Police search Trail property in connection with Thai death of Jimi Sandhu

Gene Lahrkamp and Matthew Dupre, both 36, were identified by Thai police as the hooded hitmen who opened fire on Jimi Sandhu.

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Police on Tuesday searched a rural property in Trail owned by Gene Lahrkamp, ​​a suspected hitman who shot and killed a former British Columbia mobster in Thailand on Feb. 5.

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sergeant. Brenda Winpenny of the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit confirmed that anti-gang agency agents were executing a search warrant in Trail.

“UMECO is in Trail working with the local RCMP to conduct a search as part of an ongoing investigation,” she said.

Interpol notice regarding Gene Lahrman, suspect in the Thailand murder of Jimi Sandhu
Interpol notice regarding Gene Lahrman, suspect in the Thailand murder of Jimi Sandhu

While Winpenny said she could not comment on the nature of the investigation, Postmedia learned that the search was linked to the murder of United Nations mobster Jimi Sandhu at his beachfront villa on the island of Phuket.

A second search was underway in Alberta on Tuesday in connection with the murder plot, Postmedia also learned.

Lahrkamp and fellow Canadian Matthew Dupre were identified over the weekend by Thai police as the hooded hitmen who opened fire on Sandhu, 32, at around 10:30 p.m. local time.

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The Canadian military confirmed Tuesday that the two men are former members of the Canadian Armed Forces. Both are 36 years old and reached the rank of corporal before being released.

Interpol Notice for Matthew Dupre, Suspect in Thailand Murder of Jimi Sandhu
Interpol Notice for Matthew Dupre, Suspect in Thailand Murder of Jimi Sandhu

Daniel Le Bouthillier, head of media relations for the Department of National Defense, said in an email Tuesday that Dupré served from 2005 to 2013, while Lahrkamp was a member from 2012 to 2018.

“It would be inappropriate for us to comment further on an ongoing investigation by another law enforcement agency,” said Le Bouthillier.

The two Canadians fled Thailand shortly after Sandhu’s death. Thai authorities asked Interpol to issue a red notice for their arrest for murder. Although the notices have not yet been published on the Interpol website, they have been distributed to Thai media and have warned that the two “fugitives” are “armed, dangerous, at risk of escape, suicidal and violent”.

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Lahrkamp bought a 14-acre property on the outskirts of Trail in October 2017 for $180,000. It is currently valued at $295,000, according to BC appraisal records.

From there, he operates his dog-breeding business Mountain Mal’s, which he incorporated into the B.C. government on July 1, 2020, according to business registry documents obtained by Postmedia. He described the activity of his company as a guide, outfitter and breeder of Belgian Malinois dogs.

The Mountain Mal website offers a discount for military and law enforcement.

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In 2020, Lahrkamp was listed as a breeder in the Canadian Kennel Club herdbook.

But club manager Sarah McDowell said in an email on Tuesday that “we have checked our database and can confirm that Mr. Gene Lahrkamp is not currently a member of The Canadian Kennel Club.

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sergeant. Caroline Duval of RCMP Headquarters in Ottawa said in an email that “the RCMP are assisting the Royal Thai Police with an ongoing investigation related to a homicide in Phuket.”

“It would be inappropriate for the RCMP to comment on an ongoing investigation by another law enforcement agency,” Duval said.

Sandhu was born in India and moved to Abbotsford aged seven to live with his extended family. But after two assault convictions and his involvement with Lower Mainland gangs, he was deported for serious criminality in January 2016. He had also been charged with the murder of a Red Scorpion rival in 2014, but the prosecution was suspended a year later.

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