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Dutch police arrest Chinese-born Canadian national who allegedly runs multibillion-dollar drug syndicate | Unfold Times

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Dutch police stated on Saturday they’d arrested the alleged chief of a multibillion-dollar drug syndicate who’s listed as one of many world’s most-wanted fugitives and has been in comparison with Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

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Tse Chi Lop, a Chinese language-born Canadian nationwide, was detained on Friday on the request of Australian police, who led an investigation that discovered his group dominates the $70 billion-a-year Asia-Pacific drug commerce, Dutch police spokesperson Thomas Aling stated.

Tse is predicted to be extradited after showing earlier than a choose, Aling stated, including that his arrest by nationwide police occurred with out incident at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport.

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“He was already on the most-wanted listing and he was detained primarily based on intelligence we acquired,” Aling stated.

Dutch police have been unable to offer particulars in regards to the authorized proceedings and it was not clear if Tse had a lawyer.

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Tse, 57, an ex-convict who previously lived in Toronto, has moved between Macau, Hong Kong and Taiwan lately, in response to counter-narcotics officers from 4 international locations and paperwork beforehand reviewed by Reuters.

“Tse Chi Lop is within the league of El Chapo or possibly Pablo Escobar,” Jeremy Douglas, Southeast Asia and Pacific consultant for the United Nations Workplace on Medicine and Crime (UNODC), advised Reuters in 2019, referring to Latin America’s most infamous drug lords.

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The syndicate he’s suspected of working is understood to its members as “The Firm.” Regulation enforcers additionally confer with it as “Sam Gor” — or Brother Quantity Three in Cantonese — after one in every of Tse’s nicknames, Reuters reported on the time.

Reuters was unable to contact Tse for touch upon the report.

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The Australian Federal Police (AFP), which has taken the lead in a sprawling investigation into the felony group, stated on Sunday it has issued an arrest warrant for him in 2019, “in reference to AFP-led Operation Volante, which dismantled a worldwide crime syndicate working in 5 international locations.”

“The syndicate focused Australia over numerous years, importing and distributing massive quantities of illicit narcotics, laundering the income abroad and residing off the wealth obtained from crime,” the APF stated.

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