72 suspects caught in CIB’s latest wave of crackdowns

The China Post news staff

TAIPEI, Taiwan — The Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) yesterday announced that 72 suspects from 12 gangs were swept up by police in the bureau’s latest wave of a national crime stings.

The CIB said that this is the sixth crime sweep so far this year and policy agencies in New Taipei City, Yilan County, Tainan City, Kaohsiung City and Pingtung County have arrested members of 12 gangs suspected of committing a range of crimes.

The CIB said that New Taipei City police uncovered a member of the Bamboo Union Gang (竹聯幫) who established a violent loan-sharking network.

Yilan County police also cracked down on a loan-sharking network that assigned gang members to engage in violent debt-collection by threatening victims with knives and baseball bats.

Meanwhile, the CIB said that Tainan, Kaohsiung and Pingtung police have also arrested a number of gangs involved in drug dealing, theft and bullying. The arrested gang members are believed to belong to the Tiandaoming gang (天道盟), Bamboo Union (竹聯幫), Four Seas gang (四海幫) and Niu Pu gang (牛埔幫). All of the gangs are major organized-crime syndicates in Taiwan.