VIENTIANE, May 10 (Xinhua) -- A drug lord suspected of masterminding the murder of 13 Chinese sailors on the Mekong River last year was transferred to Chinese police here on Thursday.
Naw Kham, head of an armed drug gang, was arrested on April 25 at an undisclosed location, and has now been sent to China on a chartered plane dispatched by Chinese authorities.
Liu Yuejin, director of the Narcotics Control Bureau of the Chinese Ministry of Public Security, said that China, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand worked together to fight transnational crime and succeeded in the arrests of Naw Kham and the gang's core members, maintaining safety and stability along the Mekong River.
The Naw Kham gang had more than 100 members armed with AK assault rifles, M16 rifles, bazookas and machine guns. They are thought to have been engaged in drug trafficking, kidnapping, murder, looting and other crimes along the Mekong River for many years.