California State Senator Leland Yee Arrested by the FBI in San Francisco

March 26, 2014 12:34 pm · 40 comments

State Sen. Leland Yee and an infamous Chinatown gang leader were arrested this morning by the Federal Bureau of Investigation as the agency executed numerous raids and arrest warrants throughout the Bay Area, an FBI spokesman said.

One of the warrants was served at the Ghee Kung Tong Supreme Lodge in San Francisco’s Chinatown, which houses the Chinese Freemasons of the World at 36 Spofford St., FBI spokesman Peter Lee said.

Among the arrestees was also Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow, the president of the Supreme Lodge of Chinese Free Masons of the world in San Francisco, who has a lengthy prior criminal history dating back to the 1970s and connections to Chinatown-based gangs. Chow was arrested at the lodge, Lee said.

Yee is scheduled to appear before a U.S. Magistrate Judge Nathanael Cousins this afternoon at 1:30 p.m., Lee said. FBI agents were at the Ghee Kung Tong building throughout the morning and were expected to bring down materials and equipment over the next several hours, FBI Special Agent Michael Gimble said.

Uniformed agents were leaving the red building throughout the morning, with some of them carrying bulletproof vests in their hands.

At around 11:30, a small group of San Francisco firefighters brought into the Ghee Kung Tong building a circular saw and a hand-held Jaws of Life tool. They declined to offer details on why the equipment was needed.

Yee represents Senate District 8, which includes the western half of San Francisco and most of San Mateo County. He has declared his candidacy for secretary of state in 2012 when his term in the state senate was up and was on the ballot for November’s election.

A two-time San Francisco supervisor who also served on the school board, Yee lost his run for San Francisco mayor in 2011, finishing fifth.

Chow has a lengthy criminal history. He was convicted of six gun charges in federal court in 1995 and sentenced to 23 years in prison. He was the leader of a criminal faction of the San Francisco group called the Hop Sing Tong, which started as a national business association of Chinese immigrants in the 19th century.

Chow’s criminal history started early, and by age 16 he was the leader of 30 underlings collecting money from gambling dens in Hong Kong.

After coming to the U.S., he organized the Hop Sing Tong to collect money from gambling dens in San Francisco.

He was arrested on robbery charges in 1978, paroled in 1985, but quickly returned to crime and was sent back to prison.

Chow testified in the 2002 trial of Peter “Uncle” Chong that he was Chong’s right-hand man when Chong was head of the Wo Hop To criminal organization after Chow’s Hop Sing Tong gang merged with Chong’s to take over Chinatown’s criminal activity in 1990.

Mr. Pink March 26, 2014 at 12:43 PM

“Shrimp Boy” Ha.

The kapitser March 26, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Forget about Jake, it’s Chinatown.

anonanonagain March 26, 2014 at 12:51 PM

Good work. Ship the scoundrels from where they once came but not before punishing them to the fullest extent of the law.
Corrupt politicians. Aren’t they all?? ( Cynical to the extreme)

The dude March 26, 2014 at 12:56 PM

The saw was for an old type of safe located on the property just an FYI

Reality Slap March 26, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Yep, gotta agree, “Shrimp Boy” cracked me up.

2nd Amendment March 26, 2014 at 1:04 PM

The same Leland Yee that’s been trying to ram through all the BS gun control laws he possibly could. Bills that said law-abiding gun owners would have to turn in firearms they already owned to the sheriff. And he’s in bed with violent street gangs?!? Shows you what these politicians’ intentions really are.

BDuns March 26, 2014 at 1:10 PM

Good, hope this real criminal goes away for a long time so he can stop treating sane, legal gun owners like we’re the criminals.

gratt March 26, 2014 at 1:11 PM


Noj March 26, 2014 at 1:12 PM

Don’t be afraid to say it…he’s a Democrat.

Ebony March 26, 2014 at 1:12 PM

oh, hahahhaah….politics in the making, for a minute I thought we were in Korea.

Meanjean March 26, 2014 at 1:16 PM

Based on the tools that were brought in by firefighters they are more than likely going to bust open a safe or another secured object

Amy March 26, 2014 at 1:18 PM

There have been gangs in Chinatown since the Gold Rush era. This would make a great movie. Sweat shops, prostitution, human trafficking, drugs. So much drama behind the scenes. Where are the Hollywood producers?

Busted. March 26, 2014 at 1:20 PM

What concerns me is that Chinatown’s based gangs had him in there pockets to help them in any means possible.

Feinstein and Pelosi are nervous now March 26, 2014 at 1:32 PM

or at least they should be.

Kirk March 26, 2014 at 1:39 PM

I thought that name was familiar, gun grabbing d-bag.

Wanna bet he tries to pass a law disarming the FBI in the next ten minutes.

ItMustBeKen March 26, 2014 at 1:48 PM

Don’t care what party he’s from…if he’s dirty, lock him up and take every damn thing he and his family own.

And to think this d-bag was in the running for Secretary of State.

Anonymous March 26, 2014 at 1:57 PM

This is the third Democrat state legislator arrested by the FBI this year. A certain phantom will come up with a plot blaming it on Bush-Cheney.

RANDOM TASK March 26, 2014 at 2:02 PM

wow so ye learned nothing from the dems press release of …slamming a out of wedlock intern in a public office is ok ….dealing with organized crime …you have to be more careful and lie and cheat on the down low …..will these dems ever learn ….oh that’s right the lemmings will love them as long as they promise free money housing healthcare autos teeth and prenatal… the workers are taxed to supply all the aforementioned perks to elect dems

anon March 26, 2014 at 2:03 PM

Claycord is one of the few venues that go into detail about the extent of Chow’s criminal past. He was featured in the History Channel’s Gangland show and named Most Notorious Original Gangster.

Lock all the corrupt politicians and throw away the key.

Michelle March 26, 2014 at 2:11 PM

Are there any surprises, really?

@Anonymous March 26, 2014 at 2:26 PM

>> This is the third Democrat state legislator arrested by the FBI this year.

Who were the other two?

Cuzzzzz............... March 26, 2014 at 2:26 PM

And the Feds keep playing “catch & release” with Shrimp Boy. Guy has a “frequent visitors” card with the prison system. Perhaps this time they will keep him. And to think the last time he got out he turned “snitch”

Weeks to Baltimore O's March 26, 2014 at 2:27 PM

Whoa! Lee came off as such a goodie goodie. If he is guilty please throw the book at this joke of a representative.

Elwood March 26, 2014 at 2:30 PM

One, two, three,

Bye bye Leland Yee,

Three four five,

Do the jailhouse jive,

Leland Yee!

They didn’t even give him the courtesy of letting him surrender for booking with his attorney and make bail immediately. They rousted him from his house and hauled him away.

Looking on the bright side, this should lock up the criminal vote for him.

In the CA Senate LE has busted a black, a latino and an asian. They need a white boy now to round out their four of a kind.

Noj March 26, 2014 at 2:53 PM

Yee is the third Democratic senator to face charges this year. Sen. Rod Wright was convicted of perjury and voter fraud for lying about his legal residence in Los Angeles County, and Sen. Ron Calderon has been indicted on federal corruption charges. Wright and Calderon are taking a voluntary leave of absence, with pay, although Republicans have called for them to be suspended or expelled from the Legislature.

Darrel Steinberg is the one who should be investigated. Bet he’s home right now shredding files.

In the heat of it March 26, 2014 at 3:00 PM

like will follow like,and those that stand together,
like with like, shall not perish. Even unto the
onslaught of the many. And good will vanquish
evil, even unto the end.

Weeks to Baltimore O's March 26, 2014 at 3:06 PM

@elwood well put lmao!

anon March 26, 2014 at 3:12 PM

Another one bites the dust. Nobody thinks they are going to get caught.

OH my March 26, 2014 at 3:14 PM

Reminds me of that famous quote “Just Some Sloppiness”

@Cuzzzzz.......... (#22) March 26, 2014 at 3:25 PM

“And the Feds keep playing ‘catch & release’ with Shrimp Boy.”
Hahaha – nice one!

None of them are to be trusted. March 26, 2014 at 3:38 PM

Power corrupts, absolutely, ever time. Few men can rise above the temptations of power. Those men will not lower themselves to the level of a politician.

Dennis March 26, 2014 at 4:08 PM

“He was convicted of six gun charges in federal court in 1995 and sentenced to 23 years in prison.”

Lessee, 1995+23=2018 correct? So why was he back on the streets running a Tong? He can’t vote (or coerce his Tong into voting) for Democrats while he’s locked up.

It is time to eliminate “parole” … make felons serve their entire sentences, or at least make them return to prison to serve the remainder of their term if they are busted for parole violations.

Michelle March 26, 2014 at 4:41 PM

lol elwood 🙂

RANDOM TASK March 26, 2014 at 5:02 PM

no one to police the political criminals as they lay waste to California on the backs of lemmings who beacon for their freebees. The dems tell you to pay up and support each other and yet open the door to illegals and abuse our systems and instead of righting the ship they let them run free as long as they vote dem and tax the workers even more as they hold education over their heads like a guillotine if they do not comply.

Elwood March 26, 2014 at 5:12 PM

@ #24

“They need a white boy now to round out their four of a kind.”

How about Darrell Steinberg?

Over 10% of March 26, 2014 at 5:27 PM

The California state Senate Democrats have been arrested this year. When Calderon returned to the Senate, the honest legislators ignored him. One got caught on camera giving him a big man hug. Guess who it was?

Silva March 26, 2014 at 6:56 PM

Despicable tool.

anon March 27, 2014 at 8:29 AM

A female Concord resident was one of those arrested. You’ve got to read the doc, it’s pretty amazing. Too bad they can’t get all the crooks in Chinatown. It would be a ghost town if they did.

Marissa March 27, 2014 at 8:38 AM

Another bad guy bites the dust.

This isnt' what the governmeant March 27, 2014 at 7:12 PM

A Politician lied to us.Gee that is hard to believe.

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