Gang involvement a deadly risk in homicide capital

Andy Johnson (CTV.ca News) | December 26, 2010

Only a few years ago, a student selling marijuana in their local Abbotsford, B.C., high school was just another petty criminal, pretty low on the police radar.

Now, in the new era of B.C.’s growing drug-trafficking problem, that same student is taking a potentially deadly gamble, as hardened gangs fight for territory in the city located in the province’s agricultural heartland.

Chief Const. Bob Rich of the Abbotsford Police Department said the community has earned the title of Canada’s homicide capital two years running because rival gangs have waged a violent turf war.

Anyone even remotely connected to the drug trade — and that includes young people and even girlfriends of drug dealers — is at risk of being targeted.

Last year that included two high school students who were murdered despite only being “peripherally” involved, Rich said.

“Our warning to the parents is that even selling pot in the school puts your child at risk in the new world order,” Rich told CTV.ca in a recent interview.

Full article at: http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/TopStories/20101222/abbotsford-canada-murder-capital-101226/

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