Former head of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Special Operations Division Derek Maltz on Monday claimed that the Chinese “are dominating the money-laundering services business in America for the cartels”.
In an appearance on “The Sara Carter Show” podcast, Maltz and host Sara Carter discussed security issues surrounding the deteriorating situation at the U.S.-Mexico border, when the conversation shifted toward the Chinese government.
“The Chinese now are dominating the money-laundering services business in America for the cartels,” Maltz charged, arguing that they are “picking up the cash and they are moving money from one Chinese bank account to another on their smartphones”.
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“We can’t do much about that,” Maltz continued. “They’re using encrypted apps, and they’re moving money, and then they’re buying consumer goods over in China, they’re shipping the goods into South America or Mexico—wherever—and they’re selling the goods, and everybody’s making money. And the poor law enforcement is in the dark because the laws are so antiquated. And these are […] countries around the world that are making a lot of money off the drug problem in America.”
Furthermore, Maltz went on to claim that “They have Chinese nationals—young kids—running around the country picking up millions of dollars, they give it to businessmen and Chinese businessmen in the U.S. because there’s an export limit of $50,000 a year out of Beijing, so they need cash here to buy houses, to buy property, […] to put their kids in school. So they pay cash.”
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Maltz then alleged that they are also “buying real estate all over the country” and installing “state-of-the-art marijuana grow[ing] operations in these houses. And they’re selling this very pure THC—very high purity pot—around America. So they’re buying houses with drug money in cash, then they’re selling the drugs all over the country. So again, they’re destabilizing the country by pushing massive amounts of drugs and providing a service to the cartels.”
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“Last thing: if the cartels do not have their money, and they do not have their chemicals, they can’t produce the drugs. So what are we waiting for? Why are we not hitting these labs? Why are we not stopping the money? Why are we not dealing with this?” Maltz concluded. “It’s got to be put on steroids, we have to have a state of emergency here for law enforcement to go after this problem because kids are dying at record levels.”
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REPORT: China has vast network of covert police stations around the world
China has a vast network of covert police stations abroad, according to a recent report by Safeguard Defenders, an NGO that focuses on human rights violations in China and other Asian countries. These police stations serve consular functions, but are also used by China to crack down on what the CCP deems “illegal” activity of Chinese nationals abroad. The police stations include at least 38 run by the Fuzhou City police, and 22 run by the Qingtian City police. Cities housing these police stations include New York, Toronto (which has three stations), London (two), Paris (three), Buenos Aires, Rio De Janeiro, and Tokyo.
Key findings of the report are below.
“Persuaded to return”
According to China, China has “persuaded to return [to China]” 230,000 Chinese nationals living aboard from April 2021 to July 2022 alone to face charges of fraud and telecommunications fraud. A Yangxia police station set up in Mozambique, for example, persuaded a Chinese national to return to China after being accused of stealing money from his employer. Chinese authorities also put pressure on the accused family to convince the accused to surrender.
Roughly 54,000 Chinese nationals were persuaded to return from northern Myanmar alone, in the first nine months of 2021. In July 2022, the government of Wenchang City warned that its citizens living in northern Myanmar must check in with their local police stations or face multiple penalties including blocking their children from attending urban schools back in China. Similarly, in February 2022, the government of Liayang City stated that Chinese “illegally staying” in northern Myanmar must return or the bank accounts of their immediate family members could be frozen.
The Nine Forbidden Countries
China has claimed that nine countries contain serious levels of fraud and telecom fraud perpetrated by Chinese nationals. Since November 2021, China has declared that Chinese citizens living in these nine countries must return to China immediately unless they have an “emergency reason” or a “strict necessity” to travel or stay in those countries. Those countries are: Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, the UAE, and Turkey. However, the report questions whether these countries are truly awash in such fraud, as most of China’s oversees police stations are in the West, and only one of the nine countries (Cambodia) has such a police station. Chinese staying in the nine forbidden countries, as well as threats to family members as stated above, creates a “guilt-by-association” atmosphere intended to repatriate the Chinese nationals.
According to the report, Chinese police stations abroad serve to bypass “bilateral extradition treaties or other mechanisms of judicial cooperation” to cooperate with CCP-linked NGOs which effectively “[sets] up an alternative policing and judicial system within third countries.” Instead of using international judicial cooperation, which establishes due process, the presumption of innocence, and the right to a fair trial, China uses the above “persuade-to-return” methods and transnational police stations to circumvent international law and coerce Chinese nationals to return to China for trials. These policies show the power of China’s long-arm oppression over its own subjects.
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