|NAME||WEI Hsueh Kang|
|WANTED FOR||Conspiracy to import and distribute more than 400 kilograms of heroin in the United States.
Convicted and sentenced (in absentia) to death in Thailand for his involvement in the October 20, 1987 seizure of 680 kilograms of Southeast Asian heroin.
|JURISDICTION||Thailand and the Eastern District of New York (EDNY), United States of America|
|AKA||CHANCHAI Chiwinnitipanya; Wei Sia-kang; PRASIT Chiwinnitpanya|
|YEAR OF BIRTH||June 29, 1952 / May 6, 1959|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Yunnan Province, China|
|LAST KNOWN ADDRESS||Burma|
|NOTE||WEI Hsueh-kang is an ethnic Chinese drug trafficker and high-ranking official of the United Wa State Army (UWSA), the leading heroin and methamphetamine trafficking organization in Southeast Asia. WEI and his family have invested millions of dollars in infrastructure development within the Southern Military Region and the Mong Yawn Valley along the Burma-Thailand border, which are traditional smuggling routes for heroin and methamphetamine destined for international markets. On August 30, 1993, WEI was indicted in the Eastern District of New York (EDNY) on four counts of conspiracy to import and distribute more than 400 kilograms of heroin in the United States. The US Department of State has offered a reward of up to US$2 million for information leading to WEI`s capture and successful prosecution. WEI has also been convicted and sentenced (in absentia) to death in Thailand for his involvement in the October 20, 1987 seizure of 680 kilograms of SoutheastAsian heroin. On August 25, 2004 and December 8, 2004, 21 high-level associates/members of the UWSA, including WEI, were indicted in the EDNY on charges related to his alleged drug trafficking. empire. The indictment includes a forfeiture judgment totaling US$103 million against Wei and his co-defendants. On May 25, 2005, additional superseding indictments were issued charging these same individuals with conspiracy to launder narcotics proceeds.|
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