Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow (photo courtesy of KGO-TV)
SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Jose Mercury News reports that the closely-watched trial of reputed Asian organized crime figure Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow is reaching a critical stage this week, as the lead undercover FBI architects of one of the longest and most expansive criminal probes in recent Bay Area history take the witness stand.
The lead undercover FBI agent, known only by a fake name of "David Jordan," began his testimony Tuesday afternoon. He is expected in the coming days to recount his role in a five-year undercover operation that led to the racketeering indictment of Chow and dozens of other defendants, including former State Sen. Leland Yee, who has pleaded guilty to racketeering and is awaiting sentencing.
Jordan, who posed as an East Coast Mafia businessman during the undercover probe, is one of the government's central witnesses, as he spent years ingratiating himself to Chow and allegedly coaxed him with bags of cash to commit crimes ranging from money laundering and gun trafficking to illegal trafficking in cigarettes and booze. Chow also is charged with arranging two murders, but those allegations rest more on the testimony of former associates who have testified to Chow's involvement.
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