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CIB warns of foreigner drug menace

STAFF WRITER, WITH CNA

Drug trafficking foreigners are using young women from Taiwan to smuggle drugs across national borders, police said on Friday.The warning came after Taiwan and Australia jointly arrested two women in separate incidents.

Police in Australia detained a Taiwanese woman surnamed Wu who attempted to carry 3.2kg of cocaine hidden in scrolls through customs in Brisbane on April 18, the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) said in a statement.

The bureau said that Wu, who claimed she had not been aware of the existence of the drugs, was asked by her “African boyfriend” in Taiwan to take the paintings to Australia, the statement said.

Australian police also arrested another Taiwanese woman, surnamed Tseng, who attempted to smuggle heroin through customs on Wednesday, the statement said.

Tseng was asked by an “African friend” to deliver the drug, disguised as medicine, to “an Australian black” in Perth after picking it up in Malaysia, the statement said

The CIB said local women should “gain a better understanding of their foreign friends in Taiwan before developing a closer relationship.”

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