Taipei, More that 300 people were arrested around Taiwan during the latest nationwide crackdown on organized crime, the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) reported Thursday.
Between April 30 and May 3, police conducted simultaneous raids on known organized crime groups, including various divisions of the Bamboo Union as well as a division of the Celestial Alliance and other violent crime groups.
Of those arrested, 41 were high-ranking heads of the crime groups, while the remaining 269 were members, the CIB noted.
One of the main reasons for conducting the raids was to ensure that the streets are safe and people are protected from threats during the run-up to local and municipal elections at the end of the year.
The CIB said that four of the people arrested were members of the Unionist Party, which is pro-China, while the Bamboo Union has historically had ties with the opposition Kuomintang.
All 310 people were taken into police custody and are being investigated for violence, assault and coercion.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel