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2 Japanese arrested in Taipei for smuggling ecstasy.

TAIPEI, May 6 Kyodo

Two Japanese men were arrested at Taipei's Chiang Kai-shek international airport Monday for allegedly trying to smuggle into Taiwan more than 14 kilograms of the illegal drug ecstasy, airport police said.

Eiji Iribe, 33, of Yokohama, and Yoshio Hirakawa, 29, of Shizuoka Prefecture, arrived on a China Airlines flight from Amsterdam earlier in the day.

When passing through customs, inspection officials discovered two plastic bags, one containing 7,080 grams of ecstasy and the other 7,520 grams of the drug, in double bottoms of the pair's suitcases.

The two suspects told police that a Taiwanese male acquaintance they met in Japan invited them to Amsterdam for a three-day trip and in return asked them to deliver two suitcases to a Taipei hotel.

When questioned by police, the pair insisted that they did not know that ecstasy pills were hidden in the luggage.
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