Suspected gang member from Abbotsford arrested near Kelowna – KelownaNow

Suspected gang member from Abbotsford arrested near Kelowna - KelownaNow
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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.

“We would like to thank the public for tips and acknowledge the Kelowna RCMP for their assistance. They were instrumental in helping capture Mr. Boparai,” said Sgt. Jason Robillard, spokesman for the Vancouver police. “We’ll continue to work collaboratively with our partnering agencies to combat gang violence that affects our communities.”

Abbotsford gang member nabbed in Kelowna on Canada-wide warrant

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 formed Task Force Tourniquet in March 2017 to address escalating gang violence in Metro Vancouver. The task force now includes officers from the anti-gang Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit, the RCMP, the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team and several municipal police departments.

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

Khan is the only one of the four who remains at large and police are encouraging him to turn himself in to authorities. Anyone with information about Khan’s whereabouts are asked to call 911. Information can also be shared anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-888-222-8477.

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The indictment, obtained by Postmedia News, says the four men conspired to commit murder with “Sameet Kang, Gary Kang and others” between June 4 and 19, 2018, in Vancouver, Burnaby, Langley and Maple Ridge.

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

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.

Pashminder Boparai, 30, was one of four men charged last month after a successful multi-agency investigation to disrupt gang violence in the Lower Mainland.

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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.

Additional firearms charges were filed against Ali and Malonga-Massamba in connection with a dramatic police takedown in Langley last June 18.

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

An Abbotsford man, who was wanted on a Canada-wide warrant for conspiracy to commit murder, was arrested Wednesday in Kelowna.

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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