Raid on a Yuen Long flat by a customs taskforce yields the suspected leader of a major syndicate and assets of $3 million A woman suspected of leading a piracy syndicate who evaded police for almost five years has finally been arrested, it was revealed yesterday. The Customs and Excise Department said it would apply to have the gang's assets - including a flat, a shop and about $800,000 in a bank account - confiscated. The total value was about $3.1 million. Investigations showed the syndicate supplied its retail operation through a production base at a residential flat in Yuen Long. Customs officers raided the locations on Thursday evening. 'We broke open the door [of the flat] and, once inside, we found the woman copying a TV video game,' said Superintendent Albert Chan Chi-hung, head of a special customs taskforce. 'There were also seven computers, each capable of making five copies at a time, set up in the unit.' The 39-year-old suspected ringleader had avoided police detection by employing young accomplices to man the retail outlet, investigators found. Customs officers also arrested a 29-year-old male accomplice and seized about 300,000 pirated discs worth about $785,000 in the raids. The raids and subsequent arrests came after the officers identified the gang in mid-September and launched investigations. Customs' Financial Investigation Group also supported the anti-piracy taskforce by tracing money generated through the illegal operation. Mr Chan said the department was now seeking legal advice about obtaining a restraint order under the Organised and Serious Crimes Ordinance to freeze proceeds generated through the gang's activities. 'If we can confiscate their assets, then the syndicates would not have the necessary funds to relaunch their operations later,' the taskforce chief said. The raids in Yuen Long were part of a larger anti-piracy drive on Thursday that involved 120 officers from the special taskforce. The officers also raided two storage centres and five outlets in Mongkok, arresting five people and seizing more than 10,000 pirated DVDs and computer games. Four of the five arrested in Mongkok were mainland visitors. Mr Chan said piracy syndicates were using mainlanders for their non-core activities, such as packaging discs, transporting the discs between storage centres and shops, and guarding the storage centres. The arrested mainlanders were paid about $200 a day and most were introduced to the job through fellow mainlanders who had worked for the syndicates before. Mr Chan warned that his taskforce would be launching further operations to prevent the market for pirated discs from bouncing back after previous raids successfully brought the situation under control. 'We have noticed that some syndicates are hoping to enter the market amid the vacuum created when we drove out the key market players in previous operations,' Mr Chan said.