Vancouver Police announced today that charges have been laid against four men, and while two of these men are in police custody, the other two are still at large. Police have now issued a Canada-wide warrant for both Moeen Khan and Pashminder Boparai. These two men both face charges for conspiracy to commit murder and the police are asking for the public's help in locating them.
According to a statement released by the Vancouver Police department, both Noblin Malonga-Massamba, 23, of Ottawa and Mustapha Ali, 28, of Ottawa have already been arrested and are in police custody. These two men not only face charges for conspiracy to murder but also face additional weapon charges.
Moeen Khan, 22, is originally from Surrey while Pshminder Boparai, 30, is originally from Abbotsford and are both still wanted by police. Acting Inspector Lisa Byrne states that the reason that these criminals from Ottawa and Vancouver are connected is due to the fact that they are moving across the country to commit various drug trade crimes.
Byrne was not able to release too much information about the case in the conference that was held today but was able to release photos of the two suspects who are still wanted by police.
Vancouver Police are unable to comment on who these criminals were conspiring to murder, but they can confirm that it was someone else who is connected to the drug trade across Canada.
Police are stating that anyone who sees or knows the whereabouts of either Boparai or Khan should call 911 immediately. Crimestoppers is also available for those who wish to tip anonymously at 1-888-222-8477.
These charges and arrests were made through the Taskforce Tourniquet, which is one of Metro Vancouver's most successful gang crime investigations. A total of 209 charges of 38 individuals have been made through this task force.
This task force has consisted of multiple joint enforcement investigations and has seized more than 170 firearms, 10 kilograms of fentanyl, 40 kilograms of heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine as well as more than $2 million worth of cash, vehicles and jewellery.