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CIB, police nab 11 Bamboo Union gangsters, seize criminal evidence

The Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB, 刑事警察局) and other police units Wednesday launched a crackdown on dens of a “defending team” of the Bamboo Union (竹聯幫), one of the major organized crime gangs in Taiwan, arresting 11 members allegedly involved in a spate of violent crimes. Police seized two pistols, seven bullets, two watermelon knives, 70 iron bars, banking promissory notes and account books, according a press release issued yesterday by the CIB.

With search and arrest warrants in hand, more than 50 police officers, including those of the No. 7 Division of the CIB, Taipei's Songshan Police Precinct and the Yilan Police Precinct, led by prosecutor Liu Wen-ting of the Taipei District Prosecutors' Office, raided 12 dens operated by the gang's defending team members. Raids were carried out in Zhongshan District and Shihlin District of Taipei and Xindian District of New Taipei, smoothly nabbing the 11 suspects and seizing evidence of criminal activity.

All 11 suspects will be prosecuted on charges of violating the Controlling Guns, Ammunition and Knives Act and the Anti-Organized Crimes Statute, and committing extortion, robbery and offenses against abandonment.

The CIB said that between March 2011 and August 2012, two gang members, surnamed Lee and Ho, allegedly instructed another nine members of their defending team to intimidate small contractors into lowering their engineering prices or see their offices destroyed, in order to rake in windfall profits from the difference between contract prices they won from construction firms and the engineering prices they paid to smaller contractors.

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