VANCOUVER - Police have dismantled an
alleged violent Vancouver criminal group called the Gill Group.
7 people were arrested and 4 guns
seized as part of Project Temper against gang violence in the Lower
The alleged gang members were
identified as Taqdir Gill, 21 years old; Hitkaran Johal, 19; Simrat
Lally, 20; Walta Abay, 23; Pawandeep Chopra, 20; and two 17-year-olds.
Looking at individuals
VANCOUVER - The
CFSEU-BC has moved away from looking at the number of gangs there
are in BC and are now focused on the fact that there are between 1,200
and 1,400 identified individuals associated to gangs and organized
crime in this province.
These individuals have been identified through the Provincial Tactical
Enforcement Priority program.
5 plead guilty
MONTREAL - 5 men with ties to a Montreal street gang called Unit 44
were charged with the murder of Raynald Desjardins' business partner
and close friend. The 5 men pleaded guilty to being part
of a conspiracy to kill Gaetan Gosselin, on Jan 22, 2013. Olivier Gay, 34, also pleaded to being part of a conspiracy to
murder Vincenzo Scuderi, 49, who was killed 9 days after Gosselin.
OTTAWA - Police allege one-time leader of the Vanier Bloods and
high-profile drug dealer Adnan 'Ace' Fazeli, 32, is the ringleader of
what detectives have now called 'The Fazeli Group.'
MONTREAL - Shane Kenneth (Wheels) Maloney, an alleged leader in the
West End Gang, was sentenced to an overall 10-year prison term for
trying to buy 25 kilos of cocaine from an undercover agent and for
having stored enough firearms and explosives to start a small war.
YELLOWKNIFE - A
24-year-old BC man was sentenced to 4 and a half years in jail after
pleading guilty to possessing cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.
856 gang in Yellowknife
CFSEU arrests 856 gang members
Gangs in BC
TORONTO - Sukh Deo, 34, was inside a white Range Rover when 2 men
started firing at him just before 3pm in an alley near Yonge St and
Eglinton Ave. Both
were wearing construction vests - one green and one orange.
Involved in Wolf Pack
Victim was facing drug charges
OTTAWA - The SC agreed with BC prosecutors
that the evidence against United Nations gangster Michael Newman,
killed Marc Rozen during a botched 2004 robbery, supported the
more serious count of first-degree murder.
(Vancouver Sun) JUDGMENT:
2016 SCC 7
JIBC arsons and shootings
VANCOUVER - United Nations gang associate Vincent Eric Gia-Hwa Cheung,
40, allegedly used his connections to organized crime to help him with
a campaign of terror against people linked to the Justice Institute of
He was arrested along with his
alleged accomplice Thurman Ronley Taffe, 54.
VANCOUVER - Half the roughly three dozen shootings in the
area since March have been linked to a drug feud between two groups
involved in 'disorganized crime,' said RCMP.
conflict over drugs, turf
Truth telling issues
No new boots
on the ground
OTTAWA - In Atlantic Canada, the Bacchus
outlaw motorcycle club runs the drug trade, according to police biker
crime specialists. In oil-rich Alberta, bullets fly when the Red
Scorpions clash with the United Nations crew. In the Prairies, the
White Boy Posse's migration east from Edmonton has spilled blood in
Peek into gang life
He has walked alone through some of
the most unsafe neighbourhoods in Calgary in hopes he'd be stopped by
gang bangers wanting to know what he was doing on their turf.
(Globe & Mail)
Unravelling identities and belonging
- James Riach, Barry Espadilla, Ali Shirazi and Tristan Olazo remain
in custody in the Philippines on charges. (Vancouver Sun)
Raid finds 2
- A remote-controlled bomb hidden in a motorbike has torn through a
crowd of young football players in a soccer-obsessed slum in the
Pakistani city of Karachi, killing an estimated 10 children and
teenagers. (Guardian UK) MORE:
- Reputed drug
trafficker Nicholas Michael Lucier was detained in the Pacific coast
city of Nuevo Vallarta. (EFE)
- Colin Martin, who the US accuses of being the kingpin in a
cross-border drug smuggling operation that left 2 people dead, has
been ordered extradited to the US.
Martin remains in custody
VANCOUVER - 2 men with gang links who were
beaten while awaiting trials in Metro Vancouver jails have been
awarded by the BC government to settle their lawsuits. Independent
Soldier associate Jesse Margison was given a $3M settlement after
suffering severe brain damage when another inmate at the North Fraser
Pretrial Centre stomped on his head in August 2012.
Allen Ogonoski, a former gang member
of Surrey Thugs Inc, was awarded $496,600 for the brain injury he
suffered after being attacked in Surrey Pretrial by a rival gangster
on Aug 15, 2011.
SEATTLE - Kevin Donald Kerfoot, 53, was
sentenced in Seattle to 13 years in jail after entering a guilty plea
in April following an unsuccessful 10-year fight to remain in Canada.
(Vancouver Sun) MORE:
EDMONTON - A Provincial Threat Assessment
identified 138 criminal networks operating in Alberta.
In their latest annual report, ALERT
has identified 245 criminal networks active in the province.
Marijuana makes up more than half of ALERT drug seizures
2016-17 ALERT annual report
Blood turf war
- Knife-wielding gangs are clashing outside hospitals and spilling
each other's blood in China over a precious resource - blood
Drug turf war
- The streets of Dawson Creek have become a battleground in a growing
drug turf war, and now police are asking the public for assistance to
try and stop it before innocent bystanders are killed.
Police think there's as a many as 6
different gangs vying for the drug trade in Dawson Creek and the
kidnapping linked to drug war
Anti-gang squad report
VANCOUVER - The Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU-BC)
has released its annual report aimed at discouraging involvement in
gangs, especially for young women who follow the lustre but find
something entirely different.
and gangs 2015
HALIFAX - Police in Ontario say the gang
known as North Preston's Finest is actively recruiting girls and women
from the Maritimes, forcing them into a life of prostitution in cities
MORE: 18 women
human trafficking investigation
Operation thumbs down
LOS ANGELES - Over 800 hundred law
enforcement officers and agents served dozens of arrest and search
warrants in Operation Thumbs Down, an 18-month investigation that
targeted members and associates of the Rollin’ 30s Harlem Crips.
Images of children with guns
Anti-gang report released
VANCOUVER - For the first time, the provincial anti-gang
police unit has issued an accessible report on criminal gangs for the
public – a document that says BC organizations maintain headquarters in
this province while doing business around the world. (Globe & Mail)
CALGARY - 8 people are
facing more than 100 charges in connection to alleged criminal activity
in the Calgary area. The charges follow a nearly year long
investigation into drugs and weapons in the Calgary region as well as
BC’s lower mainland. (CTV)
Gang warfare areas
LOS ANGELES - P Jeffrey Brantingham, an
anthropologist at UCLA who uses statistics to study crime, has applied
equations to gangs.
Tattoos are useful indicators to identify individuals who
are members of a gang or a criminal organization. It is important to
note that an image may have several different, occasionally innocuous,
meanings, depending on the interpretation of the individual or gangs
using it. (CBSA
handbook posted by Public Intelligence) MORE:
Tattoo leads to
gangsters over their heads
VANCOUVER - Gangsters from BC are increasingly doing
business with drug cartels in Mexico - a recklessly naive trend that has
resulted in 5 deaths in the past 4 years, police say. (CBC)
- A Canadian citizen will spend more than 7 years in federal prison for
smuggling guns from Montana into Lethbridge, Alberta. (Billings
Underage, armed & dangerous
Are you worried your
child might be involved with a gang? Police say there are several
warning signs that you should watch out for. (CTV)
VANCOUVER - Nazfar
Mirhadi and Veronica Moncur were found not guilty in BC Supreme Court,
but 5 others were found guilty. The 7 were arrested in October 2011
after a 29-year-old man was kidnapped from a restaurant in downtown
Vancouver. (CTV) MORE:
Gang related kidnapping
Northern drug sweep
RCMP in the Northwest Territories say they have arrested
22 people following a series of drug busts in four communities. (CBC)