Three Taiwanese have been placed on a wanted list in Vietnam on suspicion of involvement in a drug trafficking ring, Vietnamese media reported.
The Tuoi Tre newspaper said on its Web site yesterday that Vietnamese police broke the drug trafficking case last week, finding more than 700kg of drugs and arresting several Vietnamese suspects, while three Taiwanese who were allegedly involved had fled the country.
Vietnamese police have issued a fugitive warrant for the three Taiwanese, seeking international assistance to arrest them, the report said.
On the wanted list are 43-year-old Lin Sheng-hsiun, 41-year-old Lin Kun-jund and 21-year-old Ho Yu-Hsiang, the report said.
On Wednesday last week, police seized 23 bags containing about 700kg of drugs found beside a highway in Ouynh Luu, Nghe An Province, in central Vietnam, the report said.
Police picked up the drugs and arrested several Vietnamese suspects, including a 28-year-old man surnamed Nguyen, who used to work in Taiwan, it said.
Nguyen told police that he was hired this year by Taiwanese visitors to Vietnam as an interpreter, the report said.
Last month, the Taiwanese again hired Nguyen, this time to rent a warehouse for them in Vietnam, it said.
Nguyen told police he initially thought the warehouse was to store speakers and that the three Taiwanese were in Vietnam to perform maintenance work on them, the newspaper reported.
However, after it was reported that police on Monday last week had seized about 600kg of drugs stored inside speakers in Vinh City, also in Nghe An Province, he said the Taiwanese told him to hire some other workers to get rid of the devices, the report cited him as saying.
Police found the drugs two days later, the report said.
The three Taiwanese suspects fled Vietnam on Monday and Tuesday last week, the report said, adding that Vetnamese police have stepped up their efforts to find the source of the drugs.
Food delivery provider Foodpanda had 564 consumer disputes from January to last month and failed to attend many mediation sessions with local governments nationwide, the Executive Yuan’s Consumer Protection Committee said. In a news release earlier this month, the committee said that it investigated consumer complaints and mediations for Foodpanda and rival Uber Eats during the period, when the number of delivery orders jumped due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Uber Eats had 80 consumer disputes, the committee said. Of Foodpanda’s consumer disputes, 368 resulted from delivery drivers canceling orders after customers could not be reached, 108 were related to the quality or quantity
‘HONEYMOON’ IS OVER: A political science professor said that the Tsai administration’s popularity peaked after it successfully contained COVID-19, but is waning President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) and Premier Su Tseng-chang’s (蘇貞昌) approval ratings fell significantly this month in the wake of the government’s handling of the distribution of relief funds and stimulus coupons to people and businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, a poll released yesterday by the New Power Party (NPP) showed. The poll showed that 68 percent of respondents said they were satisfied with Tsai’s performance, down 8.9 percentage points from last month, while 21 percent said they disapproved of her performance. Her approval among respondents aged 20 to 29 fell 14.7 percentage points, the largest decrease when compared with other age
‘CHINESE CAPITAL’: Fanny Liu was found guilty of reducing the rent of a tenant in exchange for a vote for a KMT Taipei city councilor candidate The Taipei District Court on Wednesday sentenced Fanny Liu (劉樂妍), a former member of the now-disbanded female pop group Fantasy 4, to 10 years in prison for vote-buying. The court found Liu — who is now based in China and has made pro-Chinese Communist Party remarks — guilty of reducing the rent on a Taipei property she owned in exchange for the tenant voting for a Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) candidate in the November 2018 nine-in-one local elections. She can appeal the ruling. Liu in December 2018 reportedly lowered the rent by NT$1,000 after the tenant said they had voted for Taipei City
Passengers arriving at Taoyuan International Airport will find that most entrances to both terminals have been sealed off as part of its COVID-19 prevention efforts. Follow the signs and directions posted on the doors to find the nearest entry point. The airport has installed infrared cameras and thermometer guns at all open entrances, and all persons with a temperature of over 37.5 degrees Celsius are prohibited from entering the terminal. In addition, staff will take the temperature of those checking in to their flights in advance at Airport MRT stations A1 and A3. In accordance with the Centers of Disease