Johnny Eng

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Johnny Eng
Born Hong Kong
Other names Onionhead, Machinegun Johnny
Occupation Triad member
Spouse(s) Lori Eng (d. 2011)
  • 14 counts of heroin smuggling

Johnny Eng (Chinese: 伍少衡; pinyin: Wǔ Shàohéng), also known as Onionhead (Chinese: 蔥頭; pinyin: Cōng Tóu) or Machinegun Johnny,[1] is a Hong Kong-born American criminal. He is a former Manhattan triad leader and drug dealer.

Criminal history[edit]

Eng was arrested at least five times in the 1970s.[1] In 1983, Eng became the leader of the Flying Dragons.[2] 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."[1] A native of Hong Kong,[3] Eng was 31 years old in 1989,[1] when he fled to that city to avoid arrest and prosecution.[3] He was arrested there in 1989. Eng fought extradition for nearly three years, but was brought to the United States in 1991.[4] In December 1992, Eng was convicted of 14 counts of heroin smuggling and conspiracy.[3]

In March 1993, Eng was sentenced to 24 years in prison and fined $3,500,000 by Federal District Court judge Reena Raggi.[5] 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.[6][7] He was released several years early on 8 November 2010.

Murder of wife[edit]

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.[8]


  1. ^ a b c d Butterfield, Fox (4 Mar 1989). "A New Gang's Violent Role in Chinatown". New York Times: 29. 
  2. ^ Chin, Ko-lin (16 February 2000). Chinatown Gangs: Extortion, Enterprise, and Ethnicity. Oxford University Press. p. 153. ISBN 978-0-19-513627-2. Retrieved 21 October 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c Lubasch, Arnold H. (15 December 1992). "Ex-Head of Chinatown Gang Is Guilty of Leading Drug Ring". New York Times: B3. 
  4. ^ Faison, Seth (12 April 1994). "Chinatown Gang Leader to Be Returned to U.S". New York Times: B1. 
  5. ^ "Reputed Gang Leader Gets Prison Term". New York Times: 43. 7 March 1993. 
  6. ^ James, George (22 November 1994). "33 Suspected Chinatown Gang Members Are Indicted: Racketeering charges are called major blow to the Flying Dragons". New York Times: B1. 
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  8. ^ Mongelli, Lorena (14 July 2011). "Heated argument ends in murder-suicide in Queens". New York Post. Retrieved 11 August 2012.