Authorities said an alleged drug lord, known as “El Chapo of Asia”, has been busted in Amsterdam on suspicion of operating a multibarion-dollar narcotics.
Dutch police spokesman Thomas Alling said on Saturday that Tse Chi Lope, a Canadian citizen of Chinese descent, was detained without incident at Schiphol Airport at the request of Australian police.
“He was already on the most-wanted list and based on the intelligence we received, he was detained,” Alling said.
Authorities said that 57-year-old Tse, Sam Gore, is the leader of the syndicate that allegedly dominates the $ 70 billion Asia-Pacific drug trade.
Tse, an ex-convict who formerly lived in Toronto, allegedly ran a large-scale empire while living in Macau, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
Officials alleged that the cartel smuggled highly potent meth into more than a dozen countries in addition to trafficking heroin and MDMA.
Court documents state that this syndicate has been “directly or directly involved in at least 13 cases of drug trafficking” since January 2015.
Jeremy Douglas, the regional representative of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), has previously warned that TSE is a threat as other notorious drug lords.
“Tse Chi Lope is in the league of El Chepo or maybe Pablo Escobar,” he told Reuters.
The UNODC estimated Tse’s group to be as high as $ 17 billion in 2018.
Dutch police said Tse is expected to be extradited after appearing before the judge.
With post wires