Accused kingpin “Asia’s El Chapo” extradited to Australia in “one of the most high-profile arrests in the history” of the country

The alleged boss of Asia’s largest crime syndicate and one of the world’s most wished males has been extradited to Australia and arrested on drug trafficking expenses, police said Thursday.

Chinese-born Canadian Tse Chi Lop, 59, is suspected of being the chief of an Asian mega-cartel generally known as Sam Gor, a serious world producer and provider of methamphetamines. Australian police estimate it is answerable for up to 70% of the medicine coming into Australia alone, the BBC reported.

He is anticipated to seem in Melbourne Magistrates’ Court Thursday to answer a cost of “conspiracy to traffic commercial quantities of controlled drugs” after being extradited from the Netherlands.

Chinese-born Canadian Tse Chi Lop, 59, is suspected of being the chief of an Asian mega-cartel identified.

Australian Police Force

Tse, dubbed Asia’s “El Chapo” in reference to Mexican drug lord Joaquin Guzman’s nickname, faces life imprisonment if convicted.

Australian police hailed it as “one of the most high-profile arrests in the history” of the country.

The Sam Gor group — or “The Company” — is believed to launder billions in drug money by casinos, resorts and actual property in Southeast Asia’s Mekong area.

Tse was detained at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport in January 2021 after a decade-long hunt.

He had been the topic of an Interpol Red Notice.

Australian Federal Police Assistant Commissioner Krissy Barrett mentioned the arrest got here after a “very complex investigation.”

“We allege this male is the head of a large transnational organized crime syndicate,” she mentioned.

“By their very nature, these very senior figures within the syndicates obviously deliberately stay hands-off in terms of the business dealings.”

“That’s why it’s such a significant arrest and why it has taken a fair amount of time.”

Tse has denied the drug expenses, the BBC reported. He has claimed that his arrest was arrange by Australian authorities, and argued that Australian police had illegally organized for his expulsion from Taiwan to Canada to embody a cease in the Netherlands in order that he might be arrested there.

Australian police mentioned that the expenses relate to a particular 2012-2013 operation transferring medicine from Melbourne to Sydney.

A police sting at the time nabbed 27 folks and netted 20 kilos of methamphetamine with a present avenue worth of round U.S.$3 million.

A second man has additionally been arrested after being extradited from Thailand.

“The hard work of investigators, and the (Australian Federal Police) international network, has enabled these alleged offenders to be charged and face the justice system in Australia,” mentioned Barrett.

Tse’s extradition comes simply two days after the Mexican military arrested the brother of the country’s most wished drug cartel boss, Nemesio “El Mencho” Oseguera

The United States has supplied a $10 million reward for El Mencho’s seize, however the Jalisco cartel has violently fought previous makes an attempt to arrest him.

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