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Abbotsford gang member nabbed in Kelowna on Canada-wide warrant

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

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

“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 Vancouver police. “We’ll continue to work collaboratively with our partnering agencies to combat gang violence that affects our communities.”

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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.

So far, the probe has led to 209 charges against 38 people.


Pashminder Boparai, 30, of Abbotsford, and Moeen Khan, 22, of Surrey have been charged with conspiracy to commit murder. Boparai was arrested Wednesday but Khan remains at large and is wanted on a Canada-wide warrant.

Boparai was charged in February along with Surrey resident Moeen Khan, 22, and two Ottawa men — Mustapha Ali, 28, and Nobin Malonga-Massamba, 23.

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.

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

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 is asked to call 911 immediately. Information can also be shared anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-888-222-8477.

— With files from Kim Bolan

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