One of Mr Asia's last dies

MICHAEL FIELD
Last updated 12:12 21/07/2013
A file photo of Peter Fulcher, an enforcer in the Mr Asia drug gang, who has died in Whanganui aged 72.
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ENFORCER: A file photo of Peter Fulcher, an enforcer in the Mr Asia drug gang, who has died in Whanganui aged 72.

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One of the last survivors of the infamous Mr Asia drug gang, enforcer Peter Fulcher, has died.

Fulcher was one of the most notorious of the 1970s gang.

He dished out extreme violence on the orders of Terry Clark – although he claimed he never killed any one.

Fulcher died aged 72 in Whanganui according the Herald on Sunday.

He had served 14 years for drug offences in Paremoremo Jail but was eventually released with emphysema which led to his death on Thursday.

Gisborne born Clark was the head of the Mr Asia drug syndicate which imported heroin into New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom in the 1970s.

The syndicate itself had been founded by Marty Johnstone, the man who became known as "Mr Asia", but Clark had him killed.

The offending later became the script of the popular television series, Underbelly.

Clark had been with Auckland lawyer Karen Soich and had been arrested while he was in bed with her.

Soich remains one of the few surviving characters of the drama.

Clark suffered a heart attack in 1983 and died at Parkhurst Prison on the Isle of Wight.

Fulcher gave an interview to the Listener saying that his role was to call up drug debts, often armed with a softball bat to make the point.

''I have dished out a bit of extreme violence. But by Jesus, it was well deserved,'' he told the Listener.

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