Violent debt-collecting gang busted by Taiwan's criminal bureau

Violent debt-collecting gang busted by Taiwan's criminal bureau
Police arrange bags of seized ketamine at the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) during a press conference in Taipei on May 9, 2013.

TAIPEI, Taiwan - Police authorities in New Taipei City have recently arrested four members of a debt-collecting ring that was running underground gambling and drug-selling businesses in the Xindian area, the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIV) announced.

The gang, led by a chief suspect surnamed Kao, has been running underground gambling operations while selling narcotics at Xindian and Shenkeng districts of New Taipei for months, the CIB said.

Members of the group have been accused of resorting to violence to enforce debt collection.

Most of the victims did not report the gang to the police because they are drug-abusers.

The CIB received tips of the illicit activities of the gang in as early as 2014. Following months of investigations, New Taipei police and the CIB launched a raid recently to arrest the chief suspect and another three members of his gang.

The case is now being referred to the Taipei District Prosecutors Office.

The suspects are now facing charges of violent debt collection, intimidation, offences against personal liberty, and violations of the Organized Crime Prevention Act.

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