US hits notorious Laos casino with sanctions, United.
Zhao Wei, head of the Kings Romans Group, at a meeting of regional law enforcement officials. Credit: Nine “Do you have any doubt that Zhao Wei is involved in the drug trade?” I ask the senior.
Chinese gambling kingpin Zhao Wei and his Kings Roman Casino in Laos have been placed on an economic blacklist by the US government and accused of drug running and human trafficking.
Operating via the Kings Romans Casino, the Zhao Wei network allowed the storage and distribution of heroin and other narcotics, the statement said. Since 2014, Thai, Lao, and Chinese authorities had seized large narcotics shipments that have been traced to Kings Romans, the statement said. Chinese national Zhao is the co-owner and director of Kings Romans International. Zhao, who was not able.
The Kings Romans Casino in the Golden Triangle Special Economic Zone in Laos.. Zhao Wei, head of the Kings Romans Group, at a meeting of regional law enforcement officials. Credit: Nine “Do you have any doubt that Zhao Wei is involved in the drug trade?” I ask the senior Thai narcotics officer who is scrolling through the pictures of the businessman and his entourage on his phone.
Kings Romans Casino caters mainly to Chinese tourists, who account for about 11% of visitors to Laos annually. China is Laos's top trading partner and investor. Chinese national Zhao Wei is the co-owner and director of Kings Romans International. Washington has frozen all of his assets under U.S. jurisdiction and prohibited Americans from.
The casino is reportedly a draw for gamblers from nearby China and sells food and other products derived from exotic animals. The sanctioned individuals include Chinese national Zhao Wei, co-owner.
Zhao has been tagged as the leader of a transnational criminal organization involved in horrendous illegal activities, including human and wildlife trafficking, perpetrated through the Laotian casino. Kings Romans is located within the Golden Triangle border area, close to Myanmar and Thailand, a lawless strategic location reported to be the source of illegal drugs distributed across the region.