Arrest cuts "the heart" out of emerging gang(Canad

American organized crime groups included traditional groups such as La Cosa Nostra & the Italian Mafia to modern groups such as Black Mafia Family. Discuss the most organized criminal groups in the United States including gangs in Canada.
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Unread post by Azure9920 » April 25th, 2008, 8:21 am

Arrest cuts 'the heart' out of gang, police say

ANUPREET SANDHU BHAMRA

April 25, 2008

Vancouver police have arrested the alleged leader of emerging gang "Game Tight Soldiers" and sent him back to Barrie, Ont., where he is wanted on an outstanding warrant.

Police said that by arresting 34-year-old Stephen Philip King they have "cut the heart out of the gang," which is also known as GTS.

The gang is allegedly involved in the drug trade and violent activities, according to Inspector Dean Robinson of the Uniform Gang Task Force.

Police allege Mr. King and his associates made money by preying on drug addicts in the Downtown Eastside.


"They profited by using violence and intimidation" and made a substantial profit, Insp. Robinson said yesterday in a news conference.

Shown on a police video, a heavily tattooed Mr. King was escorted in handcuffs to the Vancouver airport by police officials.

Mr. King was arrested and sent back to Ontario comes as Vancouver police target alleged criminals hiding in Vancouver.

The arrest will serve as a message to others in hiding in the city, police said.

Mr. King and his gang have been on police radar since November, according to police, who allege that Mr. King and four of his associates were wearing bulletproof vests when checked by officers recently in the Downtown Eastside. This was an indication that the gang had expectations of "engaging in violence," police alleged.

Mr. King moved permanently to Vancouver in 2006, though he went back and forth between Ontario and British Columbia. Police said Mr. King had "common and chronic" contact with Vancouver police between late 2006 and 2007, but didn't say if he was arrested during this time in Vancouver. A total of 54 entries mark his record in the Vancouver Police Department, according to Insp. Robinson.

Police said that by arresting Mr. King they have fractured the group, but will monitor the 10 other GTS associates for signs of reorganization.

GTS was also building its brand identity, according to the police. They found the initials GTS on T-shirts and ball caps worn by gang associates. Some of the associates had the initials tattooed on their hands. Police could not confirm if GTS is part of an existing bigger gang or if it worked independently.

Mr. King is wanted in Ontario on a breaking-and-entering charge dating back to 2000 and on a charge of fraud over $5,000.

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Unread post by flame_guards_member1 » April 25th, 2008, 12:16 pm

Never heard of 'em.

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Unread post by Azure9920 » April 25th, 2008, 3:07 pm

Me neither...I thought it was relevant though..

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Unread post by Trey » May 9th, 2008, 6:28 pm

im from vancouver and the Game Tight Soldiers are unheard of.. no one knows who they are...

United Nations and Independent Soldiers are known and feared.. Hells Angels obviously youve heard of them.. Triads..

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