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Boston Chinatown restaurant served as front for global money laundering scheme, DOJ says

A family-owned restaurant in Boston’s Chinatown allegedly served as the headquarters of international money laundering and transmitting schemes that reaped tens of millions of dollars in proceeds from drug trafficking and the resale of Apple products.

Eight individuals have been indicted for their alleged roles in the schemes which were partly run at China Gourmet, according to the Department of Justice (DOJ). Former spouses Shi Rong Zhang, 48, and Qiu Mei Zeng, 47, co-own the restaurant.

Right-hand man of ‘Asia’s El Chapo,’ 6th on Australia’s most wanted list, extradited from Thailand

Asian El Chapo right-hand man extradited
  • Chung Chak Lee, 66, known as the right-hand man of “Asia’s El Chapo,” was extradited to Melbourne, Australia, from Thailand on Saturday.
  • “The extradition of someone we allege to be high on the pecking order of this serious criminal syndicate is a significant milestone for the AFP," Australian Federal Police (AFP) Assistant Commissioner Krissy Barrett said. “It shows the AFP and its partners remain one step ahead in working tirelessly to keep our community safe."
  • Lee appeared before the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Saturday afternoon. He faced one count of conspiracy to traffic a commercial quantity of a controlled drug, which carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.
  • He was arrested inside his Bangkok apartment in 2020 and had spent 18 months in a Thai jail before his extradition.
  • The AFP believe Lee was acting as a top associate of Tse Chi Lop, also known as "Asia's El Chapo" and leader of The Company. Tse’s criminal ring was reportedly responsible for 70% of meth coming into Australia from Asia.
  • Lee, who operated from Hong Kong and Bangkok before his arrest, was accused of laundering millions in drug money through Crown Casino.

The right-hand man of “Asia’s El Chapo” has been extradited to Australia after spending over a year in a Thai prison following his arrest in 2020.

Working with the Royal Thai Police, the Australian Federal Police (AFP) extradited Chung Chak Lee, 66, to Melbourne on Saturday for his involvement in the $23 billion drug operation known as The Company.

Singapore defends their execution of mentally disabled Malaysian man caught with 1.5 ounces of heroin

Nagaenthran K. Dharmalingam
  • Singapore’s Central Narcotics Bureau and Attorney General’s Chambers issued separate statements defending the execution of the mentally disabled Malaysian man caught with 1.5 ounces of heroin in the country in 2009 following international criticism.
  • The bureau said Nagaenthran K. Dharmalingam’s actions were “a deliberate, purposeful and calculated decision,” and that he was “capable of manipulation and evasion.”
  • The Attorney General’s Chambers said Dharmalingam was given a fair trial and that he had “exhausted his rights of appeal and almost every other recourse under the law over some 11 years.”
  • Dharmalingam, 34, was arrested in April 2009 after he smuggled 42.72 grams (1.5 ounces) of heroin into Singapore.
  • Dharmalingam, who reportedly has an IQ of 69, was not fully capable of understanding his actions due to his intellectual disability, according to his lawyers.
  • Multiple appeals have been filed to overturn the execution, but the city government believes the death penalty to be a deterrent against drug trafficking.

Officials in Singapore defended the Wednesday execution of a mentally disabled Malaysian man who was caught with 1.5 ounces of heroin in the country in 2009 following multiple court appeals and international criticism.

Singapore’s Central Narcotics Bureau and Attorney General’s Chambers issued separate statements justifying the execution of Nagaenthran K. Dharmalingam, 34, on Wednesday.