A yakuza boss who had reported connections to an armed ethnic group in Burma was arrested along with four others on Monday, April 4, after trying to buy heavy weapons from the US military and sell heroin in the country.
Takeshi Ebisawa, 57, who is believed to be a leader of the Japanese Yakuza crime syndicate, was arrested in Manhattan on Monday along with two Thai men and an individual with dual Thai-American citizenship as they tried to buy weapons from a police officer. ‘infiltration, BNC News reported.
Ebisawa was trying to buy remnants of weapons stolen from a military base in Afghanistan for an ethnic armed group in Burma. Among the weapons he planned to buy were portable M-72 light anti-tank rocket launchers, 10 M-60 machine guns and 10 fully automatic rifles, the New York Daily News reported.
Ebisawa and his 58-year-old associate, Somphop Singhasiri, also planned to sell heroin and methamphetamine to an undercover agent in an attempt to sell the drugs on the streets of New York, possibly using the money from this company to pay for the weapons. bought.
“We allege that Mr. Ebisawa and his co-conspirators brokered deals with an undercover DEA agent to purchase heavy weapons and sell large quantities of illegal drugs,” U.S. District Attorney Damian Williams said.
“The drugs were destined for the streets of New York, and the arms shipments were destined for factions in unstable nations. Members of this international crime syndicate can no longer put lives at risk and will be brought to justice for their actions illegal,” he continued.
The Yakuza is an international crime syndicate associated with various crimes such as arms trafficking, drug trafficking, human trafficking, fraud, and money laundering. Their system encompasses a significant portion of Asia as well as the United States.
If found guilty of the charges, Ebisawa, Singhasiri and their associates Suksan “Bobby” Jullanan and Sompak Rukrasaranee will be sentenced to life in prison for their actions.