The Australian Federal Police (AFP) are trying to extradite an alleged leader of the Asian drug consortium compared to the Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who was arrested on a plane at Amsterdam’s Schipol Airport

Tse Chi Lop was arrested by the Dutch police on Friday local time at the request of AFP after an arrest warrant and an Interpol Red Diffusion application were issued for the Chinese-born Canadian citizen

Mr. Tse is one of the most wanted refugees in the world AFP claims its organization dominates the Asia-Pacific drug trade valued at $ 90 billion a year

The 57-year-old is wanted in Australia for his connection to Operation Volante, which dismantled a global crime syndicate operating in five countries

According to the AFP, 27 people were arrested in the 2013 AFP-led operation for importing and trading “significant amounts” of heroin and methamphetamine in Australia

The AFP said in a statement it would be working with Attorney General Christian Porter’s division to prepare a formal extradition request for Mr Tse

Dutch police spokesman Thomas Aling said Mr Tse is expected to be extradited after appearing before a judge, adding that his arrest at the airport was uneventful while trying to board a flight to Canada / p>

“He was already on the wanted list and was arrested based on the information received,” said Aling

The Dutch police were unable to provide details of the legal proceedings and it was not clear whether Mr Tse had a lawyer

Mr. Tse, a former convict who used to live in Toronto, has moved between Macau, Hong Kong and Taiwan in recent years This is evident from stunning officers from four countries and documents previously reviewed by Reuters

“Tse Chi Lop is in the league of El Chapo or maybe Pablo Escobar,” Jeremy Douglas, representative for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Southeast Asia and the Pacific, told Reuters in 2019, referring to it on two Latin America’s most notorious drug lords

The authorities also refer to the syndicate as Sam Gor – or Brother Number Three in Cantonese – after one of Mr Tse’s nicknames, Reuters reported at the time

Reuters was unable to contact Mr. Tse for the 2019 report referring to Mr. Tse as “Asia’s El Chapo”

According to documents cited by Reuters, the group has been “linked to or directly involved in at least 13 drug trafficking cases” as of January 2015

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