An alleged drug lord known as “Asian El Chapo” has been arrested in Amsterdam on suspicion of carrying out a multibillion-dollar drug operation, authorities said.
Qi Chi Lop, a Chinese-born Canadian citizen, was detained without incident at Schiphol Airport at the request of Australian police, who conducted an international investigation into his cartel, Dutch police spokesman Thomas Aling said on Saturday.
“He was already on the wanted list and was detained based on the intelligence we received,” Aling said.
Authorities say Jie, 57, is the leader of the Sam Gore trade union, which is said to dominate the 70 billion-year-old drug trade in the Asia-Pacific region.
Tse, a former prisoner who previously lived in Toronto, claims to have ruled the massive empire while living in Macau, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
Authorities say the cartel smuggled highly powerful metat into more than a dozen countries in addition to heroin and MDMA trafficking.
Since January 201
Jeremy Douglas, a regional representative of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), previously warned that Tse was as big a threat as other prominent drug lords.
“Tse Chi Lop is in the El Chapo league or maybe Pablo Escobar,” he told Reuters.
UNODC estimates that the Tse group raised $ 17 billion in 2018.
Tse is expected to be extradited after appearing before a judge, Dutch police said.
With Post wires