Almost $ 400,000 paid for 2020 targeted Vancouver shooting, court says

According to the civil forfeiture case, Vancouver Police seized almost $ 400,000 that was the alleged payment for the 2020 Hussain shooting on Vancouver’s westside.

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It was a brazen Vancouver shooting outside a westside pub, targeting a man carrying his baby in a car seat.

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Two of the accused gunmen were caught by police shortly after shots rang out Oct. 6, 2020, just before 6 pm

Postmedia has learned that a third man with alleged links to the Independent Soldiers gang has now also been charged with conspiracy to commit the murder of Mir Aali Hussain, who survived the shooting only to be executed in Coquitlam last May.

Some details of the October 2020 murder conspiracy are laid out in a civil forfeiture case recently filed by the provincial government.

Toronto residents Liban Hassan and Ahmed Ismail were arrested near the Bells and Whistles pub on Dunbar at West 29th Avenue after a police chase. They have been in custody ever since.

The statement of claim filed in November by the director of BC Civil Forfeiture Office said that an Albertan named Duncan Bailey, described in court documents as an IS associate, was also involved in the murder plot.

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Dan McLaughlin, of the BC Prosecution Service, confirmed this week that Hassan, Ismail and Bailey are all now facing charges of attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder. A direct indictment in the case was sworn on Nov. 10, 2021.

Their next appearance in BC Supreme Court is scheduled for Friday. No trial date has been set yet, McLaughlin said.

No one has yet been charged with killing Hussain on May 22, 2021. Sgt. David Lee, of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team, said this week that the investigation is “ongoing still.”

According to the civil forfeiture case, Vancouver Police seized almost $ 400,000 in Okotoks, Alta., That was the alleged payment for the 2020 Hussain shooting.

The cash was seized on Dec.16, 2020 at the residence of a man named Sheldon Viney.

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“During the investigation, D. Bailey and S. Viney were identified as conspirators in the murder plot,” the director alleged. “The VPD located a series of text messages, that included photos of a bag with a large amount of Canadian currency. The messages indicate the currency is payment in the murder plot. ”

VPD investigates a shooting at Dunbar and 29th Avenue in Vancouver, BC, October 6, 2020.
VPD investigates a shooting at Dunbar and 29th Avenue in Vancouver, BC, October 6, 2020. Photo by Arlen Redekop /PNG

Bailey was arrested on Nov. 20, 2020 at Toronto Pearson Airport. Afterward, Viney got a text message from a Toronto phone and was then seen going to “an address connected to D. Bailey in Calgary.” He left “carrying a bag,” the civil suit said.

Less than a month later, the VPD executed the search warrant and found $ 389,070 in “seven shrink-wrapped bundles” inside a bag in a closet. The director said it was the same bag Viney was seen carrying away from Bailey’s residence weeks earlier.

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“The money was bundled or packaged in a manner not consistent with standard banking practices,” the statement of claim said. “Samples of the money were subjected to Ion Mobility Spectrometry Testing and tested positive for cocaine, fentanyl, fentanyl-T, butyrylfentanyl, Heroin + 1T, ketamine and methamphetamine contamination.”

The director wants the cash forfeited to the BC government as “proceeds and an instrument of illegal activity,” including possession for the purpose of trafficking, attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder and failure to declare taxable income.

No statement of defense has yet been filed by either Viney or Bailey.

Viney has not been charged in the murder conspiracy.

There are no details in the statement of claim about the possible motive in the Hussain shootings. Nor has the VPD or IHIT indicated why the father of two was a target though he was identified as being “known to police.”

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Bailey, born in 1984, was charged in 2005 in Kamloops with possession for the purpose of trafficking, but pleaded guilty to the included lesser charge of possession of a controlled substance.

He was also convicted in Alberta in a major cocaine trafficking case dubbed Operation High Noon, and sentenced to three years for “two bricks,” as he wrote on his Facebook page in March 2009. “Going to the pen soon,” he told his online friends.

While in prison, he was involuntarily transferred from Matsqui medium security institution to Kent maximum after he allegedly aided the stabbing of another inmate by standing watch. He successfully fought the transfer in BC Supreme Court and the warden was ordered to send him back to Matsqui.

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Ismail, his co-accused, is also facing a charge in Ontario related to the kidnapping and murder of a 16-year-old boy who was found dead on June 30, 2020.

kbolan@postmedia.com

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