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.Newly charged in the Project Territory investigation are Surrey resident Moeen Khan, 22, Abbotsford resident Pashminder Boparai, 30, and two Ottawa men – Mustapha Ali of Ottawa, 28, and Nobin Malonga-Massamba, 23.The Ottawa men, who are also facing additional firearms counts, are in custody but VPD Acting Insp. Lisa Byrne said Tuesday that police have not yet located Boparai or Khan.Byrne told reporters that she couldn’t comment on who was targeted in the murder conspiracy because of on-going court proceedings.But she did say the person was someone “very much someone involved in the gang lifestyle.”
Pashminder Boparai, 30, of Abbotsford, and Moeen Khan, 22, of Surrey have been charged with conspiracy to commit murder and are currently wanted on Canada-wide warrants.
The indictment, obtained by Postmedia, says the four men conspired to commit murder with “Sameet Kang, Gary Kang and others” between June 4 and June 19, 2018 in Vancouver, Burnaby, Langley and Maple Ridge.The firearm counts against Ali and Malonga-Massamba stem from a dramatic police take-down in Langley last June 18.The Kang brothers, who are linked to the Red Scorpion gang, were among several people charged last August with conspiracy to traffic fentanyl, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine, as well working to benefit a criminal organization.The Kang brothers and the RS have been involved in a violent conflict with the Brothers Keepers gang.So far, the Project Territory probe has led to 209 charges against 38 people.“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.Byrne said one of the vehicles was a Dodge Challenger Demon worth $200,000.She said those involved are buying high-end vehicles to launder illicit cash, but also just to enhance their image.“They always want to be flashy,” she said.If police have evidence of money launder, they will recommend proceeds of crime charges, she said. But they also work closely with the B.C. director of civil forfeiture to go after criminal assets in civil courts.Byrne said Boparai uses a wheelchair after having a leg amputated due to a medical condition. He also has the use of just one arm. Khan is about 5’8” tall.Anyone with information about the location of Khan or Boparai is asked to call 911.Boparai was also charged last summer with commission of an offence for a criminal organization, along with the Kang brothers.Kbolan@postmedia.comBlog: vancouversun.com/tag/real-scoopTwitter.com/kbolan