The RCMP's gang suppression unit in British Columbia says it has charged several people involved in what it calls a "prominent and violent" gang after a three-year investigation into a group known as the Brothers Keepers.
In a media briefing Thursday in Surrey, B.C., the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU) revealed the results of its Brothers Keepers Task Force investigation, which began in 2018.
Police announced a total of 27 criminal charges, mostly for drug trafficking, against six people, two of whom remain at large.
The CFSEU said the Brothers Keepers are tied to an uptick in opioid trafficking across B.C.
"CFSEU has noticed several trends within the Brothers Keepers group, including how they aggressively sought to expand into new markets throughout British Columbia, utilizing reduced drug prices, product branding such as purple fentanyl and increased street level drug potency," Sgt. Duncan Pound said.
Over the course of the investigation, police said they executed seven search warrants across the province, during which they seized more than 11 kilograms of drugs including cocaine, methamphetamine and fentanyl; laboratory equipment and precursor chemicals used to produce and process synthetic drugs; a loaded .40 calibre pistol; and more than $50,000 in cash.
The names of those charged are:
Amandeep Singh Kang, 29, from Vancouver, who faces five charges;
Andrew Miguel Best, 21, from Vancouver Island, who faces four charges;
Dylan Robert Ferris, 22, from Surrey, who faces five charges, including one firearms charge;
Jannat Bibi Nadeem, 21, from Surrey, who faces five charges;
Moshmem Khanun Khan, 45, from Surrey, who faces four charges;
Tanisha Bhatti, 25, from Vancouver, who faces one charge.
Kang, Ferris, Best and Bhatti have been arrested and remain in custody. Khan was arrested and released from custody.
Nadeem has not been found by police and a warrant has been issued for her arrest.