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Dutch cops bust accused Canadian drug boss called ‘El Chapo of the East’

AMSTERDAM — Dutch police have arrested a Canadian man who they say is the kingpin of an Asian drug syndicate has been compared to Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

Tse Chi Lop — who once called Toronto home — is listed as one of the world’s most-wanted fugitives.

Tse — a Chinese-born Canadian national — was detained on Friday at the request of Australian police, who led an investigation that found his organization dominates the $70 billion-a-year Asia-Pacific drug trade, Dutch police spokesman Thomas Aling said.

Tse is expected to be extradited after appearing before a judge, Aling said, adding that his arrest by national police took place without incident at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport.

“He was already on the most-wanted list and he was detained based on intelligence we received,” Aling said.

Dutch police were unable to provide details about the legal proceedings and it was not clear if Tse had a lawyer.

Tse, an ex-convict has moved between Macau, Hong Kong and Taiwan in recent years, according to counter-narcotics officers from four countries and documents previously reviewed by Reuters.

“Tse Chi Lop is in the league of El Chapo or maybe Pablo Escobar,” Jeremy Douglas, Southeast Asia and Pacific representative for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), told Reuters in 2019, referring to Latin America’s most notorious drug lords.

The Canadian passport of the man they call the “El Chapon of the East”, Tse Chi Lop, a Canadian citizen. Photo by HANDOUT /DUTCH NATIONAL POLICE

The syndicate he is suspected of running is known to its members as “The Company.” Law enforcers also refer to it as “Sam Gor” – or Brother Number Three in Cantonese – after one of Tse’s nicknames, Reuters reported at the time.

It was unable to contact Tse for comment on the report.

The Australian Federal Police (AFP), which has taken the lead in a sprawling investigation into the criminal organization, identified Tse as “the senior leader of the Sam Gor syndicate.”

The group has “been connected with or directly involved in at least 13 cases” of drug trafficking since January 2015, the documents showed.

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