Arrest in Thailand of second drug kingpin tightens dragnet on huge syndicate

By Tom Allard, Panarat Thepgumpanat and Panu Wongcha-um BANGKOK (Reuters) – A second senior leader of a vast drug syndicate has been arrested, a Thai narcotics official said, as a transnational dragnet tightens on the Sam Gor group, which police say dominates the $70 billion annual Asia-Pacific drug trade. The October arrest of Hong Kong citizen Lee Chung Chak in Bangkok preceded last month’s high-profile arrest in the Netherlands of Tse Chi Lop, a China-born Canadian national who police suspect is the top leader of the syndicate, also called “The Company”. Lee, 65, is a former prison mate of …

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