Man on suspicion of drug lord in Asia arrested in Netherlands

He is compared to Mexican Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. Australian authorities are demanding, Sunday, January 24, the extradition of a man arrested in the Netherlands, suspected of being the drug lord in Asia, and one of the most wanted men in the world. Tse Chi Lop, 57, wanted for years, was arrested Friday by the Dutch police at the request of the Australian Federal Police. Australian authorities said in a statement on Sunday that a man “of considerable interest” for law enforcement authorities had been arrested.

This Canadian citizen of Chinese origin has been named by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) as the alleged leader of the huge Asian cartel known as the “Sam Gor”, a major global producer and supplier of methamphetamines. “Sam Gor” would launder the billions derived from drugs, notably through casinos, hotels and real estate companies in the Mekong region of Southeast Asia.

Australian Federal Police said the arrest followed an operation that, in 2012-2013, resulted in the arrest of 27 people linked to a crime syndicate in five countries. This group was suspected of importing “substantial amounts of heroin and methamphetamine” in Australia, a very lucrative market for drug traffickers. “For years he had targeted Australia, distributing large quantities of narcotics, laundering overseas profits and living off the wealth from crime.”, according to Australian police.

During the nets conducted in Melbourne in 2012-2013, the police seized goods worth 9 million Australian dollars (5.70 million euros), including cash, handbags branded, casino chips and jewelry.

The arrest of Tse Chi Lop, nearly ten years after this operation, is a major step forward for the Australian authorities. The Attorney General of the island continent intends to submit a formal extradition request so that Tse Chi Lop can be tried by Australian justice. Most of the highly addictive drug methamphetamine circulating in Asia comes from the “Golden Triangle”, an area on the border of Laos, Burma, Thailand and southwest China.

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