Thugs Arrested in Tainan City ahead of Municipal Elections

Police in Annan District, Tainan City, arrested 7 men known for violence and intimidation, while police in Yongkang District arrested members of the Bamboo Union Gang, as a pre-election sweep against organized crime continues ahead of this month’s nation-wide municipal elections. Police described the Annan District group as a “headless dragon” after the gang’s leader, named Chen, was shot down and killed by a debtor being threatened by him in May this year. According to a Liberty Times report, the

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Smuggled Firearms Traced to Bamboo Union Gang: More Arrests Today

[Picture: Criminal Investigation Bureau.] Two suspects involved in the smuggling of 109 guns and more than 12,000 rounds of ammunition intercepted at Keelung Harbor last month were arrested today in Chiayi City, after investigators traced the shipment to a branch of the Bamboo Union gang. Customs officers found the cache of weapons April 29, in a shipment of plastic extrusion machines shipped to the Port of Keelung from Hong Kong. Police and customs officers kept the shipment under surveillance until

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Thugs Arrested After Kidnapping Taxi Driver in Broad Daylight

A taxi driver was kidnapped at gunpoint in Banciao District by thugs who tortured him with electric shocks, and punched him up before making off with NT$6,000. The incident happened December 11, but was only reported in Taiwan’s Chinese language news media today. At around noon Monday, a 44 year-old taxi driver named Liao arranged to meet a woman named Lin to pay for ‘overtime services’ owed after Liao had hired Lin to accompany him at a KTV the previous

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Gun Busts in Taipei and Kaohsiung Turn up “Rare Weapons”

Police in Taipei and Kaohsiung reported busting criminal firearms operations in separate and unrelated cases today. In both cases weapons described as rare were found, including modern sub machine guns and a WWII pistol. In Taipei City criminal investigation division police from Beitou Police Bureau raided a betel nut stand operating as a front for firearms dealing by members of the Bamboo Union gang. The raid, which occurred last night, was the culmination of an investigation spanning several months. Police

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Gang-member Arrested after Sub-machine Gun Burst

A member of the Bamboo Union, the biggest triad in Taiwan, was arrested today, after firing a burst from a sub-machine gun into the air outside a community facing the National Palace Museum, in Taipei City. The incident happened at around 3:00am, yesterday, October 21. The man claimed he was in a bad mood, and was just making a passing salute. The community he made the “salute” to is a well-known enclave of Taiwan’s native elite, including wealthy business people,

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