Vancouver Police say four men have been charged with conspiracy to commit murder after a successful multi-agency investigation to disrupt gang violence on the Lower Mainland.
So far, the investigation, dubbed Project Territory, has led to 209 charges against 38 people.
Newly charged are Surrey resident Moeen Khan, 22, Abbotsford resident Pashminder Bopara, 30 and two Ottawa men – Mustapha Ali of Ottawa, 28, and Nobin Malonga-Massamba, 23.
Ali and Malonga-Massamba are both in custody and are also facing additional firearms charges. Khan and Boparai are wanted on Canada-wide warrants.
“The Vancouver Police Department continues to engage regional and national partners to combat gang crime,” Vancouver Police Supt. Mike Porteous said. “These arrests represent the success of ongoing partnerships and cooperation at a national level, including the Ottawa Police Service, to combat this serious public safety issue.”
Vancouver Police formed a task force in March 2017 to address escalating gang violence in Metro Vancouver. The task force now includes the anti-gang Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit, the RCMP, the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team and local municipal police departments.
CFSEU Supt. Paul Dadwal said Lower Mainland gangs “operate through multiple jurisdictions and are not bound by borders.”
“The police response must also be strategic and intelligence led throughout our policing partners as indicative in our collective efforts in this joint investigation between the CFSEU-BC, VPD and all of the Lower Mainland partners,” he said.
The task force has so far seized more than 170 firearms, more than 10 kilograms of fentanyl, 40 kilograms of heroin, methamphetamine, and cocaine, as well as more than $2 million worth of cash, jewelry and high end vehicles.
Anyone with information about the location of Moeen Khan or Pashminder Boparai is asked to call 911.
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