Abbotsford gangster with nationwide warrant arrested in Kelowna – Kelowna Capital News

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A gang member wanted on a nationwide warrant was arrested Wednesday night in Kelowna, Vancouver Police say.

Pashminder Boparai, 30, of Abbotsford, was wanted for conspiracy to commit murder. The police announced the charges in late February as part of its Project Territory operation.

The operation is a part of a multi-agency initiative created by the Vancouver Police Department in March 2017 in response to increasing gang violence in the Lower Mainland. 

Vancouver police confirmed late last month that Boparai, 22-year-old Moeen Khan, 28-year-old Mustapha Ali and 23-year-old Nobin Malonga-Massamba had all been charged with conspiracy to commit murder as part of the ongoing anti-gang investigation by Task Force Tourniquet called Project Territory.

Three other men, Moeen Khan of Surrey, 22, Mustapha Ali of Ottawa, 28, and Nobin Malonga-Massamba of Ottawa, 23, were also charged. 

Ali and Malonga-Massamba, who are both from Ottawa, are currently in custody and face additional charges related to firearms. Police say Khan is still outstanding and are encouraging him to turn himself in.

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In February, police called Project Territory one of Metro Vancouvers "most successful multi-agency gang crime investigations," resulting in 209 charges against 38 people to date.

The Vancouver Police Department says Pashminder Boparai of Abbotsford was apprehended near Kelowna on Wednesday night.

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According to the Vancouver Police Department, Pashminder Boparai was wanted on a nationwide arrest warrant. He is now in custody after being apprehended near Kelowna.

At the time, investigators alleged the four are associated with the notorious Kang and Latimer group, which is said to be aligned with the Red Scorpions.

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Anyone with information about Khans whereabouts is asked to call 911. Tips can be left anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

We would like to thank the public for tips and acknowledge the Kelowna RCMP for their assistance. They were instrumental in helping capture Mr. Bopari, Vancouver Police Department Sgt. Jason Robillard said in a press release.

Abbotsford resident Pashminder Boparai, left, and Surrey resident Moeen Khan, 22, are seen in this undated police handout images.

Well continue to work collaboratively with our partnering agencies to combat gang violence that affects our communities.

In February, Vancouver police announced arrests and charges in relation to a multi-agency gang crime investigation: Taskforce Tourniquet and Project Territory. Boparai was wanted for conspiracy to commit murder.

Vancouver police say Taskforce Tourniquet was formed in March 2017 in response to increasing gang violence in the Lower Mainland. The task force now includes the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of B.C., the RCMP, the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team and local municipal police departments.

Vancouver police added that Moeen Khan, 22, of Surrey is still at large. If you have any information about Khan, you are asked to call 911 or Crime Stoppers at 1-888-222-8477.

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