The Wolfpack first started in 2011, when three main gang leaders came together to start a business alliance: the Bacon brothers from the Red Scorpions, Larry Amero from the Hell’s Angels and James Riach from the Independent Soldiers.|
The first watershed moment in the larger conflict came with the murder of Gurmit Dhak, who was shot in the face, execution style, in an SUV in October 2010 at a parking lot of the Metrotown Shopping Centre. This started a long string of retaliation and tit-for-tat violence in the Lower Mainland.
|In August 2011 Red Scorpions’ leader Jonathan Bacon was killed in Kelowna (Hells Angels’ Larry Amero and Independent Soldiers’ James Raich were injured) Conflict pitted the United Nations gang and all the remnants and allies of the Dhak-Duhre group against the Wolfpack.|
It was revealed in court documents that James Riach was one of the gang members in a downtown Vancouver hotel bar when Sandip Duhre was killed there in January 2012.
|Sukh Deo had been living in Ontario since 2013 and lived in a palatial home in Oakville.||Larry Amero, Randy Naicker|
Sukhvir Singh Deo
|Sukhvir Deo was involved in drug dealing and was scheduled to stand trial in January after being arrested in October 2013 for trafficking cocaine and possession of property obtained by crime. Investigators seized 3 luxury cars — a Bentley, a Rolls Royce and a Land Rover.|
He moved to Toronto from Vancouver shortly after the murder of Independent Soldier founder Randy Naicker. His father, Parminder Deo is wanted on an Interpol warrant on drug smuggling and a raft of other charges laid in India.
Randy Naicker was killed on June 25, 2012
Sukhvir Singh Deo
|Former Vancouver gangster Sukhvir Singh Deo, 34, who was gunned down in Toronto June 7 had been involved in the Wolf Pack gang alliance between the Independent Soldiers and the Hells Angels. He was shot to death just before 3 p.m. near the busy intersection of Yonge and Eglinton.|
Deo was close to two original Wolf Pack members — Hells Angel Larry Amero and James Riach of the Independent Soldiers.
Don Lyons, Larry Amero, Sukhvir Deo
Jonathan Bacon in 2008 with Matt Johnston.
|Larry Amero and James Riach were targeted along with Red Scorpion leader Jon Bacon in a 2011 shooting in Kelowna. Bacon was killed, Amero and Riach survived. After the shooting, Wolf Pack members were in conflict with the Dhak-Duhre group.|
Paramedics work on Larry Amero
Jujhar Singh Khun-Khun, along with Michael Kerry Jones and Jason Thomas McBride are charged with the slaying of Jon Bacon
Leah Hadden-Watts, niece of Hells Angel, Mike “Spike” Hadden was left a paraplegic.
Rabih (Robby) Alkhalil was charged in the Duhre murder. He is a close associate of Hells Angel Larry Amero
|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.
Jon Bacon Murder Trial to be held without Jury
|The trial of three men charged with the murder of Jon Bacon in Kelowna five years ago will be heard by a judge with no jury. That's unusual for murder cases but both the Crown and defence have agreed to it.
Bacon was killed in August 2011 when his Porsche Cayenne SUV was riddled with bullets outside the Delta Grand Hotel in Kelowna. A masked gunman armed with an automatic weapon opened fire.
|Jujhar Khun-Khun, Jason Thomas McBride and Michael Hunter Jones have been charged with murder and attempted murder in the mid-day execution. The trial is scheduled to start next May, and is expected to last ten months.|
A high-security court room has been built and the cell blocks upgraded at a cost of about $4 million to accommodate the trial.
|Dustin Wadsworth, convicted last year for trafficking, died Tuesday of a suspected overdose. Wadsworth was closely associated to the WolfPack gang alliance. Hells Angel Damion Ryan and other associates have been posting their condolences on social media.|
Wadsworth was arrested in October 2014 after police seized 10 ounces of cocaine. His home was searched and police found $57,000 cash, cutting agents, drug paraphernalia and ecstasy pills. At the time Wadsworth was on bail on drug charges when he and Arash Younus were caught with $250,000 worth of drugs.
|Staff Sgt. Lindsey Houghton said that “it appears that Dustin Wadsworth, like many others associated to the often dangerous gang and drug world, has fallen victim to the same products that have claimed so many other lives. It doesn’t matter if you’re a long-time drug dealer, a hardened gang member, or a teenager experimenting with drugs for the first time, no one is immune to their potentially deadly effects”|
|Pick a motive, any motive, for the mob violence in Hamilton. Vendettas and retaliation are based on history, but at stake is control of the lucrative underworld businesses from Niagara to Montreal. The Musitanos, who are Calabrian, linked their organization with Montreal’s boss Vito Rizzuto, a Sicilian, who had long vied to control underworld markets in the Golden Horseshoe. Pat Musitano was introduced to Vito Rizzuto in October 1997.|
|There have been over a dozen unsolved shootings, explosions and killings in Ontario this year as the result of a power struggle that was sparked off by the December 2013 death of Vito Rizzuto, who was long regarded as Canada’s most powerful mobster. The leadership vacuum has attracted newcomers who are eager to challenge the old guard. It has also triggered intense infighting inside what’s left of the old Rizzuto organization in Ontario.|
The genesis of the Wolfpack was the Hells Angels, the Red Scorpions and the Independent Soldiers, who formed an alliance against the Duhre/Dhak group and some United Nations gang members in B.C. While the Dhak/Duhre group has lost strength with the execution of their respective leaders, the UN gang remains well entrenched.
Angelo Musitano was fatally shot in May.
Cosimo (The Quail) Commisso
| The Wolfpack is a rapidly evolving group disrupting established organized crime. Their members don’t have blood or ethnic ties or a code of conduct or even a rigid hierarchy. They’re generally young and tech savvy. |
In contrast, the ’Ndrangheta is steeped in a highly structured, quasi-religious criminal tradition. The violence is between the newcomers aligned with the Wolfpack, and the old guard in the ’Ndrangheta. The Commisso clan has a branch in the Greater Toronto Area, which is part of the wider Siderno Group.
|Mexican drug cartels have expanded their influence in Canada and have connected with the new aggressive groups like the Wolfpack, providing them limitless access to drugs. The violence between the newcomers aligned with the Wolfpack, and the old guard in the ’Ndrangheta, isn’t expected to end anytime soon, as the Wolfpack has aligned itself with enemies of ’Ndrangheta. Last month police warned two York Region men who are considered senior members of the Commisso family that there are credible threats on their lives. The men declined police protection.|