Accused drug lord Tse Chi Lop: “Asia’s El Chapo” arrives in court in a military truck

Police are taking no chances with the suspected global meth baron who has been extradited to Melbourne, escorting him between court and jail in a military van straight out of a Mad Max movie.

Canadian Tse Chi Lop, indicted after decades of investigations into the organized crime syndicate known as The Company, is considered one of the most significant arrests in Australian Federal Police history.

Standing outside Melbourne Magistrates Court on Thursday, the 59-year-old arrived in the $930,000 heavily armored Mack van that the Victorian government had built to transport their most dangerous prisoners.

Defendant Tse Chi Lop appeared before Melbourne Magistrates' Court on Thursday, arriving in the $930,000 heavily armored Mack van that the Victorian government had built to transport their most dangerous prisoners

Defendant Tse Chi Lop appeared before Melbourne Magistrates' Court on Thursday, arriving in the $930,000 heavily armored Mack van that the Victorian government had built to transport their most dangerous prisoners

Defendant Tse Chi Lop appeared before Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, arriving in the $930,000 heavily armored Mack van that the Victorian government had built to transport their most dangerous prisoners

59-year-old Tse Chi Lop (pictured) is believed to be the head of Asia's massive Sam Gor cartel. He appeared in court in Melbourne on Thursday

59-year-old Tse Chi Lop (pictured) is believed to be the head of Asia's massive Sam Gor cartel. He appeared in court in Melbourne on Thursday

59-year-old Tse Chi Lop (pictured) is believed to be the head of Asia’s massive Sam Gor cartel. He appeared in court in Melbourne on Thursday

The Volvo-designed vehicle took five years to customize and features ballistic armor, internal cells, touchscreen technology to control a high-tech locking mechanism, and surveillance cameras.

Police allege that Tse Chi Lop was part of a conspiracy to traffic in methamphetamine or derivatives of the drug between March 2012 and March 2013 in a total amount of 20 kg.

He did not seek bail and was escorted from the court to the prison in an armored police vehicle.

A suspected drug lord named

A suspected drug lord named

A suspected drug lord named “Asia’s El Chapo” Tse Chi Lop (pictured) has been arrested in the Netherlands

The maximum penalty for conspiracy to traffic in commercial quantities of controlled drugs is life imprisonment.

The drugs have a street value of up to $4.4 million and were divided into separate lots, according to police.

The investigation involved the force’s transnational offshore disruption task force, Operation Gain, as well as its international network.

Tse was arrested by Dutch officers at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport on January 22 last year after AFP requested a “red notice” from Interpol for his provisional arrest.

He was extradited from the Netherlands to Australia on Thursday.

AFP Deputy Commissioner Krissy Barrett described the arrest as “extremely significant” not only for the force but also for the Australian community.

Tse Chi Lop flew into Melbourne Airport from the Netherlands on Thursday morning (pictured)

Tse Chi Lop flew into Melbourne Airport from the Netherlands on Thursday morning (pictured)

Tse Chi Lop flew into Melbourne Airport from the Netherlands on Thursday morning (pictured)

“It would be one of the most significant arrests in the history of the[troop],” she told reporters.

AFP also accused a Chinese-British dual citizen, 66-year-old Chung Chak Lee, in June this year of conspiring to traffic in commercial quantities of drugs.

It is alleged that the 66-year-old is Tse’s accomplice and the couple conspired with younger Australian members to transport drugs between Sydney and Melbourne.

Eight others were arrested over the matter, but Ms Barrett said it would be “foolish” to think all operations had shut down.

Police escorted him between court and jail in a military Mack carrier that looks straight out of a Mad Max movie

Police escorted him between court and jail in a military Mack carrier that looks straight out of a Mad Max movie

Police escorted him between court and jail in a military Mack carrier that looks straight out of a Mad Max movie

Victorian's military-grade

Victorian's military-grade

Victorian’s military-grade “Paddy Wagons,” priced at $930,000 each and fitted with bull bars and flashing lights, were unveiled in 2019

She said Tse’s arrest was particularly significant as suspected senior members of syndicates are usually “hands off” in their business dealings.

It is alleged the syndicate paid for the drugs by posing as an Australian casino and using their name illegally in a bank account.

“These transnational organized crime syndicates use multiple methods to launder their money,” Ms. Barrett said.

“It’s a big part of their business model to not only bring the drugs into the country, but also to be able to recycle the proceeds from those drugs so they can reinvest in future ventures.”

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