Coke deals. Shoulder-fired missiles. Hit men. Gang politics. Bribery. Deal-making in dark restaurants, parking lots and Las Vegas hotelrooms, and on fishing boats off the Hawaiian islands.
A 137-page federal complaint lays out the charges against state Sen. Leland Yee, alleged Chinatown mobster Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow and 24 others connected to Chow. But it also reads like a Hollywood script.
There’s the slick FBI agent going deeper undercover and pushing the action. There’s the gangster with the catchy nickname who publicly claims to have gone straight. And there’s the veteran politician, allegedly willing to compromise his values to stay in office.
The tale reached a climax Wednesday when the government unsealed charges against Chow, Yee and 24 others after a series of coordinated raids. Chow, 54, stands accused of money laundering and other crimes, while Yee, 65, faces charges that he traded political favors for campaign donations and, at one point, facilitated a gun-trafficking deal.