A biker gang has set up shop near a Kelowna school, prompting police to pay them a courtesy call.
The Kingpin Crew, which police say co-operates with the Hells Angels in Kelowna, has moved into a house near Casorso Road and Gordon Driv
e. Hundreds of school children walk past the clubhouse each day en route to Casorso Elementary, and parents are upset. "The location is in a quiet neighbourhood in close proximity to an elementary school. That caused immediate concern relayed to usâ€¦ from the neighbourhood and the school as well," said RCMP spokesman Const. Kris Clark.
An estimated 15 to 20 people belong to the Kingpin Crew as full-patch members, prospects and hang-arounds, according to the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit, a police team that focuses on organized crime. Its president is Dale Habib, who lives in South Kelowna.
Kelowna Mounties visited the clubhouse on Thursday evening to let members know that police are aware they're there. It wasn't a raid, said Clark.
"It was a courtesy call," he said. "We were seeing them, trying to minimize their footprint in the neighbourhood."
The Kingpin Crew rented a building on Highway 97 south of Kelowna Airport and used it as their clubhouse until last month. Members moved out after their lease expired.
Police allege the gang has been associated with drug trafficking, theft and violence.
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