Nabbed Canadian man named as one of world’s biggest drug kingpins learned underworld trade from Mafia in Canada

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His speciality, police allege, is methamphetamine, controlling perhaps as much as half of the meth moving throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Other stuff went along for the ride, from heroin and fentanyl to ketamine and ecstasy.

On top of that is the ancillary corruption and money laundering that goes hand-in-hand with the global drug trade.

Over years, authorities believe, Tse cobbled together alliances and partnerships with a stunning array of organizations around the world — in Japan, China, Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos, Australia, New Zealand, and others.

It is the first time a major crime figure in Asia of his stature has been arrested in decades, if ever

Police believe the syndicate has been manufacturing crystal meth to an industrial scale in Asia’s Golden Triangle, bordering Thailand, Laos and Myanmar, also known as Burma. It is protected by warlords and private armies.

According to an investigation for Reuters news agency by Tom Allard in 2019, four of the 19 Sam Gor syndicate leaders tracked by the Australian authorities are Canadian citizens, including Tse.

“From a pure profit perspective, Australia and New Zealand have amongst the highest per capita levels of meth use in the world. Japan has long-running historical use, and these countries pay the most,” said Douglas.

Tse was held on an Interpol warrant at the request of the Australian Federal Police who allege he was behind a large 2013 drug case that “dismantled a global crime syndicate operating in five countries,” police said. They issued an international arrest warrant which was suddenly activated at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport when Tse tried to fly to Canada.

Nabbed Canadian man named as one of world's biggest drug kingpins learned underworld trade from Mafia in Canada