Pro-Gun Control California State Senator Indicted for Arms Trafficking
Sixty-five-year-old state Sen. Leland Yee (D-Calif.) was arrested on Wednesday alongside well known, supposedly reformed gangster ‘Shrimp Boy,’ with twenty-four other alleged associates implicated. Shrimp Boy, a.k.a. Kwok Cheung Chow or Raymond Chow, calls himself the “dragon head” of the Ghee Kung Tong Freemason lode in San Francisco and has a background peppered with racketeering and robbery and prostitution, as well as a “supreme authority” within the Triad.
The arrest followed after an affidavit from San Francisco FBI Special Agent Emmanuel V. Pascua was filed stating that there was probable cause to believe Yee had been involved in wire fraud and conspiracy to deal in firearms sans license after illegally importing the weapons. That’s where the irony comes in: Yee is well known as a gun-control advocate, having put legislation in California’s senate that would call for tighter control of firearms.
In December, for example, Yee posted the following on Twitter:
Thank you @PiersMorgan for your commitment and passion to ending gun violence. We must never forget Sandy Hook.
— Leland Yee (@LelandYee) December 21, 2012
Yee had aimed for an official state senate proclamation in 2013 which would praise the Ghee Kung Tong Freemason lodge and would be done in exchange for $6,800 worth of campaign funds, which was paid to him by an undercover FBI agent. The FBI report goes into details of campaign fraud and attempts to circumvent the legal limits for donations by Yee. The other twenty-four individuals implicated in the report are all claimed to have broken federal statutes — everything from smuggling liquor to China to marijuana farming interests.