Former cop arrested over gang crimes

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A former police officer accused of organizing gang crimes have been arrested along with his 55 hatchet men in Yangquan city, North China's Shanxi province, the provincial public security agency said at a news conference Thursday.

Undated photo of confiscated weapons used by Guan Jianjun's gang. [Photo/]

 Undated photo of confiscated weapons used by Guan Jianjun's gang. [Photo/]

According to local newspaper Shanxi Evening News, the security agency had been tipped off last year about the gang crimes committed by suspect Guan Jianjun, 41, who was a former patrol police captain at a local police station. Soon a task team launched an exhaustive investigation that lasted almost a year.

The probe found that Guan's gang, in illegal possession of guns and ammunitions, had been operating underground casinos and brothel-like nightclubs in Yangquan, as convenient tunnels to launder black money from their encroachments of national coal mines in the resource-rich province. The police had confiscated the gang's 27 real estate properties in cities like Beijing worthy of 100 million yuan ($15 million), as well as nearly 260 million yuan ($39 million) in cash.

The gang's mind-boggling wealth also included luxury watches, jewelry, antiques, and over 30 limousines and SUVs. Parking in the courtyard of the provincial police headquarter was Guan's swanky Rolls Royce Phantom that said to be worthy of at least 8.4 million yuan.

Guan and 44 others have been charged with over 20 crimes, including intentional mayhem, racketeering, robbery, illegal possession of drugs, organizing prostitution and illegal mining.

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