RCMP link B.C. gang violence to Mexican drug wars
Canadian police officials have said this week that increased gang-related shootings in the Vancouver area are directly linked to the competing Mexican drug cartels. This week B.C. police were successful in making several arrests, including that of a leader of the UN Gang.
Violence between competing Mexican cartels is squeezing the flow of drugs from source countries such as Mexico and Colombia through cities such as Los Angeles, one of the major sources for Vancouver-based groups that buy and sell illegal drugs, says Pat Fogarty, RCMP superintendent with the combined forces special enforcement unit. Gangs in the Lower Mainland are now fighting over the dwindling supply.
"The distribution lines have been disrupted," Supt. Fogarty said yesterday in an interview. "It's like in any marketplace - the demand stays high, but there's not as many distributors out there because the little guys get knocked off.
Ottawa anounced proposed legislation last month to toughen penalties for gang-related crime, and named a deputy solicitor-general to act as a gangs czar.
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