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High-level gangster vanishes while on parole in B.C.

Vancouver Sun logo Vancouver Sun 2022-09-23 Kim Bolan
Shane (Wheels) Maloney. The B.C. gangster was charged as an alleged kingpin of a cocaine-smuggling ring that worked with Mexican cartels. © Provided by Vancouver Sun Shane (Wheels) Maloney. The B.C. gangster was charged as an alleged kingpin of a cocaine-smuggling ring that worked with Mexican cartels.
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Just two months after his gang associate escaped from a Lower Mainland jail, Shane (Wheels) Maloney has disappeared while out on parole in Vancouver.

Maloney, 45 and a wheelchair user, pleaded guilty in Quebec in 2017 to trafficking cocaine and possession of explosives and firearms while working for a criminal organization that included convicted killer Rabih Alkhalil and B.C. Hells Angel Larry Amero.

Maloney was the subject of a Crime Stoppers wanted poster issued earlier this week. It said that a warrant had been issued for his arrest on Sept. 16 for being “unlawfully at large” in violation of parole conditions.

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Maloney just had his full parole revoked on Sept. 12, according to a decision obtained by Postmedia on Thursday.

Parole Board member Ashifa Dhanani noted that Maloney’s behaviour while on full parole had deteriorated. He was hiding things from his community management team and growing increasingly paranoid that police were getting people to spy on him.

Dhanani imposed a number of conditions on Maloney’s statutory release, including a curfew, a ban on criminal associations and a requirement to disclose all his finances to his parole officer.

“The Board considered that your criminal offending is serious and included violence, weapons and involvement with a criminal organization. While you have not reoffended for an extended period, your thoughts and actions seem to be focused on whether your supports and strangers are collaborating with police to incriminate you,” the ruling said.

His associate, Alkhalil, escaped from the provincial North Fraser Pretrial Centre on July 21, while in the middle of his second murder trial.

Alkhalil had already been convicted of first-degree murder in the 2012 Toronto slaying of Johnny Raposo and sentenced to life with no possibility of parole for 25 years.

That detail was banned from publication until the end of Alkhalil’s murder trial for the January 2012 slaying of rival gangster Sandip Duhre in the lobby of the Vancouver Sheraton Wall Centre. Despite his escape, a Vancouver jury convicted Alkhalil in his absence on Aug. 29 of both murder and conspiracy in Duhre’s death.

Amero was convicted on two counts of conspiracy to kill — in the plot against Duhre, as well as that against gangster Sukh Dhak who was gunned down in November 2012.

Amero is back in court Friday for a case management conference. No date for his sentencing has been set.

Alkhalil got assistance in his jailbreak from two men posing as contractors at the Port Coquitlam jail. Neither has been arrested. Nor has the B.C. government updated the public on its investigation into the escape.

Coquitlam RCMP Cpl. Alexa Hodgins said Thursday that there’s no update on the Alkhalil investigation but that one would likely be provided in the coming weeks. Asked if a reward was being considered, she said: “Something like that.”

Maloney, Amero and Alkhalil were jointly charged in the Quebec case in 2012, along with dozens of others. The trio of B.C. gangsters, working for the Wolf Pack gang coalition, were identified as the kingpins of a massive drug smuggling operation importing up to 75 kilograms of cocaine a week through links to Mexican and South American cartels.

Months after Maloney pleaded guilty in Montreal and was handed a 10-year sentence, Amero had his drug charges stayed due to the length of time the case took to get to trial.

Details of Maloney’s involvement in the Quebec case are laid out in his parole documents.

“During the investigation, police searched a locker associated to you and they found numerous firearms, including prohibited weapons and prohibited devices. While under police surveillance, you were observed at a warehouse accessing a locker and leaving carrying a bag. Numerous assets were seized, including approximately $1 million,” the decision said.

“According to (the) file, you are associated to an organized crime group, however you deny this; police noted that you have the knowledge and influence to contact members connected to organized crime and have them carry out actions on your behalf.”

kbolan@postmedia.com

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