Chinese mob boss gets life for Toronto murders
NEW YORK – Sui Min Ma, the leader of the Chinese organized crime group known as ‘Dai Lo’, has been sentenced to life in prison for a hit that led to the deaths of two innocent Toronto office workers who were not the intended targets.
U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said the heroin kingpin ordered the executions of a Toronto man on July 20, 1994, sending a hit team and financing it. But the team ended up shooting two innocent people.
Ma had pleaded guilty to two counts of murder on September 20, 2007. His co-defendant, Bing Yi Chen, was sentenced to 35 years in prison on Jan. 4.
Evidence at trial showed that Ma, Chen and their associates engaged in the importation of millions of dollars worth of heroin from Asia into the United States between 1991 and 19996.
“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,” Bharara said in a statement.
Ma then summoned several of his associates from southern California, briefed them and provided them photos of the targets and their addresses. He then dispatched the team to Toronto to carry out the hit.
“Ma gave Chen the task of preparing the hit team for the murders,” said Bharara about the evidence.
“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,” said Bharara’s statement.
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.
Both victims were ordinary office workers and had nothing to do with heroin trafficking.
“Neither was the intended victim,” said the statement.
An investigation of the Ma organization over the past ten years has led to 13 convictions.
“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,” said Bharara.
“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,” he added.
Bharara thanked the Asian Organized Crime Task Force and the Toronto Police for their help to bring the murderers to justice.
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