Tse Chi Lop, one of world's most-wanted fugitives is arrested for his multibillion-dollar drug syndicate
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Canada/Canadian-Media: Listed as one of the world's most-wanted fugitives, Tse Chi Lop, a Chinese-born Canadian national, the alleged leader of a multibillion-dollar drug syndicate, compared to Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzma was arrested without incident at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport on Friday at the request of Australian police, said the Dutch police said on Saturday.
Tse Chi Lop. Image credit: Twitter handle of Gangsters Inc.
An investigation by the Australian police revealed that Tse Chi Lop's organization dominates the $70 billion-a-year Asia-Pacific drug trade, Dutch police spokesperson Thomas Aling said.
An arrest warrant had been issued issued for him in 2019 by the Australian Federal Police (AFP), after investigation into the criminal organization "in connection with AFP-led Operation Volante, which dismantled a global crime syndicate operating in five countries." said AFP on Sunday.
The syndicate he is suspected of running is known to its members as "The Company." Law enforcers also refer to it as "Sam Gor" — or Brother Number Three in Cantonese — after one of Tse's nicknames, Reuters reported at the time.
"The syndicate targeted Australia over a number of years, importing and distributing large amounts of illicit narcotics, laundering the profits overseas and living off the wealth obtained from crime," the APF said.
"He was already on the most-wanted list and he was detained based on intelligence we received," Aling said and added that he is expected to be extradited after appearing before a judge.
Details about the legal proceedings were not provided by the Dutch police and it was not clear if Tse had a lawyer.
Formerly living in Toronto, Tse, 57, an ex-convict who , has moved between Macau, Hong Kong and Taiwan in recent years, according to counter-narcotics officers from four countries and documents previously reviewed by Reuters.
"Tse Chi Lop is in the league of El Chapo or maybe Pablo Escobar," Jeremy Douglas, Southeast Asia and Pacific representative for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), told Reuters in 2019, referring to Latin America's most notorious drug lords, CBC News reported.
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Houston (US)/Canadian-Media: The results of a recent enforcement action targeting criminal aliens who are alleged to have illegally reentered the United States after having previously been removed had been announced on Jan 6 by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) in Houston, ICE reports said.
Enforcement & removal of aliens. Image credit: ICE
After securing criminal arrest warrants for illegal reentry, ERO Houston arrested nine criminal aliens from Nov. 1, 2020, through Dec. 31, 2020 in the greater Houston area.
An illegally re-entry of the aliens to the U.S. after having been previously deported is considered a federal offense, which is punishable by up to 20 years in federal prison, if convicted.
All nine of the arrested individuals had record to their prior immigration-related offenses, and previously been convicted of other criminal offenses of being gang members, and had have been transferred into the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service where they will remain pending further criminal proceedings.
Following their criminal proceedings, ERO Houston will seek to take custody of the aliens to complete their removal from the United States.
“ICE takes seriously its obligation to enforce our nation’s immigration laws and seek out dangerous criminals who pose a threat to our communities,” said Daniel Bible, ERO Houston field office director. “The individuals arrested during this enforcement action have demonstrated a complete disregard for U.S. law and, in some cases, endangered American citizens with their brazen criminal conduct.”
ICE takes many factors into account when targeting and arresting individuals, including their criminal and immigration history and every day targets and arrests aliens who commit crimes, and other individuals who have violated our nation’s immigration laws. While taking efforts to minimize the risks of of the current pandemic to officers, aliens, and the public, ICE is continuing to conduct its critical public safety and immigration enforcement mission.