Chinese Triads and West African gangs making drug ice bound for Australia

August 7, 2016

  • CHINESE Triads and West African gangs are among the international organised crime syndicates making the deadly drug ice for the booming Australian market. Triad society members are using clandestine meth labs they have set up in the Philippines and Malaysia to supply Australian and South-East Asian drug users.

Burly men in black, driving expensive cars, greet Chinese mob boss Cheng Youze on release from prison

29 May, 2016

  • More than a hundred men, dressed in black, along with six Hummers, 20 Range Rovers and 30 Mercedes Benz sedans were spotted outside a heavily-guarded prison in northern China last week as notorious crime lord Cheng Youze was released, mainland media reports. The men gathered outside the prison gate, where they set off firecrackers before holding a big feast at a five-star hotel in Jincheng, Shanxi province, news outlet reported The mob boss’s liberty was short-lived, however, as he detained days later for “causing social chaos”.

Cambodia arrests man wanted over grisly murder of Spaniard in Bangkok

Feb 8, 2016

  • The prime suspect in the grisly murder and dismemberment of a Spanish national in Bangkok has been arrested in Cambodia, police said Monday. Multiple body parts belonging to businessman David Bernat were found floating in Bangkok’s Chao Praya river last month. Police believe he was kidnapped and murdered for financial reasons, with investigators saying they have traced more than $1 million moved from the victim’s bank account after his death. Investigators initially struggled to identify the victim. Last week, police said they believed the man was of Asian origin and suggested that Chinese triads might have been involved because of the method chosen to dispose of the body.

Papua New Guinea warned of Asian gangs sponsoring candidates

December 27, 2015

  • In an hour-long videotaped confession, William Kapris told police he was a bagman for a network of Asian crime gangs and senior government ministers who planned and funded his robberies. Kapris, who is facing trial for a series of bank robberies and a jail escape, alleged Asian syndicates are linked to most PNG government institutions and agencies and use PNG’s infamous ”rascals” for crimes. He alleged Asian gangs are funding political candidates for PNG’s next elections in 2012.

Chinese Billionaire and Clinton Donor Arrested in U.N. Bribery Scheme


  • One name the Clintons cannot be happy to see back in the news is Ng Lap Seng. Ng being the mega-rich Chinese national who used a proxy to pour more than $1 million into the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton-Gore campaign back in 1996. Scandal was joined by embarrassment when it turned out that Ng had been favored with 10 visits to the White House, including an elevator ride with Hillary Clinton.

Police make 19,000 triad arrests in Hong Kong, Macau and Guangdong

24 September 2015

  • Nineteen thousand suspects have been arrested in a drive against organised-crime in China, state media said. A three-month operation led to the arrests in Hong Kong, Macau and Guangdong province. Police said triad gangs were increasingly expanding into mainland China. The crimes involved include drug dealing, gambling and prostitution. Triads are transnational crime groups, often based in Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, but operating globally.

Bamboo Gang, Heavenly Way Alliance, and the Four Seas Gang: The World of Taiwan’s Triads

July 10, 2015

  • On April 26, 2010, the funeral service of Li Zhaoxiong (李照雄), the former boss of the Big Lake Gang, was held in Taichung City. It was attended by 20,000 people.Among them were triad members from Taiwan as well as neighbouring Japan, Hong Kong, Macau, Malaysia and Thailand. But there were also high-ranking Taiwanese politicians. The list of prominent guests included Legislative Speaker Wang Jinping, Chiayi County Commissioner Zhang Huakuan, Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Yu Tian, and Taichung City mayor Jason Hu. Sitting side by side, politicians and mobsters mourned a man who had risen from rags to riches through illegal activities.

Sheldon Adelson’s ties to alleged Chinese crime boss under scrutiny after new testimony

09 May 2015

  • Casino magnate’s trial remarks raised more questions than they answered about Las Vegas Sands’ connection with an alleged organised crime leader in China Sheldon Adelson, the multibillionaire casino magnate and key Republican party donor, spent four combative days in a Las Vegas court this week defending his gambling empire from accusations of bribery and ties to organized crime.

Illegal immigrant convicted for drug offences sneaks into Britain THREE times

Mar 24, 2015

  • Vietnamese Quoc Ta has been arrested for different crimes months after each arrival and was most recently found by police on a train with a kilo of cannabis he planned to sell. After the case, Derbyshire Police’s drugs expert, Steve Holme, said Far Eastern criminals started producing cannabis on a commercial scale in Canada many years ago, before deciding to move into the UK around 10 years ago. He said Vietnamese men would often work for Chinese triad gangs.

The White Devil Kingpin

February 18, 2015

  • Early one morning in Dorchester, Massachusetts, John Willis Junior gently lifted his girlfriend’s daughter, Mai Linn, from her sleep. Willis, a burly 39-year-old with close cropped gray hair and bright blue eyes, had been away in Florida and come back to celebrate her ninth birthday that weekend. His beautiful Vietnamese-American girlfriend, Anh Nguyen, suggested they bring Mai Linn to bed with them so she could wake up and see his face first thing. Sundays were Asian nights at the bar, and Willis was impressed by all the sharp-dressed young guys with spiky hair and brick-sized cell phones, along with their fashionable girlfriends. “They’re gangsters,” his boss warned him, “whatever happens, stay out of their business.” But one night when Willis saw a guy whom he says looked liked “a Chinese Rod Stewart” get maced by a big Korean, Willis punched the attacker and pulled the victim away, rushing him back to the bathroom and flushing out his eyes. When Willis turned around, there were four of the guy’s friends staring him down suspiciously. For all they knew, Willis had attacked their buddy. But just as they were about to retaliate against Willis, the man barked at them in Chinese. On his way out, the young gangster, Vapeng Joe, or John Joe for short, handed Willis a card. “Here’s my number,” he said, “if you ever need something, call me.”

Triad crime gangs have ‘infiltrated government of resource-rich Shanxi’

12 January, 2015

  • Organised crime has infiltrated government agencies to collude with corrupt officials in the coal-rich province of Shanxi, one of the main targets of the central government’s extensive anti-corruption drive, according to the respected business magazine, Caijing. A lengthy report documented how triad societies has boomed in the province in recent decades with the help of corrupt officials. And it explained how investigations into 14 major triad crimes in the province since 2006 had gone nowhere as triad members infiltrated government agencies and the police to frustrate investigations and collection of evidence.

Directors join forces for film based on real Asian-American gang

08 December, 2014

  • Founded in Queens, New York, in the mould of established gangs in lower Manhattan’s Chinatown, the “Green Dragons” comprised of third-class citizens who were either in their teens or early 20s. When nine Green Dragons members – whose ages ranged from 18 to 23 – were eventually put on trial in early 1992, their murder-and-racketeering case was largely ignored by the mainstream media in favour of that of the mafia boss John Gotti, which was taking place in the same federal courthouse in Brooklyn Heights.

HK triads ‘patriotic’ to China: ex-triad leader


  • A former Hong Kong mafia boss and actor said that the triads in the former British colony are now very “patriotic” (to China). Michael Chan’s remarks were widely cited by Hong Kong website users as the reason for the triads’ involvement in opposing the just concluded “Occupy Central” democracy movement. “Now Hong Kong’s triads are patriotic and obey the orders of the state … there will be no way to survive if you choose to confront the state,” he said.

Triad gang member ordered rival’s attack from Shenzhen, court hears

29 November, 2014

  • A triad “big brother” allegedly instructed – from across the border – a group of followers to attack another “big brother” in broad daylight, the Court of First Instance heard yesterday. “The important point in this case is that it is not alleged that [Lau] was one of the two men who attacked Tse Chi-shing,” Dunn said. “In fact, [Lau] was nowhere near the scene of the crime in Fanling. He was in Shenzhen, just over the border.”

Triads infiltrated camps of Occupy supporters and detractors, say police

13 October, 2014

  • Up to 200 gangsters from two major triads across the city were mobilised to infiltrate the camps of supporters and detractors of the Occupy protests during chaos in Mong Kok more than a week ago, police said.

Hong Kong protesters beaten and bloodied as thugs attack sit-in

4 October 2014

  • Thugs punched and kicked pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong on Friday night, drawing blood as they tore down demonstrators’ tents and attempted to force them out. The veteran democracy activist Martin Lee and Occupy Central leader, Benny Tai, blamed triads for the violence in Mong Kok, a densely populated area also popular with shoppers. The area is known for its gang presence.

Triad surveillance stepped up after chopping attack on gangland boss

13 August, 2014

  • Police have stepped up surveillance on a notorious triad amid fears of revenge attacks after a brazen chopper assault on an alleged gangland boss last week.

What Has Happened to Hong Kong’s Triads?

Feb. 28, 2014

  • A “classic triad hit” on a former newspaper editor reminds people that the fearsome organized crime gangs are still around, but in different forms. Triads, as the local organized crime gangs are known, have become invisible to the point of almost being forgotten. Murder rates have dwindled, even though infrequent inter-triad assaults still occur. Recent raids in Hong Kong, Macau and Guangdong province have resulted in over 1,800 arrests. Still, the loose networks of Sun Yee On, 14K, Wo Shing Wo and other less significant gangs are believed to have tens of thousands of members to this day, quietly running prostitution, gambling and drug rackets as well as more conventional businesses. “The power of the triads is less obvious now than before the handover [of Hong Kong to China],” says Sharon Kwok, a sociologist focusing on triad research at City University of Hong Kong. “People don’t walk up to you and say that they’re a member of 14K and ask you for money. Many triads have gone into more legitimate businesses. The expected exodus of triads never happened, their networks just changed shape.”

Taiwanese gangsters The White Wolf

Sep 3rd 2014

  • BESPECTACLED and dressed modestly in a dark Chinese suit, Chang An-lo’s manner is erudite. On August 29th he addressed the Taiwan Foreign Correspondent’s Club. It is hard to believe he was once one of Taiwan’s most feared triad leaders, or that he was incarcerated in a maximum-security American penitentiary for ten years on drug-trafficking charges. In Taiwan he goes by the name of the “White Wolf”. For decades the relationship between Taiwanese politics and organised crime was close and murky. Chinese triads accompanied Chiang Kai-shek and his Kuomintang (KMT) troops when they fled to Taiwan in 1949 after losing the Chinese Civil War. Just two decades ago gangsters pervaded Taiwan’s young democratic institutions: the head of parliament’s judicial committee was widely believed to be a triad. The island worked hard to clean up its politics and, for the past decade, gangsterism receded.

Chinese Nationals With Alleged Mafia Ties Get Arrested for World Cup Betting Ring in Las Vegas

July 14, 2014

  • Remember the crew that had their $645 million World Cup gambling ring busted in Macau last month? They allegedly took their talents to Las Vegas. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the FBI arrested eight Chinese nationals, including poker player Paul Phua, who authorities say set up shop at Caesars Palace and took wagers on the soccer tournament. Per the report: In a criminal complaint unsealed Monday, Las Vegas FBI Agent Minh Pham said Phua, who was charged under the name Wei Seng Phua, was “known by law enforcement to be a high-ranking member of the 14K Triad,” one of the largest criminal syndicates in the world. Hong Kong-based 14K Triad specializes in drug trafficking and traditional forms of criminal activity, including illegal gambling and loan sharking.

Tiananmen Massacre 25th anniversary: how Chinese triads enabled the Great Escape

18 May 2014

  • Brother Six had the fastest speedboats in Hong Kong, rigged with four outboard engines to outrun the police on both sides of the border. He knew the best smuggling routes around the islands and waterways of the Pearl River Delta and had a team of sworn “brothers” ready to die for him. What followed was a series of incredible escapes engineered by political activists, triads like Brother Six and Western diplomats that spirited at least 150 people out of China under the noses of the authorities, first to Hong Kong, then a British territory, and then onwards to France and the United States.

Mexican cartel smuggling cocaine into Hong Kong amid booming demand for drugs

02 February, 2014

  • One of the world’s largest and most notorious drug cartels is targeting Hong Kong as it seeks to expand its operations into lucrative new markets, the Sunday Morning Post has learned. Already a key supplier of illicit narcotics to many Western countries, Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel is diversifying its business by taking advantage of the booming demand for cocaine and methamphetamines in the Asia-Pacific region. Hong Kong’s triads have long been key players in the Philippine drug trade and police there now fear an “unholy alliance” between the Mexican and Chinese drug syndicates.

‘Severe blow to triads’ as 300 suspects are arrested in gang-busting operation

21 April, 2014

  • More than 300 people have been arrested and millions of dollars worth of illicit goods, ranging from illegal drugs to pornographic CDs, have been seized in a month-long city-wide operation against triads, police revealed today. The arrests included 56 suspected triad members, one of whom is a 15-year-old Form 3 student who claimed to be a triad member, according to Chief Superintendent Eddie Ma Chi-kin, head of the force’s elite Organised Crime and Triad Bureau.

Triad Gangster ‘Shrimp Boy’ Chow Accused of Bribing US Senator

March 29, 2014

  • A Chinese triad gangster appeared in court in San Francisco on Friday accused of bribing a US senator to secure official favours and ease an arms deal. Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow, who investigators say is the dragonhead, or chief, of one of North America’s largest Asian gangs, allegedly contributed thousands to the campaign fund of Leland Yee, as the senator prepared to run for California secretary of state.

Hong Kong triads supply meth ingredients to Mexican drug cartels

12 January, 2014

  • Two Hong Kong triads have linked up with one of Latin America’s largest and most notorious drug cartels to supply the burgeoning global market for methamphetamine, the Sunday Morning Post has learned. Members of the 14K and Sun Yee On triads are supplying Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel with the raw materials needed to produce methamphetamine, or “crystal meth”, as demand skyrockets. The connection emerged a week after one of the biggest drug busts in recent years saw a massive methamphetamine production racket closed down in the eastern Guangdong city of Lufeng. China is one of the world’s biggest producers of methamphetamine, also known as Ice, and of its precursor chemicals. Hong Kong triads have long been significant players in the regional narcotics trade, but recent developments suggest they are seeking to build networks further afield. Ties between Hong Kong triads and the Sinaloa cartel were also outlined in a report by the Mexican attorney general’s office last year. According to the report, the 14K and Sun Yee On supply the cartel with precursor chemicals such as ethyl phenylacetate and ephedrine for the manufacture of meth for the insatiable American market.

Concerns Over Asian Triads Entering Costa Rica

September 15, 2013

  • The cold-blooded murder of an Asian man in Downtown San Jose is renewing fears that Chinese Triads and other Asian organized crime groups might be increasing their presence in Costa Rica. The execution of Mr. Huanglee conforms to the work of a hitman under the employ of an Asian Triad. In recent years, the National Commission for the Improvement of Judicial Administration (Spanish acronym: CONAMAJ) has been tracking reports of criminal activity by Asian organized crime groups in Costa Rica. These reports include the kidnapping of a fisherman in Limon over an alleged drug debt. The ransom demand in this case was consistent with Asian Triad custom: Deliver the money or body parts will be cut.

Chinatown’s ‘White Devil John’ Sentenced To 20 Years

August 16, 2013

  • The conviction this week of mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger put an end to one of Boston’s highest-profile crime sagas. Less well-known, though, is the case of John Willis, a white man from Dorchester, Mass., who was sentenced in federal court on Thursday to 20 years in prison for drug trafficking and money laundering. Willis masterminded an organized crime group that distributed and sold hundreds of thousands of oxycodone pills, according to prosecutors.

Two held over HK$28m money-lending racket

06 April, 2013

  • Police have arrested two people they suspect were key players in a loan and money laundering racket that handled more than HK$28 million over the past five years.

Gang member gunned down

November 5, 2007

  • A man associated with the notorious Big Circle Boys has been gunned down in front of his mansion in Vancouver’s Shaughnessy.

Big Circle Boys born of Red Guards: Drugs, loansharking among Asian gang’s specialities

June 10, 2005

  • The Big Circle Boys, or Dai Huen Jai, has its origins in the Red Guards, the paramilitary troops of the Chinese Cultural Revolution who terrorized intellectuals and the upper class. Big Circle Boys are extremely mobile, having a national network in major cities in Canada and the U.S. They are difficult to detect because they work in small cells, which are next to impossible to infiltrate.

Bounty of HK$10m still to be collected

05 April, 2013

  • The second-largest reward, HK$800,000, is for information leading to the arrests of four Wo Shing Wo triad members wanted over the death of Lee Tai-lung, head of the Tsim Sha Tsui faction of the Sun Yee On triad. Lee, 41, was rammed by a car outside the Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui in August 2009 before being hacked to death.

Belfast court hears triads ‘posted £1m drug money’

10 April 2013

  • A Chinese triad gang may have used the postal system to launder and transfer up to £1m in drugs money, a court has heard. “Given the organised and apparently triad nature of the charges and the sheer scale of the illegality that there is in this case, there is a high risk of further offending,” he said.

Lai Tong Sang, Canadian Asian Triads Called ‘Blight On Society’


  • A former Canadian visa officer also testified that police in China claimed Lai contracted hits on three gang rivals — two of which were successful. Tentacles of groups such as the Lotus Gang, the Big Circle Boys, 14K and Shui-Fung reach into Vancouver and Toronto, he testified. “Most of the triads that we have encountered in Canada have an origin in Hong Kong but they operate independently in Canada,” Fisher said.

Asian drug links reach south with meth deals

19 July, 2012

  • For police, it’s the money in the Asian crime that has stunned us,’ Cahill said. ‘Young guys driving around in NZ$100,000 (HK$564,000) cars, 18- to 22-year-olds with NZ$20,000 cash in their pockets. An apartment with NZ$1 million in it. That sort of money.’ 14K, Sun Yee On, Water Room (aka. Wo On Lok) and Big Circle Boys (Dai Huen Jai) all have a presence in New Zealand working with their most powerful gangs like Headhunters and Hells Angels. Commodity is power, the Asian gangs have the commidity so they have control. New Zealand Police say 14K is the most powerful Asian crime group in the country. There is enough business to go around, the criminals are working together and not fight over territory or drawing attention through violence.

‘Asian Assassins’ not a major crime group, expert says

Apr 4, 2013

  • “These ‘Asian Assassins’ aren’t a big crew, have never been,” said Chuttleburgh. “This is not a gang that I would say is on the top 10 of the police blotter. Chuttleburgh said groups like the Assassins have connections to more established crime groups, such as the Triads, who recruit them to perform street-level work, including drug distribution.

Toronto Yorkdale mall killing likely gang-related ‘ambush’

Apr 3, 2013

  • Two known street gang members went shopping before they were ambushed outside an upscale Toronto mall over the Easter weekend, leaving one man dead and another injured, police say. Toronto police Det. Rob North told reporters Wednesday that investigators allege the two men who were shot outside the Yorkdale Shopping Centre on Saturday night were both “known members” of a street gang dubbed the “Asian Assassins.” A post-mortem has determined that Nguyen died of “multiple gunshot wounds,” North said.

Twice Burned

Jun 14 2000

  • A Hong Kong mob’s attempted takeover of Chinatown went up in flames when a gang arsonist snitched. Now Peter Chong, the mob’s alleged U.S. leader, is in custody and feeling the heat. Together, Chow and Chong were rumored to be trying to unite triads under the umbrella of a global empire to be called the Tien Ha Wui, or “Whole Earth Association.” As it grew, their Wo Hop To employed a level of sophistication FBI agents have compared to the mafia.

Enter the Dragon Head

Aug 1 2007

  • Raymond Chow ducked the instant rival gang members opened fire. But he suspects he survived the Golden Dragon Massacre, a shooting at a Chinatown restaurant that left five dead and about a dozen people injured, because of seating preference. He and his fellow gang members always sat in the corner. The infamous 1977 massacre was not Chow’s first shootout, and it certainly wasn’t his last. “Pretty much every street in Chinatown I have been [in a] shoot out, I have had a gun battle from the past,” Chow said, walking along Waverly Place on a recent sunny afternoon. For him, it all comes back to this narrow street that dead-ends at the old Golden Dragon, which has since been renamed Imperial Palace Restaurant. “All that pretty much started in this alley,” he said, pointing out various shootout locations from his past.

Undercover with the Triads: How covert police officer busted Wo Shing Wo gang

30 March, 2013

  • A police agent went undercover as a gangster for nine months to help bust two factions of the Wo Shing Wo triad and arrest 63 people, police said. An initial investigation indicated both factions were active in Kwai Chung and Tsim Sha Tsui, police said. The Kwai Chung gang was understood to have recruited youngsters to push illegal drugs and extend its influence in recent months.

Shenzhen, HK cops bust triad banquet


  • A massive police raid on a Shenzhen restaurant has resulted in the detention of 160 members of a Hong Kong triad who were attending a celebration that was disguised as a wedding, local police announced on Friday. Shenzhen police said over the weekend they detained members of Hong Kong’s biggest organized crime syndicate called the Wo Shing Wo, adding that they have been closely monitoring the activity of the gang members in Shenzhen.

Notorious Macau gangster released from prison


  • The notorious Macau crime boss known as Broken Tooth Koi, who was released from prison Saturday after serving nearly 15 years, will hardly recognize the city he terrorized in the late 1990s with a brutal gangland war. Wan Kuok-koi was convicted of loan sharking, money laundering and being a gang leader in November 1999, a month before Portugal handed control of Macau, its colony for more than four centuries, back to Beijing and long before the sleepy enclave welcomed international operators to build the modern resorts that have made it a gambling mecca.

Gang war fears see Macau police detain 150, Hong Kong arrest 130

Aug 6, 2012

  • Police detained more than 150 people in weekend raids on casinos and hotels in Macau after a recent spate of killings raised fears of a new gang war in the world’s largest gambling destination. In Hong Kong, police raided 21 locations on August 2 as part of the joint operation and arrested 130 people on suspicion of various crimes including money laundering involving HK$300 million, illegal gambling and prostitution. Police also seized cash, watches and cars worth more than HK$11 million.

Living on the mean streets


  • Due to crackdowns, local triads are pushing north. HK Triads would only consider themselves very unlucky if they got busted by mainland law enforcement agencies. There are some 3000 active HK Triad members on the mainland, particularly Guangdong. At the same time, no noticeable decline of Triad activity in HK. The biggest HK Triads (Sun Yee On, 14K, Wo Shing Wo) are active in Shenzhen, Dongguan and Huizhou. The Triads know how to play the game in a ‘foreign’ land and not invite suspicion unless cornered by rivals. HK Triads spread to Macao where they manage VIP rooms in casinos. Active groups would be 14K, Wo Shing Wo, Wo On Lok and Wo Shing Yee.

Triads tighten grip on Russia’s far east

September 2003

  • As Chinese Triads in Vladivostok take over the reins of organised crime from Russian groups, Bertil Lintner examines the changing face of Russia’s far east. Organised crime has always been a problem in Vladivostok and Russia’s far east, but the last few years have seen a dramatic increase in the number of Chinese Triad groups operating in the region. Chinese gangs control many of the casinos in the region (there are more than a dozen gaming establishments in the Vladivostok area), many Chinese restaurants, and even some Russian hotels and eateries. Many small-time Russian gangsters now work for the Chinese syndicates, either as contacts for local business deals or as security guards at the casinos. The nature of the relationship between local Russian criminals and the Chinese crime bosses is not clear, but it seems that the Chinese are far better organised, and therefore have the upper hand.