Friday, September 23, 2022

The Habib Brothers and the 'Kingpin Crew' revisited - 'In your corner'

Surrey-based landlord Amit Chopra reached out to Kelowna mayoral candidate David Habib to help remove problem tenants from a drug house. Habib's solution was simple, board the property up with the druggies inside. “I’ve always been as I like to say, ‘in your corner,’” said Habib.
In Sept 2013 a truck exploded in the driveway of a home as the result of a bomb. The truck didn't just catch fire, it exploded in the middle of the residential neighbourhood in the middle of the night. The resulting fireball destroyed the vehicle and was labelled suspicious by fire crews and the RCMP. Cops dealt with 3 bomb cases that year, including when one blew up a truck owned by David Habib.
David Joseph Habib. His brother, Dale, was president of the Kingpin Crew, a disbanded puppet club of the Hells Angels. It folded in 2013.

Kevin Van Kalkeren
The Kingpin Crew sold drugs from Habib's 'Liquid Zoo' nightclub for many, many years, including mountains of cocaine from major operator Kevin Van Kalkeren. At some point Dale Habib and the Kingpin crew lost the support of the Hells Angels. David Habib tried to sell the club and building to a numbered company. A Liquor Control Branch investigation found that one of the new owners was Hells Angel President Damiano Dipopolo. The Branch refused to transfer the liquor license and the sale was unwound.

The nightclub's license was returned in late 2011 and Habib reopened on January 9, 2012 with a special anti-gang condition. 3 days later, cops did a walk through of the club and saw a known gangster/drug dealer wearing a cap with the gang’s insignia on it.

Damiano Dipopolo ex-HAMC Kelowna president.
Habib said that while he had heard of the Kingpin Crew and knew they were a motorcycle group, he didn't think they were a criminal gang.

Dale Habib
Quentin Michael JamesFormer 'Kingpin Crew' gangster Quentin Michael James received a 16 month custodial sentence on a cocaine drug trafficking charge from 2013. Cops seized various amounts of drugs, including cocaine, pot, MDMA, methamphetamine, ecstasy and psilocybin. Also seized was a bulletproof vest, brass knuckles, defensive batons, assorted rounds of ammunition and  $100k in cash.
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