Dutch police arrest alleged Asian drug syndicate kingpin

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AMSTERDAM — Dutch police stated on Saturday that they had arrested the alleged chief of a sprawling Asian 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.

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 spokesman Thomas Aling stated.


Tse is anticipated 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.

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

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


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

The group has “been related with or instantly concerned in not less than 13 circumstances” of drug trafficking since January 2015, the paperwork confirmed.