China arrests over 51,000 transnational criminals in Hong Kong, Macau and Guangdong
Sept.24, Beijing: Over 51,000 people suspected of links to criminal triads were arrested in a major cross-border sting in Hong Kong, Macau and China’s Guangdong province, state media reported on Thursday. The clime involve include drug dealing, gambling and prostitution.
A three-month operation led to the arrests in Hong Kong, Macau and Guangdong province. Police said triad gangs were increasingly expanding into mainland China.
Triads are transnational crime groups, often based in Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, but operating globally.
According to media reports 4,343 people, 1,177 of them from mainland China, were arrested by police in Hong Kong, where more than 7,500 properties were searched. Illegal loans were also found to be a new source of income for the gangs, he said.
In Hong Kong, police seized $102m Hong Kong dollars ($13m; £8.5m) in cash, along with drugs, pirated DVDs, weapons and contraband cigarettes worth HK$67m.
More than 11,000 suspects were arrested In neighbouring Guangdong province and almost 4,000 people were picked up by police in Macau.
According to state media, the crime-sweep, part of a regular operation codenamed Thunderbolt 15, was reportedly the longest joint operation of its kind, and a model for increasing cross-border police cooperation in the future.
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