Sunday, June 5, 2016

The 'Wolfpack' alive and well

Jonathan Bacon
It’s been nearly five years since the head of the Red Scorpions gang, Jonathan Bacon, was gunned down in Kelowna, but his name is still being brought up today. That’s because of a different gang Bacon was a part of, called The Wolfpack. The group first started in 2011, when three main gang leaders came together to start a business alliance: Bacon, from the Red Scorpions, Larry Amero from the Hell’s Angels and James Riach from the Independent Soldiers.

“The coming together of those three main leaders was the beginning of the Wolfpack,” Staff Sgt. Lindsey Houghton of the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit says.

Larry Amero

James Riach
The investigation into the ‘The Wolfpack’ led to a residence in Surrey last month. Kamloops RCMP obtained a search warrant for the residence, where Oxycodone pills, seven pounds of Marijuana and cocaine was found. Some of the pills contained fentanyl. Michael Ross, a 27-year-old man, was arrested at the scene and has been charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking and possession of a firearm when prohibited. Two days before that on May 26, police arrested Christopher Pace and Bruce Davis in Kamloops. Davis was found with a .45 calibre handgun, .25 calibre handgun and a Tec 9 automatic.

The 'Wolfpack' dominates the Kamloops drug trade.

Seized Independent Soldiers gear
Kamloops RCMP say during raid on a home in Agassiz on June 2, 2016 by officers from the Targeted Enforcement Unit, Agassiz and Chilliwack seized 17 firearms, including two folding stock rifles, two sawed-off shotguns, ammunition, scopes and magazines.

No arrests were made during the execution of the search warrant, but charges are expected to be laid. On June 1 RCMP announced the results of a four month investigation into the gang which resulted in 10 arrests and the seizure of drugs, guns and ammunition.

Jody York with Jayme Russell former Kamloops leader of the Independent Soldiers