The Second Branch of the Taichung City Government Police Department. Photo: Google Maps

Seven Vietnamese men and women have been arrested in Taichung City in central Taiwan and charged with selling and using illegal drugs, mainly amphetamines.

Taichung police were tipped off by Vietnamese migrants who were harassed by a 29-year-old compatriot, who was recruiting others to become drug dealers and managers at his home inside an old building on Changping Road of Beitun district, China Times reported.

On April 25 police raided the house, where the drug dealer and six other Vietnamese men and women who were customers were arrested.

About 23.86 kilograms of amphetamines, 12 sets of smoking devices, nine packets with residue of amphetamines, pouch bags, an electronic scale and two air guns were seized at the crime scene.

A preliminary investigation identified the ringleader, who had been a legal migrant worker who ran away from his former employer two months after his arrival.

He was addicted to amphetamines and started selling the drug, targeting his compatriots as customers. In a bid to keep a low profile, it was learned that users had to buy the drugs and use them at his house.

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