Do you think this guy knew what he was buying and should he of been busted ? Also do you know what happened to the guy was he sentenced etc. ? This story is about five years old but would be interested to know what happened ? SO are bagels with opium poppy seeds really illegal in Taiwan ? In the uk i thought that is what were used all the time! If so what seeds do they use on the bread ? non opium poppy seed ? So do you think he should of been arrested and charged ?
Do you know if he was sentenced to prison ?
below is the pasted story
Bagel Man Charged in Taiwan
Posted by ajones – January 5, 2001
Reprinted from the Taipei Times.
Poppy seed bagel baker charged for narcotics offense
By Jou Ying-cheng
Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office yesterday indicted a bakery owner for importing poppy seeds to be used in making bagels.
Prosecutors have charged the baker with possession of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances, an offense punishable with a prison sentence not exceeding two years or a fine not exceeding NT$30,000.
The Marco Polo Bakery said the poppy seeds it imported were not from opium poppies but the prosecution disagreed.
“Poppy seed bagels are popular in many countries, such as the US,” a bakery spokesperson, Max Fan, told the Taipei Times yesterday. “We just wanted to introduce a new flavor to customers in Taiwan.”
Last January the bakery imported 22.5kg of Australian poppy seeds from New York in four postal parcels, according to the indictment.
The Ministry of Justice Investigation Bureau seized the parcels, clearly marked as poppy seeds, before the bakery had ever made use of the seeds, Fan said.
The accused bakery owner, Cho-Liu Ching-ti, said during the investigation that there were hundreds of species of poppy in the world, and that the species she imported was not from opium poppies and was conventionally used for baking.
The prosecution, however, said the imported poppy seeds had been found to contain morphine and codeine in tests carried out by the Military Police’s authentication laboratory.
Consulting the justice ministry, the prosecution said that poppies which contain morphine and codeine were to be identified as opium poppies, banned by the Narcotics Endangerment Prevention Act.
The prosecution said the definition of narcotics in the act was in accordance with the 1988 UN Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances.
Fan said the poppy seeds were introduced to the bakery by its supplier in the US.
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