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San Francisco underworld gang leader ‘Shrimp Boy’ gets life in jail

Published On: 09-27-2016 in Category: Drug Abuse

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The United States has been making consistent efforts to take a more comprehensive approach toward tackling the drug trafficking problem. California being no exception to it, as it reels from serious drug problem. The state, which has witnessed numerous drug rivalries, is leaving no stone unturned in ensuring that those involved in the crime are punished appropriately.

The U.S. District Court Judge for the Northern District of California, Charles Breyer, recently awarded two life in jail terms to San Francisco Chinatown gang leader Raymond Chow, 56, notorious as “Shrimp Boy,” for his involvement in various criminal activities, including drug trafficking, money laundering, murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

Chow, who was arrested in March 2014 after a five-year investigation, was found guilty of murder and other racketeering charges in August 2016. The probe had also led to the arrest of state senator Leland Yee, a gun control advocate who was found guilty of accepting a huge sum of money as bribe and helping an FBI agent purchase firearm from the Philippines.

The whole operation was part of a well-planned crime investigation by federal agents to uncover the underworld kingpin Chow, who killed a rival in 2006. He then took over a Chinese fraternal group that was primarily engaged in illegal businesses, such as money laundering, drug trafficking and sale of stolen cigarettes and leading brands of alcohol.

During the investigation, Chow was found to accept huge amounts of money in lieu of settling certain criminal activities, said the FBI agent. However, Chow denied all these charges, saying that the money given by the agent was not in favor of setting up crimes but was a token of respect shown by the agent.

Chow claimed that he had given up his criminal ways and had transformed into a reformed gangster who ran an escort service that catered to troubled young people, but Judge Breyer said that he was “highly manipulative.”

“This is a man who is a parasite. He lived off of this organization and other people’s criminal activities,” said the prosecutor. However, Chow kept on saying that the judge was biased in his dealings and that lead prosecutor William Frentzen was lying. He also accused a former defense attorney of falling asleep while the court proceedings were going on.

Dramatic rise in illegal drug trade globally

Drug trafficking is a global threat that has taken the entire world by storm. The illicit trade usually involves production, sale and distribution of illegal substances. In the wake of the global drug policy, the World Drug Report 2016 focused on the key developments taking place in the global drug markets, routes accessed by drug traffickers, as well as health impact of drug abuse.

As per the report, nearly 250 million people aged 15-64 years resorted to drug use in 2014, indicating that for the first time in six years, there has been a disproportionate rise in the number of people suffering from drug use disorders.

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