The hunt for Asia's El Chapo

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Re: The hunt for Asia's El Chapo

Post by icetiger81 » Thu Oct 17, 2019 12:51 am

Can't wait to watch the "Netflix Original Series" on this guy!
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Re: The hunt for Asia's El Chapo

Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Thu Oct 17, 2019 11:55 pm

More Chinese tea !
In another large Cambodian drug bust this year, three Nigerians were arrested on 30 July 2019 with 20kgs of crystal amphetamine, which was again found wrapped up in the ubiquitous Chinese tea packaging.

Three Nigerians arrested with 21 bags of drugs in Cambodia .
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Re: The hunt for Asia's El Chapo

Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Fri Oct 18, 2019 1:34 am

The Hunt for Guanyinwang Tea Methamphetamine Busts
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One telling discovery: a screenshot of a slip from an international courier company recording the delivery of two consignments of packaging, manufactured to hold loose-leaf Chinese tea, to a Yangon address. Since at least 2012, tea packets, often containing one kilo of crystal meth each, had been cropping up in drug busts across the Asia-Pacific region.

For regional counter-narcotics police, the revelations upended their assumption that the drugs were being trafficked by different crime groups. It became clear the shipments were the work of just one organisation.
It all looks very connected. At each mega-drug bust involving methamphetamine in South East Asia this year, whether in Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam or Cambodia, the crystal methamphetamine is always packed in these Guanyinwang tea bags. Since coincidence on this scale is unlikely, the conclusion must be that this same huge Chinese drug syndicate, " The Company", is also responsible for the vast quantities of methamphetamine that are flooding into Cambodia.
The amount of drugs seized in one week in March 2019, in three enormous busts in Malaysia, Philippines, and Vietnam, is a staggering 2520 kilograms. (See below for details.)
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Kuala Lumpur seizes record $35m drug haul.

Malaysian drug busters with the seized 2,060kg of drugs believed to be syabu, or crystal methampheta-mine, disguised as Chinese tea.PHOTO: BERNAMA
Mar 23, 2019, 5:00 am SGT

PASIR GUDANG • Malaysian police have crippled a drug distribution syndicate and seized 2,060kg of drugs believed to be syabu, or crystal methamphetamine, worth RM103.2 million (S$34.7 million), local media reported yesterday.

The drugs were packed to look like Chinese tea packets.

The bust is the biggest drug haul in the history of Malaysian police, the federal police's Narcotics Crime Investigation Department director, Commissioner Mohamad Salleh, was quoted as saying by The Star newspaper.
He said the drugs, disguised as Guanyinwang Chinese tea, were believed to be from the "Golden Triangle" countries of Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand.

Mr Mohamad said the syndicate has been around for some time, and that apart from the domestic market, the drugs were also meant for distribution in Indonesia, Singapore, the Philippines, South Korea, Australia, Japan and New Zealand.
Meth worth $28m seized in upscale enclave near Manila
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PHOTO: PHILIPPINE DRUG ENFORCEMENT AGENCY
Mar 22, 2019, 5:00 am SGT
Philippine drug enforcers have seized around 160kg of methamphetamine valued at more than 1.1 billion pesos (S$28 million) at an upscale enclave just south of the capital Manila where prominent lawmakers, politicians, celebrities and business executives live under tight security.

Three Chinese nationals and a Chinese-Filipino interpreter were arrested late on Tuesday in separate raids in Ayala Alabang Village, a posh gated community in Muntinlupa city, and at a nearby shopping mall. Those arrested were Go Kei Kei, 40, Chua Kian Kok, 43, Wu Yi, 19, and their interpreter Emmanuel Pascual, 79.

The drugs, a powerful methamphetamine locally known as shabu, were concealed in tea wrappers and biscuit cans, similar to those in seizures in Malaysia, Thailand and Myanmar.

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chief Aaron Aquino said this suggested that an international syndicate running drugs through the notorious "Golden Triangle", which straddles the borders of Laos, Thailand and Myanmar, was behind the trafficking.
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-as ... ear-manila
Vietnam police seize 300kg of meth in mansion bust
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Around 300kg of methamphetamine was seized by Vietnamese police during the operation in Ho Chi Minh City.PHOTO: AFP
Mar 21, 2019, 3:23 pm SGT
HANOI (AFP) - Vietnam police busted a massive meth ring in a Ho Chi Minh City mansion allegedly run by a Chinese national who used a textile company as a cover for the operation, police and state media reported on Thursday (March 21).

Police on Wednesday stormed the luxury property in Vietnam's largest city, guarded with private security and outfitted with cameras, during an hours-long raid which unearthed methamphetamine believed to have been smuggled in from Laos.

Around 300kg of methamphetamine was seized, and images in the press later displayed dozens of bricks of drugs.

"Eleven people were arrested, including eight Chinese and three Vietnamese," a police official from Binh Tan district, where the bust took place, told AFP on Thursday, requesting anonymity.
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-as ... nsion-bust
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Re: The hunt for Asia's El Chapo

Post by Mishmash » Fri Oct 18, 2019 10:39 am

Foook meee...

Always wondered why i felt a bit uplifted after the tea ceremony with my Chinese Suppliers...
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Re: The hunt for Asia's El Chapo

Post by frank lee bent » Fri Oct 18, 2019 10:51 am

It must be difficult for criminals to operate in such a high surveillance environment.
Unless it has state sanction.
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Re: The hunt for Asia's El Chapo

Post by chiaojiang » Thu Oct 24, 2019 8:44 am

http://www.arey-news.com/archives/336297

53 more packs busted in Kampong Thom
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Re: The hunt for Asia's El Chapo

Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Thu Oct 24, 2019 1:42 pm

chiaojiang wrote:
Thu Oct 24, 2019 8:44 am
http://www.arey-news.com/archives/336297

53 more packs busted in Kampong Thom
That makes a total of 93kgs of Chinese tea methamphetamine seized in three days.
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Re: The hunt for Asia's El Chapo

Post by DaveG » Thu Oct 24, 2019 2:14 pm

They don't half appear to like this Meth stuff over here !!!, personally an espresso first thing in the morning make me a bit twitchy, no wonder they all go a little mad. :shock:

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Re: The hunt for Asia's El Chapo

Post by Mishmash » Thu Oct 24, 2019 3:07 pm

It does have its downsides at the GSM perhaps....

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Re: The hunt for Asia's El Chapo

Post by DaveG » Thu Oct 24, 2019 4:16 pm

Talking about before and after take a look at what it did to this young lady !!!!! :shock:

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You never quite know what it's been cut with !!! :x
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