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.