Arrest 10 in Asian Crime Mob; Link it to Henry Liu Murder
NEW YORK (AP) _ Federal agents infiltrated a Taiwan-based organized crime group called ″United Bamboo″ and arrested 10 people Monday on racketeering charges, including the murder of Chinese-American journalist Henry Liu, authorities said.
The arrests were made in New York, Houston and Los Angeles, U.S. Attorney Rudolph Giuliani said at a news conference.
Liu was killed Oct. 15, 1984, in Daly City, Calif. Opponents of the Taiwanese government have claimed he was killed at its behest.
United Bamboo ″has its origins in Taiwan but there is no indication″ it is linked to the Taiwan government, said John L. Hogan, assistant director of the FBI’s New York office.
Hogan described United Bamboo as a new group in the United States with 15,000 members worldwide.
The arrests ″should slow them down for some time,″ Hogan said.
Chen Chi Li, the alleged world leader of United Bamboo, was incarcerated previously in Taiwan in connection with the Liu murder, federal officials said.
In one of three separate criminal complaints filed Monday, officials said United Bamboo was a union of several smaller groups known as ″tongs,″ which engaged ″in various criminal activities,″ including narcotics trafficking, gambling and murder threats.
Hogan described United Bamboo as a group that would ″use any type of violence to get a piece of the action in the United States.″
During the news conference, FBI agents displayed several weapons that had been seized, including a submachine gun, an assault rifle and several large caliber pistols and revolvers.
″If you got in their way they’d shoot you,″ said Hogan.
Five people were arrested in New York, four in Houston and one in Los Angeles. They included several top United Bamboo leaders in this country, Hogan said.
In all, 13 individuals were in custody in the United States, officials said, including Chang An-Lo, 37, the alleged leader of United Bamboo in this country, was in custody in Monterey, Calif., on a previous kidnapping charge, Giuliani said.
Between April and September 1985, three New York police officers and two FBI agents were able to infiltrate the United Bamboo, which included an induction ceremony that required a blood oath, said Hogan.
In one of the criminal complaints, nine people were charged with violating the federal racketeering statute, Giuliani said. The complaint charges United Bamboo with being ″an alleged worldwide illegal enterprise″ involved in narcotics, murder-for-hire and kidnaping and extortion, said Giuliani.
Among the criminal acts allegedly committed by the enterprise was the murder of Liu, a conspiracy to import more than 600 pounds of heroin, possession of 150 pounds of marijuana and the attempted extortion of protection money from a ″future Las Vegas casino,″ Giuliani said. He did not identify the extortion target.
United Bamboo originated 28 years ago in Taiwan and the FBI became aware of its activities in this country ″about five to seven years ago,″ Hogan said.
Among those arrested in New York were Jack Ma, Tony Wong and Lam Tso, who all were charged with racketeering; and Pan Shih Min, who was charged with soliciting an undercover agent for a contract murder.
Arrested in Houston were Chen Chih-Yi, 34, alleged acting leader of United Bamboo in the United States, and Tien Yun Yang, both charged with racketeering; Amado Delgado Mares and Esteban Delgado Salazar, both charged with conspiracy to distribute marijuana.
Shaing Bao Jing, United Bamboo’s alleged No. 2 man in Los Angeles, was arrested there Monday and also charged with racketeering.
Tong Kuei Sen, identified as the alleged triggerman in the Liu slaying, remained at large, they said.
United Bamboo was primarilly an Asian group but dealt with other ethnic groups, Hogan said.