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86 suspects nabbed in latest nationwide crime sweep: CIB

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Police have rounded up a total of 86 suspects, including the alleged leaders of nine criminal gangs, in the latest round of a nationwide crime sweep, the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB, 刑事警察局) said.

In a round of crackdowns launched at midnight on June 4 under the code name “Operation Chi Ping,” police around the nation nabbed nine gang bosses and 46 gang members, the CIB said.

As part of the islandwide sweep, police authorities raided 1,433 locations in different cities and counties and arrested 86 suspects in connection with various crimes, the CIB added.

The crackdowns were made in Taipei's Wanhua District, Kaohsiung city, and Hsihchu city, it noted.

The National Police Agency launched the actions to maintain law and order, as well as to prevent young people from falling victim to gangster activities during the upcoming summer break, the CIB said.

Most of the suspects were arrested under charges of violet debt collecting or other illicit activities that have threatened the livelihoods of ordinary citizens, the CIB said.

A total of 10 violent debt-collecting gangs were arrested in Kaohsiung, while another two criminal operation organizations were busted in Hsinchu.

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