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Johnny Eng

Johnny Eng American drug trafficker

American drug trafficker
Johnny Eng
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Intro American drug trafficker
Is Criminal Drug trafficker
From United States of America
Type Crime
Gender male
Birth Hong Kong
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Johnny Eng (Chinese: 伍少衡), also known as Onionhead (Chinese: 蔥頭) or Machinegun Johnny, is a Hong Kong-born American criminal. He is a former Manhattan triad leader and drug dealer.

Criminal history

Eng was arrested at least five times in the 1970s. In 1983, Eng became the leader of the Flying Dragons. By 1988 he had moved into the heroin trade in Manhattan's Chinatown. A confidential report issued by the Justice Department called Eng "one of the five major heroin dealers in New York City." A native of Hong Kong, Eng was 31 years old in 1989, when he fled to that city to avoid arrest and prosecution. He was arrested there in 1989. Eng fought extradition for nearly three years, but was brought to the United States in 1991. In December 1992, Eng was convicted of 14 counts of heroin smuggling and conspiracy.

In March 1993, Eng was sentenced to 24 years in prison and fined $3,500,000 by Federal District Court judge Reena Raggi. The government also confiscated Eng's 200 acre estate in Newfoundland, Pennsylvania, which was reported to have been used for machine gun practice by members of the Flying Dragons. He was released several years early on 8 November 2010.

Murder of wife

On July 13, 2011, Eng's wife Lori Eng (Chinese: 伍羅美玲) was fatally shot by another Flying Dragons member, David Chea (Chinese: 謝錦徵), at her apartment in Flushing, Queens, New York. Chea then committed suicide.

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