Government officials are offering up to $5 million for information that leads to the location and arrest of a Chinese national accused of being a key leader in a major drug operation in the United States.
The U.S. Department of State is searching for Jian Zhang, also known as Hong Kong Zaron, the man alleged to be a fentanyl kingpin and the main organizer of the transnational Zhang Drug Trafficking Organization between 2013 and 2016.
The organization, federal prosecutors alleged, was responsible for importing and distributing drugs around the country, resulting in five people suffering serious bodily injuries as well as the overdose deaths of four people in multiple states, including North Dakota, Oregon, North Carolina and New Jersey.
In January 2018, according to the U.S. Department of State, Zhang and several other other Americans, Canadians and Chinese suspects were charged in North Dakota.
“Several of the U.S. nationals have been convicted and sentenced to penalties ranging from 20 years to life,” the government noted. “This investigation led to charges which include drug trafficking, trafficking of illicit drugs which led to death and/or serious bodily injury of Americans, violations of the Continuing Criminal Enterprise statute, and international money laundering.”
Anyone with information on Jian Zhang’s whereabouts is urged to contact authorities by telephone or WhatsApp at (504) 534-5134 or via email:ZhangJianTips@dea.gov.