Tse Chi Lop, one of the “most wanted” drug bosses from Asia, has been captured by Dutch police on Sunday.
He was detained at the Schiphol Airport, around 10 kilometers southwest of Amsterdam.
Chi Lop, a 57-year-old Canadian citizen born in China, is thought to be the head of the organization that controls the biggest part of the illegal drug market in Asia, the value of which is estimated to be around 70 million U.S. dollars.
Chi Lop has been arrested as a result of a warrant issued by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) in 2019.
Asia’s El Chapo
AFP accuses Chi Lop of being a leader of the international crime organization known as Sam Gor or The Company.
This organization is believed to be responsible for 70% of all illegal drugs imported in Australia, including methamphetamine, heroin, and MDMA.
There are also indications that the organization smuggled methamphetamine to more than 10 other countries, including Japan and New Zealand.
According to some reports, The Company managed to earn around 17 billion U.S. dollars just from selling methamphetamine.
As the head of such an organization, Chi Lop has been occasionally called “Asia’s El Chapo”.
Drugs sold by The Company are believed to be produced in the jungles of Myanmar.
Little police control of what is going on in these jungles seemingly proved to be conducive to the expansion of the gang.
From there, drugs are thought to be sent to the nearby Bangkok, from where they were later distributed to Australia and other countries.
Chi Lop lost $ 66 million gambling in one night
Chi Lop has been followed by AFP for more than 10 years.
During the last several years, Chi Lop is thought to have moved between Macau, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.
Before that, he served his drug trafficking prison sentence in the U.S.
In 2000, Chi Lop has been sentenced to 9 years in prison by the U.S. authorities but released after 6 years.
During his stay in Macau, Chi Lop has been mostly protected by Thai kickboxers.
Allegedly, the leader of The Company lost more than 66 million U.S. dollars in just one of his visits to one casino in Macau.
Australian media described Chi Lop’s capture as “the most important” arrest by the AFP in the past 20 years.
Chi Lop is expected to be transferred to Australia once Australia sends a formal extradition request to Dutch authorities.