Asia’s drug kingpin arrested
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The alleged ringleader of Asia's biggest crime syndicate and one of the world's most wanted men has been arrested in the Netherlands, with Australian authorities pushing for his extradition to face trial.
Police had been chasing alleged drug kingpin Tse Chi Lop, 57, for years until his arrest by Dutch police on Friday (Jan 22) acting on a request from Australia's federal police, reports channelnewsasia today.
In a statement on Sunday, Australian authorities said a man "of significant interest" to law enforcement agencies had been detained. A police spokeswoman confirmed his name as Tse Chi Lop.
The Chinese-born Canadian citizen has been compared to Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.
He has been named by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) as the suspected leader of the Asian mega-cartel known as "Sam Gor", a major producer and supplier of methamphetamines globally.
Sam Gor is believed to launder its billions in drug money through businesses springing up in Southeast Asia's Mekong region - including casinos, hotels and real estate.
Australia's federal police said Friday's arrest followed an operation that in 2012 and 2013 nabbed 27 people linked to a crime syndicate spanning five countries.