Saturday, January 28, 2017

The Habibs and the 'Kingpin Crew'

In September 2013 Kelowna RCMP confirmed that a truck exploded in the driveway of a Rutland home as the result of a bomb. The truck didn't just catch fire, but exploded in the middle of the residential neighbourhood in the middle of the night. The resulting fire destroyed the vehicle and was immediately labelled suspicious by fire crews and the RCMP.

Cops dealt with 3 bomb cases that year, including on January 11th when a car bomb blew up a Ford Explorer owned by Dave Habib whose brother, Dale, is president of the Kingpin Crew, a now disbanded underling Hells Angels chapter. The incident occurred near the parking lot beside Christopher's Restaurant in the heart of the downtown core.
It is common knowledge that the Kingpin Crew sold drugs from Kelowna's 'Liquid Zoo' nightclub for years, including mountains of cocaine through major operator Kevin Van Kalkeren. It is suspected that, at some point, Dale Habib and the Kingpin crew lost the support of the Hells Angels.

Dave Habib, through his company Quail Place Estates Ltd., owned and operated the 'Liquid Zoo' when he tried to sell both the club and the building it’s in to a numbered company.
A Liquor Control Branch investigation revealed that one of the new owners was Hells Angel Damiano Dipopolo. The Branch refused to transfer the liquor licence and the sale had to be unwound.

The nightclub's licence was returned in late 2011 and Habib reopened on January 9, 2012 with a special anti-gang condition in place. Three days later, police did a routine walk through of the club and saw a man associated to the Kingpin Crew, wearing a cap with the gang’s insignia on it. Habib said that while he had heard of the Kingpin Crew and knew they were a motorcycle group, he did not think they were a criminal gang.
Damiano Dipopolo [48] At some point, Mr. Dipopolo acquired a one-third interest in a company called Liquid Zoo Holdings Ltd. On August 23, 2005, Mr. Dipopolo, together with the two other shareholders in Liquid Zoo Holdings Ltd., Messrs. Bruneau and Raffael, signed a promissory note for $350,000 payable to Amacon Management.

[62] Liquid Zoo Holdings executed a mortgage dated May 12, 2006, in favour of Amacon for the amount of $650,000. However, this mortgage was not registered until more than one year later, on August 10, 2007. Mr. Dipopolo appeared to consider the mortgage to be further security for Amacon's $350,000 loan to the three Liquid Zoo Holdings shareholders made about one year earlier, in August 2005.

Kevin Van Kalkeren

Quentin Michael James
Late last year former 'Kingpin Crew' gangster Quentin Michael James received a 16 month custodial sentence on a cocaine drug trafficking charge from 2013.

Investigators seized various amounts of drugs, including cocaine, marihuana, MDMA, methamphetamine, ecstasy and psilocybin. Also seized was a bulletproof vest, brass knuckles, defensive batons, assorted rounds of ammunition and approximately $100,000 in cash.
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