The provincial government is suing to keep thousands of dollars in cash and a diamond ring seized from the Burnaby home of two murdered gangsters’ parents.
On Aug. 7, 2018, Vancouver police officers executed a search warrant at 3845 Fir St. and seized $22,300.05 in cash and a diamond ring, according to a notice of civil claim filed by the province’s director of civil forfeiture last week.
The home was the last known address of Gurcharn and Mohanvir Kang and their son Sameet, according to the director’s statement of claim.
Sameet is currently serving a 14-year prison sentence for drug trafficking for a criminal organization and conspiracy to traffic drugs.
His brothers, Gary and Randeep Kang are dead – Gary gunned down in January, Randeep fatally shot in October 2017.
The lawsuit alleges all are or were members of the Kang group, “an organized crime gang operating throughout B.C. and Alberta,” and the property seized from their Burnaby home was the proceeds of crime and should be forfeited to the government.
The director’s statement of claim argues Gurcharn and Mohanvir Kang “knew or ought to have known” about their son’s “criminal activity and lifestyle” since their sons had lived with them at times when police officers visited them to conduct curfew checks and/or warn them about threats to their lives or safety.
The lawsuit further alleges the parents operated two illegitimate companies “for the purpose of facilitating unlawful activity by the Kang group and their associates.”
The notice of civil claim then outlines a litany of criminal activity, including robbery, assault, possession for purpose of trafficking, mischief, possession of the proceeds of crime, attempted murder, impaired driving, flight from police and failing to stop at the scene of an accident, members of the Kang group have engaged in since 2010.
Along with the cash – which police found bundled with rubber bands and stuffed into shopping bags – and the diamond ring – which they found in Sameet’s room – the search warrant at the Kang’s Burnaby home also turned up a loaded automatic handgun, ammunition and various quantities of fentanyl, cocaine, heroin and hash, according to the notice of civil claim.
A response to the director’s notice of civil claim has not yet been filed.
The raid on the Kang home was part of a large Vancouver Police Department investigation, Project Territory, targeting the Kang brothers and Red Scorpion associates.
That project led to 11 people connected to the gang, including Sameet, pleading guilty to various charges.