Todd Gouwenberg is the name of the United Nations gang member who was killed, last week, during the daylight hours in front of the Langley Sportsplex in Metro Vancouver.
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Prior to releasing his name to the public, the police let everyone know they believe Todd Gouwenberg’s nearly 20-year career as a gang member is why he’s dead. “His involvement in gangs spans almost 20 years,” is what the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Assistant Commissioner/head of Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU) Manny Mann
told the CTV News folks. Todd Gouwenberg
first began his 20-year gang history with the Hells Angeles who immediately recognized the value of his special skill set, as a professional fighter, to their collection business.
The thing to be mindful of is the fact that the gangs’ collection business isn’t like the credit card collection business. Unlike the credit card collection business, the gangs’ collection business doesn’t have a customer service department whereby a person can call in and set up a payment plan.
The gangs have to get their money pronto if they want to survive their dog eat dog world. The competition in gangland is fierce and those who don’t have the money to expand their territory will soon have their criminal business dissolved.
Therefore, the gangs have to employ people who look like Todd Gouwenberg and are really good at the art of physical persuasion in order to give folks, who owe them money, the encouragement they need to hand over the money that they owe to the gang. Todd Gouwenberg’s employment and job title as a “collector”
for the Hells Angels drew unwanted attention from rival gangs. One rival gang in particular, the Red Scorpions
, have spent the last 13 years causing a lot of hell for the Hells Angles and Todd Gouwenberg’s most recent gang employer, the United Nations gang. It was in 2012 when Todd Gouwenberg
was still employed with the Hells Angels gang, that the Red Scorpions decided to show the “Fighter,” as he is sometimes called, their expertise in the art of physical persuasion.
The Red Scorpions’ demonstration, however, fail to convince Todd Gouwenberg that he better find himself an employer whose checks are accepted at the local bank. The money with the gangs was just too good to turn down. Plus, he didn’t have to worry about paying any taxes on the money because the government doesn’t tax crime. So instead of tucking in his tail and running, Todd Gouwenberg
went on and found himself another employer, the United Nations.
And y’all remember how I told y’all that since 2008 the Red Scorpions have been causing a whole lot of ruckus in the gang world? In 2008, competition over who was going to control British Columbia’s drug trade business
led to the Red Scorpions partnering up with the Independent Soldiers and Wolf Pack in order to take out the United Nations gang.
Welp, the United Nations gang is still here. The Hells Angels don’t appear to be going anywhere. The Red Scorpions
are doing what they normally do which is partnering up with another gang. And the lucky gang that gets to call the Red Scorpions
their partner are none other than the Kang group.
All of this gang banging ain’t been good for anybody, though. This year to date there have been 15 victims
, including Todd Gouwenberg of the United Nations gang and Harb Dhaliwal of the Brothers Keepers gang, of all of this gang banging.
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And when you add in mamas, daddies, brothers, sisters, wives, children, cousins, aunties, uncles, grandparents, and friends who have to deal with the loss of a loved one to gang violence then the number of victims goes sky high.
It is for that reason the Vancouver Police Department, along with the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of B.C., got their synapses firing like lightening in order to find suspects in these killings so that they can put an end to the rising gang violence that is affecting so many throughout the province.
“Because of the victim’s long-time activity and associations, those motivations could be connected to something decades ago, or they could be linked to something much more recent,” is what Royal Canadian Mounted Police Assistant Commissioner/head of Combined Special Enforcement Unit Manny Mann
told the Vancouver Sun folks.
Along with his employment with the Hells Angels and United Nations gang, Todd Gouwenberg
worked in the drug business during the mid and late 90s. His name popped up on a wiretap when the police were recording a known drug trafficker, Allen Fehr, to whom Todd Gouwenberg
was speaking in coded language to talk about drugs.
Although Todd Gouwenberg
didn’t have to go to the pokey for his alleged drug connection to Allen Fehr, Todd Gouwenberg was convicted for keeping up ruckus, criminal mischief, and threatening to kill somebody.
All of that,
by the way, happened within a year’s time span from 1996 to 1997