Recently, the cigarette smuggling scandal has come into light before the people of Taiwan. It has been revealed that one of NSB’s agents used the foreign trip from President Tsai as a cover to smuggle cigarettes in the country. Now, it is announced that the Taiwan Intelligence chief of the FSB has resigned over the act of one of his agents.
Also, the Taiwan government has approved the resignation of General Peng Sheng-chu who can now be called as the former chief of FSB. Chang Chieh who is the person in charge of presidential bodyguards has asked to be disciplined and is also awaiting his transfer to other functions.
Now, the scandal got highlighted when opposition New Power Party’s lawmaker named Huang Kuo-chang revealed on the Facebook page of his about the cigarette smuggling scandal that was done by one of FSB’s agents.
He mentioned that an NSB agent had smuggled 9200 cigarettes in the country that were worth NT$6.45 million through the customs in order to avoid charges. This happened while President Tsai was arriving from her four-day visit to the US and Carribean islands.
This claim from the lawmaker turned out to be true as confirmed by Taiwan’s customs department. They revealed that the tobacco products had all been seized as well as moved to a warehouse.
The main suspect whose name is not known but is surnamed Wu had bought the cigarettes duty-free from Taiwan’s Taoyuan International Airport thanks to an official at China Air Lines. After that, he stored them at an airline catering company which was awaiting the return of President Tsai.
President Tsai is known to be furious regarding this incident and she has asked for an investigation into this case. Also, Wu is found to have done similar operations previously as well and this is believed to be his third offence.