game offers donors a chance to win merchandise ranging from bicycles to Christmas CDs in a lucky draw. Those interested in making a donation can visit the CCRA's Web site at www.1919.org.tw/2006/bike.

■ Crime

Fishy cargo leads to bust

Two men were arrested in Kaohsiung yesterday and 15 blocks of heroin weighing 15kg in total and estimated to have a market value of NT$300 million (US$9.18 million) were seized, police said. The heroin was hidden in 357 boxes of fish imported from Thailand. The two men were arrested when they came to claim the fish from a refrigerated warehouse. Investigators said they were alerted six months ago that drug dealers were trying to bring in heroin from Thailand in boxes of fish.

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