A suspected international hitman who died in a plane crash in northern Ontario last week was a former member of the Canadian military who bred purebred dogs when he allegedly did not kill for hire .
Crash victim Gene Karl Lahrkamp, 36, of Trail, British Columbia, has offered special discounts on his Belgian Malinois puppies to buyers with police and military backgrounds.
When he died in the crash near Sioux Lookout last week, he was on the run from Royal Thai Police in the February 4 gangland-style murder of former British Columbia mobster Jimi (Slice) Sandhu in Thailand, the police’s Combined Force Special Enforcement Unit. of BC (CFSEU-BC) confirmed.
A notice from the international police agency Interpol had warned that Lahrkamp could be armed and dangerous, as well as potentially suicidal.
Mathew Dupre, 36, another former member of the Canadian military who was allegedly involved in gang activity, was also wanted in connection with Sandhu’s murder.
Dupre was arrested in Edmonton on February 20.
Lahrkamp was a relative newcomer to the underworld, said a former United Nations gang member who became a cooperating witness after being charged with murder, conspiracy to murder and attempted murder.
He said Lahrkamp could have been considered suicidal because he did not want to be sentenced in Thailand, where the death penalty is applied.
“I want to know who sent these guys to do this,” said the former UN gang member, adding that it was highly unusual for someone to be sent out of the country to kill someone if he had no experience.
“You don’t just commit your first murder in a foreign country,” the former UN gang member said, asking not to be named.
Lahrkamp, 36, was killed April 30 along with three others when a Piper PA-28 Cherokee plane crashed near Sioux Lookout in northwestern Ontario.
The OPP said the other people killed in the crash were Duncan Bailey, 37, of Kamloops, B.C., pilot Abhinav Handa, 26, of Richmond, B.C. and a fourth person, whose name has not been released pending notification of the victim’s family.
Bailey also had gang ties and was an active drug dealer, according to the former gang member. Bailey was released on bail after being charged with conspiracy to commit murder.
The former UN gang member said he found it strange that Bailey was on the same plane as Lahrkamp, as they had been on different sides in an ongoing gang war.
“The dynamic changes very quickly,” he said.
The private flight crashed en route from Dryden, Ontario. in Marathon, Ontario.
The CFSEU said in a prepared statement that Lahrkamp and Dupre both fled Thailand to Canada after Sandu’s murder.
Sandhu was a member of the United Nations gang, which is locked in an ongoing war with a set of gangs called the Wolfpack Alliance.
The Wolfpack Alliance started in BC, but it has a GTA connection. Members of the Wolfpack Alliance have been convicted of the June 2013 murder of Toronto’s Johnny Raposo on a College Street patio while Raposo was watching a football game on a big-screen television.
British Columbia company records show Lahrkamp was the sole owner of Mountain Mals of Trail, British Columbia, which was incorporated in July 2020 for the purpose of being a “Belgian Guide Outfitter, Breeder of Malinois”.
Lahrkamp held the rank of corporal when he left the military, having served from 2012 to 2018.
Dupre, 36, was in the Canadian Army from 2005 to 2013 and was also a corporal.
On April 26, the police Be On The Lookout (BOLO) program identified Lahrkamp as No. 2 on its “Top 25” of Canada’s most wanted people, offering a $100,000 reward leading to his arrest.
Lahrkamp and Duhre were accused by Thai police of being the hooded gunmen who shot dead Sandhu, 32, as he got out of his red sports car at 10.30pm on February 4 at his beachfront villa in Rawai on the island. from Phuket.
Thai police told the South China Morning Post that Sandhu’s killers tracked him down using a GPS device strapped to his car.
Sandhu was a former resident of British Columbia who was deported from Canada for serious criminality in 2016. He was nicknamed “Slice” due to a prominent scar on his face.
Sandhu was also charged with second-degree murder for stabbing Red Scorpion rival Matt Campbell to death in 2014, but the charge was eventually dropped.
Thai police said they used a metal detector to retrieve two 9mm handguns from the sea off Phuket.
The Thai Examiner reported that Sandhu had “lived a life of plenty traveling between Dubai and Southeast Asia” at the time of his murder.
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