Using her assets in Rand Enterprises, Madame Gao managed to organize a drug business in New York City and establish a center of production for Steel Serpent in a warehouse located in Brooklyn. Following the kidnapping of Radovan Bernivig, he was placed in the factory to extract a formula for heroin.
Harold Meachum gained access to a tablet with the Hand's files which was stolen by Danny Rand. He tracked down Steel Serpent trade routes, which were centered in Brooklyn where Gao been running a lot of Rand trucks. With Yangsi Gonshi's help, Rand and Colleen Wing assaulted the facility. While the Hatchet Men fought against Hand members, Rand and Wing made their way to a backroom where they found Bernivig bound to a chair and barely alive. Before dying, he told them that Gao was migrating to Anzhou.