DELTA (NEWS1130) – Police have confirmed three men with gang-ties have been charged in connection with Jonathan Bacon’s murder.
Michael Jones and Jujhur Khun-Khun, both 25-years-old, and 37-year-old Jason McBride are charged with first-degree murder and charged with the attempting murder of the people who were with Bacon that day.
Bacon, a high-profile gangster, was gunned down outside the Delta Grand Okanagan hotel in Kelowna in August, 2011.
Officers with BC’s Combined Special Enforcement Unit say they arrested the trio in separate stings on Friday following an 18 month investigation into Bacon’s death.
The Red Scorpion gang leader was caught in a hail of gunfire as he entered a white Porsche SUV with four other people, including one woman whose injuries left her a paraplegic.
Hell’s Angels member Larry Amero and Independent Solider James Riach were hurt as well. Amero is now in jail in Montreal facing drug charges.
Chief Officer Dan Malo says 100 officers executed warrants to arrest the men without incident in Vancouver, Surrey, and Toronto.
“I’m convinced that we’ve disrupted violent crime that would have taken place in the province of BC in the days, weeks, and months ahead.”
Malo says this is going to shake up the gang community. “Associates of those individual gang members, I am told, are scrambling and are shocked and confused in terms of the way forward for each of the groups.”
Malo alleges Bacon’s murder prompted retaliatory murders that caused certain crime groups in BC to align.
Gang activity will start to quiet down: Criminologist
SFU Criminologist Rob Gordon says gang activity will be quiet now for a period of time because some of the major players have been taken out of action.
He says that won’t last though, and it will open up the door for other players to seize the market share.
“It still does disrupt the processes of the sale and distribution in the illegal drug trade,” says Gordon.
Gordon says the only way for things to settle down is if the underlying industry is addressed, but that’s not happening.
“That has to be addressed through social policy, not through criminal justice interventions and I think most people working in law enforcement and the correctional side of things understand that and recognize that they’re being asked to do an impossible task,” adds Gordon.
He adds this investigation is one of the most important in terms of public safety that has ever been conducted in this province.
The investigation was code-named E-Nitrogen.