7 Apr 2004

Two Samoans said to be part of major drug ring broken up by federal agents

8:41 am on 7 April 2004

Two Samoans are among a group of drug suspects arrested in Hawaii in connection with a 2 year federal investigation, "Operation Dr Wu" which netted ringleaders of a drug smuggling operation shipping drugs from California to Singapore and Hawaii.

The ringleader "Doctor Wu" was named as Baron Michael Angelo Suarez-Rothschild.

He is being held in Singapore and authorities are seeking to extradite him to the United States.

Misha Piastro, a special agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration, says investigators spent two years tracking the ring that distributed cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana in Southern California and shipped drugs to Hawaii and Singapore.

Piastro says the gang also had ties to Australia and other countries in the far east.

He said it was moving millions of dollars worth of drugs each year.

Authorities seized stocks of cocaine, methamphetamines and high grade marijuana, 747 thousand dollars in suspected drug proceeds and 20 weapons, including nine assault rifles.