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Gang moves in on island

The Brothers Keepers gang is making inroads on Vancouver Island.

The Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit confirms known gang members are attempting to expand their illegal drug network on the island. 

“They have been tracked running drug lines on Vancouver Island,” Sgt. Brenda Winpenny tells CTV News

The gang has traditionally been active in the Lower Mainland and Interior, but started its expansion to the island in 2016, the CFSEU says. 

Victoria Police have made two drug busts tied to the gang this year, seizing fentanyl, cocaine and thousands of dollars in cash.

"This is the second investigation that our crime reductions unit has conducted on people that we believe are associated with the Brothers Keepers on the Lower Mainland,” said Const. Matt Rutherford. 

It's unclear if the gang is recruiting on the island, but Winpenny says: "There is always that competition for who will hold that territory, and that can increase violence on the streets."

– with files from CTV Vancouver Island

 



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