An­other B.C. gang­ster shot dead in Mex­ico

Gang mem­bers naïve to think they can hide in for­eign coun­tries, RCMP sergeant says

Times Colonist - - British Columbia - KIM BOLAN

For the third time this year, a Metro Van­cou­ver gang­ster has been shot and killed in Mex­ico.

Jodh Singh Manj, 31, was gunned down af­ter leav­ing a gym in a com­mer­cial com­plex in the Mex­ico City neigh­bour­hood of Santa Fe.

He was get­ting into a ve­hi­cle in the build­ing’s park­ing lot with his wife when masked gun­men opened fire about 1:30 p.m. lo­cal time Wed­nes­day.

His Colom­bian wife was not in­jured.

Manj, who grew up on Van­cou­ver’s south slope, is a mem­ber of the United Nations gang and had been spend­ing long pe­ri­ods of time in Mex­ico for years.

Po­lice sources say he main­tained links with Mex­i­can car­tels to bro­ker bulk co­caine ship­ments to Canada that would then be sold by the gang.

He was a sus­pect in the 2012 mur­der in Port Moody of In­de­pen­dent Sol­dier gang­ster Randy Naicker, al­though Manj was never charged. Two oth­ers linked to the UN ear­lier pleaded guilty to hav­ing roles in the Naicker mur­der con­spir­acy.

Po­lice also say Manj’s violent demise in Mex­ico is likely an in­di­ca­tion that B.C.’s bloody gang war be­tween the UN and the Wolf Pack gang coali­tion has spilled over into that coun­try.

The Wolf Pack was formed in 2010 by some Hells An­gels, some In­de­pen­dent Soldiers mem­bers and some Red Scor­pion gang­sters.

On Aug. 24, Wolf Pack as­so­ciate and for­mer Metro Van­cou­ver res­i­dent Na­bil Alkhalil was shot and killed in a lux­ury car deal­er­ship in a wealthy sub­urb of Mex­ico City. His brother Robby re­mains in pre­trial cus­tody in B.C. charged with the 2012 mur­der of high-pro­file gang­ster Sandip Duhre in Van­cou­ver’s Wall Cen­tre.

And a week ear­lier, on Aug. 17, West Van­cou­ver’s Guiseppe Bugge, who po­lice de­scribe as a Hells An­gels as­so­ciate, was fa­tally shot in a posh shop­ping cen­tre in Guadala­jara.

Manj’s mur­der could have been in re­tal­i­a­tion for those of Alkhalil and Bugge, both de­scribed as “tar­gets of the UN,” sources told Post­media on Thurs­day.

One high-pro­file Hells An­gel was post­ing glee­ful com­ments on his In­sta­gram Wed­nes­day be­lieved to be ref­er­enc­ing Manj’s mur­der.

RCMP Sgt. Brenda Win­penny, of the anti-gang Com­bined Forces Spe­cial En­force­ment Unit, said Manj’s death shows that those caught in the violent gang lifestyle can’t es­cape it by flee­ing Canada.

“There have been mul­ti­ple mur­ders of gang mem­bers, many of them high-pro­file, in Mex­ico over the years and re­cently,” Win­penny said. “Gang mem­bers who think they can hide out in for­eign coun­tries are naive to think they will be able to es­cape the ram­i­fi­ca­tions of their neg­a­tive de­ci­sions and ac­tions — whether that’s from the po­lice or from those who want them dead.”

Van­cou­ver Po­lice Depart­ment Supt. Mike Por­te­ous said po­lice have been aware of Manj for more than a decade.

He said he was “al­ways in con­flicts with other gang fig­ures, in­volved in vi­o­lence across Greater Van­cou­ver, the south slope, drugs, most of the gamut of any kind of gang-re­lated crime.”

Richard Walker, a spokesman for Global Af­fairs Canada, said the depart­ment “is aware of the death of a Cana­dian cit­i­zen in Mex­ico. We of­fer our deep­est con­do­lences to the fam­ily and friends of the Cana­dian cit­i­zen.”

“Con­sular ser­vices are be­ing pro­vided to the fam­ily. Cana­dian con­sular of­fi­cials are in con­tact with lo­cal au­thor­i­ties to gather ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion,” he said.

Un­til last year, Manj was fac­ing charges of con­spir­acy to im­port and dis­trib­ute metham­phetamine, ec­stasy and pseu­doephedrine in Ore­gon, Cal­i­for­nia, Wash­ing­ton and Canada.

The U.S. at­tor­ney in Port­land, Ore­gon, al­leged Manj had con­spired with sev­eral oth­ers to smug­gle ec­stasy and pseu­doephedrine from Canada into the U.S., then trans­port metham­phetamine north to the Pa­cific North­west and into B.C. from 2008 to 2010.

In 2009, Manj was in­ter­cepted by U.S. agents talk­ing on the phone to the head of a drug traf­fick­ing or­ga­ni­za­tion about sell­ing him 15,000 ec­stasy pills.

Ac­cord­ing to U.S. court doc­u­ments, the charges against Manj were dis­missed in Fe­bru­ary 2017 be­cause the “de­fen­dant has not been ap­pre­hended, his where­abouts are un­known, and it would be dif­fi­cult to lo­cate the wit­nesses and exhibits nec­es­sary for suc­cess­ful pros­e­cu­tion of this case.”

Manj had con­vic­tions in B.C. for ut­ter­ing threats and vi­o­lat­ing court-or­dered con­di­tions.

He was one of sev­eral gang­sters stopped by po­lice in Van­cou­ver’s Kens­ing­ton Park in Oc­to­ber 2010 af­ter the fu­neral for slain gang­ster Gur­mit Dhak — con­sid­ered one of the ma­jor flash­points in years of gun vi­o­lence.

Po­lice be­lieved Manj and the oth­ers were meet­ing to plot a hit on a ri­val Wolf Pack mem­ber for Dhak’s mur­der. Two of Manj’s as­so­ciates car­ried guns and were later charged and con­victed.

In Septem­ber, a Van­cou­ver pro­vin­cial court judge stayed a charge against Manj’s older brother Aman in con­nec­tion with an as­sault at a Van­cou­ver night­club on New Year’s Eve in 2015 due to the length of time the case took to get to trial.

Aman Manj was also iden­ti­fied in a 2012 trial as hav­ing been hunted by gang ri­vals who were later caught with firearms in their ve­hi­cles and ar­rested by Van­cou­ver po­lice.

VIA VAN­COU­VER SUN

Jodh Singh Manj, 31, had links with Mex­i­can car­tels, po­lice say.

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