Ecstasy, The Love Drug: Oakland Edition
Posted by Childress on August 13, 2006
A triple homicide from a few years back turns out to have been all about Ecstasy. Reports the Inside the Bay Area:
Infighting between two of the Bay Area’s biggest distributors of the illegal drug ecstasy may have led to the bludgeoning deaths of three people found inside a Union City home almost four years ago, court records show.Inside the Bay Area
Oakland resident Johnny Li, 33 — who was one of the area’s largest ecstasy distributors, according to an affidavit unsealed this week by a U.S. District Court magistrate — his fiance, 26-year-old Deborah Yao of Union City, and friend Kevin Kwok, 32, of San Jose likely were killed because Li “wanted to be the sole distributor of (ecstasy in the Bay Area),” the document states.
Johnson Mai, the ringleader of a major ecstasy-smuggling operation suspected of dispensing some 3.6 million doses of the drug in the Bay Area since 2000, according to the Drug Enforcement Agency, was arrested Thursday along with four others during a series of raids in the East Bay and on the Peninsula.
Mai, his wife, Lisa Lee, 42, and associates Eric Yu Heng Cai, 34, Zhi En Huang and David Yuen, both 37, appeared Thursday in a federal court in Oakland, where they face drug and money laundering charges.
A sixth suspect, 36-year-old Kai Lun Zheng, remains at large. …
Li, Yao and Kwok were found beaten to death in a Compton Court home on Sept. 12, 2002, after Yao’s mother went there looking for her daughter, who hadn’t contacted her in several days.