The Sam Gor syndicate and its leader, Tse Chi Lop, stand accused of running what is arguably the biggest drug-trafficking operation in Asia’s history.
They have lived largely in the shadows, with Tse allegedly running his multibillion dollar operation from Hong Kong, Macao and southeast Asia until his identity was revealed last week in an investigative piece published by Reuters.
It has been hard to watch and wait while the case against Tse has developed, knowing that he is believed to be the driving force behind the recent Asia Pacific synthetic drug surge that has ruined countless lives.
But he has been named, and the region and the world have taken note.… Seguir leyendo »
When a major government designates a business as a front for organized crime, the accused normally go into hiding and tell their lawyers to get ready.
But the Kings Romans Casino in Laos proves that normal rules of criminal behavior don’t always apply to Southeast Asia.
At the end of January last year, the United States Treasury Department sanctioned Kings Romans, its owner, Zhao Wei, and the «Zhao Wei Transnational Crime Organization,» alleging the casino was used to launder money and traffic drugs, among other serious crimes.
Zhao has been accused of operating with near impunity inside a Laotian special economic zone, a strategic location with limited oversight.… Seguir leyendo »