Spate of gun busts in pre-election crime sweep sees more than 50 firearms confiscated

Police arrested a man in Taichung City yesterday found to be in possession of a Beretta pistol loaded with dumdum bullets, and a revolving shotgun, in the latest of a series of raids that has seen 56 firearms confiscated, and dozens of people arrested. Police officers from Taoyuan City’s Pingzhen Branch had long been attempting to track a 50-year-old man named Zheng, who was suspected of being part of a gun trading syndicate. Zheng was of no fixed abode and

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Elderly woman beaten up not related to hospital board election: suspect says

The 75-year-old wife of a deputy director of a hospital in Kaohsiung City was beaten up by a thug last Friday, but the incident was not related to a hospital board election she was about to attend, a suspect told police after his arrest, Tuesday, June 4. At around 8:00am, Friday, May 31, Kaohsiung City police received a report from eyewitnesses that an elderly woman had been beaten up by a man dressed in black in a carpark in Lingya

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Hundreds of gang members arrested in law and order sweep

In response to a spate of street brawls, and in order to prevent interference in next year’s presidential election, the National Police Agency, in coordination with the Taiwan High Prosecutor’s Office, conducted five days of raids nationwide, arresting 397 people, this week. Many of the arrested are members of Taiwan’s two largest criminal organizations – The Bamboo Union, and Heavenly Way Alliance. Police confiscated guns, ammunition, weapons, and drugs, and seized cash and assets valued at almost NT$100 million. A

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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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Car Crushed by Excavator burns in case of Spontaneous Combustion

A car that was crushed by an excavator during a dispute at a construction site in Tainan City the other day, was destroyed by fire last night in what police say was a case of spontaneous combustion. At around 1:40pm, Tuesday afternoon, October 9, a group of men believed to be associated with a waste soil dumping business parked three cars, blocking the entrance to the construction site on Wenping Road in Anping District. A 25 year-old man named Chen

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Shots Fired in Taipei City Two Times in One Night

Police in Taipei City are investigating two incidents where shots were fired in Taipei City last night, and seven suspects have been taken in for questioning. At around 11:00pm last night one shot was fired in an alley off Anhe Road, then at around 3:00am, 20 people armed with sticks and bats clamored in the car park of the Mortuary Service Office Second Funeral Parlor on Xinhai Road. More than ten shots were fired, at least one of which hit

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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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Huge Firearms Cache Intercepted Ahead of Municipal Elections

More than 100 guns were intercepted by customs police at the Port of Keelung, April 29, and 6 suspects were arrested last night in Sanxia District of New Taipei City, as police continue a crackdown on organized crime groups ahead of municipal elections to be held in November this year. The cache of 109 firearms was found in a shipping container of injection molding machines sent from Hong Kong. The cache included 102 handguns, 5 assault rifles, a sub-machine gun,

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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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