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Triad gangs in Trinidad?
n From Page A10
Meanwhile, former executive director
of the National Operations Centre (NOC)
Commander Garvin Heerah says law en-
forcement authorities must investigate
whether there is the existence of a Chinese
mafia or Triad gangs operating in T&T.
He was speaking in response to the vi-
olent crimes, killings and kidnappings,
perpetrated against several Chinese na-
Heerah, senior lecturer at School of Ac-
counting and Management (Anglia Ruskin
University, UK), said, "The recent visibly
disturbing rise of Chinese businesses and
enterprises is proof that there is a striving
economy, be it legit or illegitimate.
"The targeting of Chinese nationals
cannot be perceived to be a petty gang
activity or opportunistic crime only. There
are big players behind this who are con-
trolling the Chinese business industry.
"The Chinese Triads were a known
Chinese mafia syndicate for transnational
organised crime, specialising in racket-
eering, illegal gambling, prostitution,
extortion and kidnappings, narco and
arms trade, corruption of public officials,
import and export enterprises and pseudo
business establishments, where there was
a legitimate business establishment to the
front and a clandestine operation behind
false walls and hidden rooms.
"The Chinese Triads operated with a
strict code of conduct, if someone violated
this the result can be death, a manner of
death that will send a message and tear
at the heart of the innocent."
The regional security expert said the
authorities cannot deny there would be
extortion, robberies, kidnapping and pet-
ty crimes. T&T is in a crime-dominant
society and crime today is a business, so
criminals will always prey on the potential
targets, but there were major players in
the higher echelons of crime.
Heerah asked whether the Triads can
be existing here in Trinidad because of
the sudden rise in Asian businesses and
be utilising the "muscle" of the low-lev-
el gangster or criminal to carry out their
Heerah said law enforcement agen-
cies must understand they are dealing
with a transnational issue and therefore
they must firm up their approaches and
strategies from an international bearing,
inclusive of intense investigative work,
financial intelligence and overcoming the
He said the Triads were a very well-
oiled machine, parasitic and preyed on
the vulnerability of countries with weak
border control and questionable immi-
In countries with large Chinese pop-
ulations, a trademark of a Chinese Triad
execution in the old days was to dump the
naked body with the "offense" commit-
ted against the Triads written in large red
Chinese characters in a very public place.
n Continues on Page A12
n June 27: Businesswoman Yang Zeng, 33, robbed and shot dead in her
grocery in Santa Cruz.
n June 15: Businessman Shirui Zhao, 32, and Yanli Gu, 29, gunned down
in the car park of Kosume bar, New Haven Avenue, Marabella.
n June 13: Francis Lee Lon, 67, and his wife Sylvie, 77, robbed at their
Fourth Street, Barataria home by three men. The couple handed over cash
and jewelry valued at $13,530 and were tied up. They untied themselves
and alerted the police. The three bandits and getaway driver were held
and the stolen items recovered.
n November 2016: Restaurant owner Wei Hui Zhu, 31, of Soledad Road,
Claxton Bay, was robbed of $400,000 by three armed men dressed in
police tactical gear who entered his home. Six police officers were later
held for the robbery.
n June 2016: Rich Knights Huang, 22, was at his Bel Air, La Romaine, when
he was attacked by four masked men armed with a gun and a cutlass.
He was struck on the head by one of the bandits and a vault containing
$80,000 was stolen.
n February 2016: Xing Xia, 30, was shot in her right eye during an at-
tempted robbery at the family-owned CNA supermarket in New Grant.
Eight months later, there was a second robbery at the supermarket and
on this occasion three men were held.
n January 2016: La Horquetta businessman Chong Cao, 30, was gunned
down outside his restaurant off South Tumpuna Road, La Horquetta.
n April 2015: Hi Hong Huang, 35, was fatally shot outside his business,
Happiness Supermarket, off the Southern Main Road, Curepe, as he was
entering the premises from a panel van which he had parked with a sum of
money in a box. Four people, including two women, were held for the murder.
n October 2012: Xino Seu, 44, walked out of his business in Tacarigua
and was confronted by a man armed with a knife who demanded cash
There was a struggle and Xino was stabbed twice in the neck and had
to be hospitalised.
n October 2012: Chang Xia Oseng, 33, became the fourth Chinese person
to be murdered for 2012 when he was fatally shot inside his business the
Golden Girl Chinese Restaurant.
n September 2012: Three people were robbed by two thieves, one armed
with a gun, at Flourishing Supermarket at Cipero Road, Retrench Village,
San Fernando. Li Mei Xia, 31, was robbed of $1,500 cash; Ma Jing Shun,
43, was robbed of $2,900; and Wei Chao Hong, 43, was robbed of $3,500
worth of cigarettes.
n July 2012: Wu Xiu Hua, 60, was shot dead by a bandit at her business
place Tiger's Chinese Restaurant in Cunupia.
Her husband Yang Jiang Hua, also 60, was also shot in the incident and
died at hospital the following day. The family of the murder victims had
announced plans to return to China. The Chinese Embassy issued a state-
ment appealing to the government "to take all necessary measures to
ensure the safety of Chinese nationals and their properties in Trinidad
n January 2012: Yu Quan Ue, 22, was killed following an argument outside
Wing Hong Restaurant, in Chaguanas.
n April 2011: Happy Garden restaurant owner, Xue Hua Shan, 31, was
abducted a few metres from her Seventh Street, Barataria home. Eleven
days later, Anthony Chin, 61, was shot dead in front his restaurant, The China
Palace, Ellerslie Plaza, Maraval. At the time police had linked both cases.
Triad members display their elaborate tattoos.
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