Dutch police arrest Chinese language-born Canadian nationwide who allegedly runs multibillion-dollar drug syndicate

Dutch police mentioned on Saturday that they had arrested the alleged chief of a multibillion-dollar 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 spokesperson Thomas Aling mentioned.


Tse is predicted to be extradited after showing earlier than a decide, Aling mentioned, including that his arrest by nationwide police befell with out incident at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport.

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

Dutch police had been unable to offer particulars in regards to 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, based on counter-narcotics officers from 4 nations and paperwork beforehand reviewed by Reuters.

“Tse Chi Lop is within the league of El Chapo or perhaps Pablo Escobar,” Jeremy Douglas, Southeast Asia and Pacific consultant for the United Nations Workplace on Medication and Crime (UNODC), informed Reuters in 2019, referring to Latin America’s most infamous drug lords.

The syndicate he’s suspected of working is understood to its members as “The Firm.” Legislation enforcers additionally discuss with it as “Sam Gor” — or Brother Quantity Three in Cantonese — after one among Tse’s nicknames, Reuters reported on the time.


Reuters was unable to contact Tse for touch upon the report.

The Australian Federal Police (AFP), which has taken the lead in a sprawling investigation into the felony group, mentioned on Sunday it has issued an arrest warrant for him in 2019, “in reference to AFP-led Operation Volante, which dismantled a worldwide crime syndicate working in 5 nations.”

“The syndicate focused Australia over various years, importing and distributing massive quantities of illicit narcotics, laundering the earnings abroad and dwelling off the wealth obtained from crime,” the APF mentioned.