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Metro Task Force Targets Asian Crimes

LAS VEGAS -- Asian gangs are enough of a growing problem in Las Vegas that Metropolitan Police and the FBI assembled a team to go after these criminals.

The Chinese Triad, Japanese Yakuza and the Korean Killers are all crime syndicates spreading from southern California into Las Vegas. According to police, these gangs are adept at counterfeiting, credit card fraud, identity theft, and other crimes.

Metro's Asian Organized Crime Task Force formed last month with the help of the FBI. It's fifteen officers have at least eight open cases. They say the Asian gangs often get their money by infiltrating casinos and learning how to defraud them.

Planned home invasions were the target of the task force's first five arrests.

"Within the Asian culture, there's still a proclivity to keep your large sums of money at the house in a safe, as you will, or hidden because they don't trust American banks as much. Even Asian-owned banks," said Lt. Dave Logue.

The Las Vegas Asian Chamber of Commerce says they have some concerns that the push against organized crime may create a negative view of the Asian community.

"My immediate response is great, we do have a task force. With a community as large as we have, we have gangs in all parts, not only the Asian," said chamber president Vida Chan Lin.

Police say they are not planning invasive investigations into the Asian community and they are also focusing on other ethnicities.


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