Gangsters accused of plotting to kill Bacon brothers
Published Tuesday, April 21, 2009 2:21PM PDT Last Updated Friday, May 18, 2012 7:43PM PDT
Three men linked to the United Nations gang have been charged with conspiracy to kill B.C.'s notorious Bacon brothers.
B.C.'s Integrated Homicide Team laid charges Monday against de facto UN gang head Barzan Tilli-Choli, 26, member Karwan Saed, 32, and 23-year-old associate Aram Ali.
All three already face charges of attempted murder and accessory after the fact in connection to a February drive-by shooting outside a Surrey strip club. The gunplay targeted an associate of the Bacon brothers who was sitting in the back seat.
Monday's charges are the first that specifically identify the Bacon brothers -- Jonathon, Jarrod and Jamie -- as targets of UN gang violence. Police allege the brothers are at the top of the hierarchy of a rival gang, the Red Scorpions. The founder of the United Nations gang, Clayton Roueche, remains in custody in Seattle awaiting trial for trafficking charges.
IHIT spokesperson Cpl. Dale Carr says more charges are on the way.
"These types of investigations are complex, long term and resource extensive," he said in a statement.
"They often take a great deal of time to see results, often times coming in several phases. This is just another phase in a series of several."
The indictment against the men alleges they planned murders in multiple locations in British Columbia, Montreal and elsewhere in Canada. Police have not revealed any other details about the investigation.
Documents filed in B.C. Supreme Court against Tilli-Choli, Saed and Alinot allege more people were also involved in the murder conspiracy.
"We're hopeful that we are going to be in the position to get the evidence, the facts that will meet the standard for Crown to approve the charges and we'll go out and arrest those individuals as well," Carr said.
Meanwhile, Jamie Bacon remains in custody facing a first-degree murder charge in connection with B.C.'s worst gang murders in history -- 2007's Surrey Six slayings, where six people were gunned down in a high-rise apartment.
Two of the victims -- Ed Schellenberg and Chris Mohan -- were innocent bystanders.
Dennis Karbovanec pleaded guilty April 3 to three-counts of second-degree murder and one count of conspiracy in connection to the slayings.
A B.C. Supreme Court judge ruled the 27-year-old must spend at least the next 15 years in prison before he can apply for parole. A publication ban prevents news outlets from publishing key details in the case.
Police have linked the killings to a bloody gang war that has seen more than 100 shootings in recent years and almost four dozen since mid-January, more than 20 of them fatal.