Local police agencies have delivered a major blow to Lower Mainland gangsters in one of the most successful gang crime investigations in B.C. history. Task Force Tourniquet has resulted in the seizure of more than 120 firearms, 50 kilograms of drugs, and more than $1.6 million worth of cash and jewelry. The police agency are also looking into links with the Punjabi music scene, to see how money was washed through the system.
Task Force Tourniquet, was formed in March 2017 in response to increased gang violence in the Lower Mainland.
High end cars used in some of some Punjabi videos have been recovered, as well as several links between Punjabi artists and the gang scene. The possibility of drug/firearm money being washed through Punjabi music scene seems like a real one.
“This task force is a combined, proactive effort to target known offenders for future offences, with the goal of significant jail time for key individuals in the Lower Mainland gang conflict,” says Superintendent Mike Porteous, VPD Investigative Services.
The multi-agency task force has completed several projects over the past 18 months, including projects Tariff, Temper, Triplet, Treachery, and most recently, Project Territory.
“Successes like this investigation could not come about without significant coordination, collaboration, and communication at all levels. The seizure of deadly firearms and drugs in this investigation will undoubtedly save lives,” says Superintendent Brian Gateley, Acting Chief Officer of the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of British Columbia. “This joint investigation and the tenacity of all the officers and support staff involved to disrupt, dismantle, and ultimately take down this criminal organization, is an excellent example of how determined we are in British Columbia to stemming the tide of gangs and gang violence.”
Project Territory alone has resulted in the seizure of a pressure cooker improvised explosive device, 93 firearms, 59 prohibited devices, more than 9.5 kilograms of fentanyl, close to 40 kilograms of other illicit drugs, $833,000 cash, $800,000 worth of jewelry, and collector cars valued at $350,000.
Task Force Tourniquet was initiated by the Vancouver Police Department in March 2017, in response to the gang violence in the Lower Mainland.
In September 2017, the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of BC (CFSEU-BC) joined the task force, and in January 2018, all Lower Mainland agencies had resources committed, including: The task force has targeted four major, violent crime groups in the ongoing gang conflict in British Columbia, and investigated multiple offences, including murders, shootings, and other violent crimes.
Several projects were initiated by Task Force Tourniquet, including Tariff, Temper, Triplet, Treachery and, most recently, Territory.
Project Tariff targeted the Heer/Dhillon/Samra crime group. A five-month VPD investigation, initiated in March of 2018, resulted in:
seizure of ten firearms
seizure of more than two kilograms of heroin, fentanyl, and fentanyl analogues
arrest of 11 Lower Mainland-based gang associates
79 criminal charges (pending trial)
Project Temper targeted the Gill crime group in May 2017, and resulted in:
seizure of four firearms
arrest of seven individuals
24 criminal charges (pending trial)
Project Triplet resulted from a police-initiated interdiction event in February 2018 where two individuals were believed to be about to commit a serious indictable offence. It resulted in:
six criminal charges against two individuals
seizure of one firearm
Project Treachery targeted the Grewal/Dhaliwal crime group and was initiated in the fall of 2017. During the course of this investigation, investigators learned that a farmhouse at 4096 240th Street in Langley was being used by gang members. Officers executed a search warrant on November 13, 2017, and recovered the following items on December 5, 2017:
two improvised explosive devices
three assault rifles
eight stolen vehicles
more than 600 rounds of ammunition
more than 500 marijuana plants
The investigation is ongoing and investigators expect criminal charges in the future.
Project Territory targeted the Kang/Latimer group. A 17-month investigation initiated in March 2017 resulted in:
92 criminal charges against 14 individuals
seizure of 93 firearms
seizure of one pressure cooker improvised explosive device
seizure of 59 prohibited devices
seizure of more than 9.5 kilograms of fentanyl
seizure of close to 40 kilograms of other illicit drugs
seizure of $833,000 cash
seizure of $800,000 worth of jewelry
seizure of $350,000 worth of collector cars
The criminal offences included drug trafficking, firearms possession, proceeds of crime, and participation in a criminal organization.
The Kang/Latimer Group
The Kang group is composed of members of the Kang family, including Sameet Kang, Gary Kang, Randy Kang (deceased), their parents, and other close associates.
The Kang Group is closely aligned with the Red Scorpions Gang, specifically with Jamie Bacon and Kyle Latimer. It’s believed they share common interests in drug lines, and that they commit violence at the behest of or for one another.
The Kang/Latimer group also been in conflict with multiple groups over the past 18 months, and their allegiances remain fluid and ever-changing.
Project Territory charged persons:
Kyle LATIMER (age 27)
Sameet KANG (age 26)
Gary KANG (age 22)
Craig LATIMER (age 55)
Csongor SZUCS (age 29)
Anduele PIKIENTIO (age 22)
Jacob PEREIRA (age 25)
Jitesh VAGH (age 37)
Kristoffer GHUMAN (age 21)
Pashminder BOPARAI (age 29)
Manveer BRAICH (age 30)
Ranbir KANG (age 48)
Mohanbir KANG (age 50)
Gurcharn KANG (age 68)
Project Territory unindicted co-conspirators: