Tse Chi Lop
Tse Chi Lop
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|Born||1963 (age 57–58)|
|Net worth||$17 Billion|
Tse Chi Lop is the alleged Chinese-Canadian kingpin behind Asia-Pacific based international crime supersyndicate, Sam Gor, also reffered to as "The Company", and former member of the Hong Kong, Toronto and Vancouver-based triad crime group, the Big Circle Gang. The Sam Gor syndicate generates billions of dollars each year from the trade in methamphetamine and other synthetic drugs, leading authorities to assert Tse as a bigger player in the global drug trade than Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, and possibly even Colombian cartel leader Pablo Escobar. Sam Gor is said to be largely responsible for transnational organized crime's dramatic shift in recent years away from drugs such as heroin and towards synthetics such as methamphetamine, ketamine and fentanyl.
Born in Guangzhou, China, Tse immigrated to Canada in 1988 where, shortly after, he was convicted of transporting heroin into the United States, serving nine years in prison. Following his release, Tse was able to rise to power in a few short years. He has effectively maintained his anonymity and enjoyed life in Hong Kong and Macau unscathed. Sam Gor is made up of five different triads: the 14K Triad, Wo Shing Wo, Sun Yee On, Big Circle Gang and Bamboo Union. The group is associated with many other local crime groups such as the Yakuza in Japan and the Comanchero Motorcycle Club and Lebanese and other mafias in Australia, and is responsible for what is thought to be the biggest drug-trafficking operation in Asia's history.
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