Australia: Crown Resort-linked suspected money launderer arrested in Thailand

An alleged international drug boss suspected of laundering millions of dollars through gaming giant Crown Resorts has been arrested in Thailand, where he is fighting efforts to be extradited to Australia.

The arrest of Chung Chak “John” Lee in late December is part of ongoing efforts by Australian authorities to weaken a transnational organised crime syndicate known as The Company which Asia Pacific policing officials and the United Nations estimated was at times responsible for up to 70 per cent of the methamphetamine entering this country.

Mr Lee, who operated out of Hong Kong and Bangkok, allegedly directed a high-roller gambling tour business that had partnered with Crown to use the gaming company’s Melbourne casino to launder millions in drug funds out of Australia in 2012.

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