US Attorney – Leader of Chinese Organized Crime Syndicate Group Gets Life in Prison

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PREET BHARARA, the United States Attorney for the
Southern District of New York, announced that SUI MIN MA, a/k/a
“Frank Ma,” a/k/a “Ma Gor,” the leader, or “dai lo,” of a Chinese
organized crime group, was sentenced today to life in prison for
ordering the murder of two individuals in Toronto, Canada, on
July 20, 1994, in connection with his group’s heroin trafficking
activities. MA pleaded guilty to two counts of murder on
September 20, 2007, before United States District Judge DEBORAH
A. BATTS. Co-defendant BING YI CHEN, a/k/a “Ah Ngai,” who,
according to the Superseding Indictment, was the lieutenant of
MA’s criminal enterprise, was sentenced to 35 years in prison by
Judge BATTS on January 4, 2010.

According to the Superseding Indictment, the evidence
at trial, and MA’s guilty plea allocution:

From 1991 through 1996, MA, CHEN, and their associates
were engaged in the importation of millions of dollars worth of
heroin from Asia into the United States for distribution in New
York City. In the summer of 1994, MA’s principal heroin supplier
in Hong Kong called MA and asked MA to kill his drug partner in
Toronto, Canada. MA agreed to arrange the murder as a favor for
the supplier and to strengthen their lucrative criminal
partnership. As a result, MA summoned several of his followers
from Southern California to New York City, briefed them on their
mission, provided them with a photograph of and addresses for the
intended victim, and then dispatched the hit team to Toronto to
carry out the killing.
MA gave CHEN the task of preparing the hit team for the
murders. CHEN, a lieutenant in the criminal organization and one
of MA’s longest-serving followers, traveled to Canada with the
leader of the hit team to scout out where the intended victim
lived and worked; went with the leader of the hit team to obtain
guns for the murder; attempted to smuggle those guns across the
Canadian border; and picked up members of the hit team from the
airport, giving each of them $2000 for their trip.
On July 20, 1994, two members of MA’s hit team shot
their way into a business office where the intended victim was
supposed to be, and killed KWAN KIN MING and YIP PAK YIN, two
office workers. Neither MING nor YIN were involved in narcotics
trafficking, and neither was the intended victim.

The convictions of MA, 55, and CHEN, 42, were the
result of ten years of investigative work into the MA
organization, which has, to date, resulted in 13 convictions.
U.S. Attorney PREET BHARARA said: “Sui Min Ma was the
leader of a vicious crime family whose orders led to the brutal
deaths of two men for the sake of ingratiating himself with a
drug supplier. His gang was a destructive force in New York and
California, saturating the streets with heroin and committing
numerous acts of violence. We are grateful for the cooperative
work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the New York City
Police Department, and Canadian law enforcement in this important
investigation.”

Mr. BHARARA praised the efforts of the FBI’s Asian
Organized Crime Task Force, comprised of Special Agents of the
Federal Bureau of Investigation and Detectives of the New York
City Police Department, for their work on the investigation. Mr.
BHARARA also praised the Combined Forces Special Enforcement
Unit, a Toronto-based Asian Organized Crime Task Force, and the
Toronto Police Service, for the vital and ongoing assistance they
have provided in the investigation.
This case is being prosecuted by the Office’s
Organized Crime Unit. Assistant United States Attorneys
JONATHAN B. NEW and MICHAEL M. ROSENSAFT are in charge of
the prosecution.
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