CIB snatches up more than 400 in nationwide crime sweep
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- A nationwide crime-sweep has rounded up more than 400 suspects, cracking down on 15 gangs taking part in extortion and other illegal activities, the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) said yesterday.
October 6, 2013, 12:08 am TWN
The operation, specifically targeting extortionists, rounded up 111 suspects from 15 criminal groups this week in connection with loan-sharking operations that used violence to force borrowers to repay debts, the CIB said.
Two of the groups were busted in Taipei, one of them belonging to the Four Seasons Gang, and the other the Celestial Way Gang.
In one case, Celestial Way extortionists are believed to have seized a vehicle from a car rental company following a debt dispute, the CIB said.
The boss of the Celestial Way extortionists was arrested at an airport on Oct. 3 when he returned from an overseas trip, the CIB said, adding that a search of the group's premises also uncovered over 3 kilograms of MDMA.
In Chiayi, police raided a pawn shop that acted as a front for loan-sharking and gambling operations, the CIB said. The chief of that operation is also accused of forcing one gang member to commit suicide after suspecting that he stole the boss's money, the CIB added.