LPD makes three arrests while acting on warrant
The Service de police de Laval indicates that the investigators of its organized crime unit carried out during the last days of July the execution of a warrant while making three arrests in the context of two separate files involving urban violence. recent in Laval.
On July 27, LPD officers, with the assistance of the Montreal Police Department, arrested 18-year-old Algo Bryan Fotso Youmby in Laval while seizing a firearm and quantities of narcotics.
According to the LPD, Fotso was known to police for his associations with criminals, including Laval street gang members.
During the operation, a P80 polymer handgun was seized, along with a Glock ammunition magazine containing 13 9mm rounds, along with two iPhones, a laptop, a purse and 2.20 grams of crack wrapped in 19 packages.
Algo Bryan Fotso Youmby faces charges of possession of firearms as well as possession of crack cocaine. He was arraigned at the Laval courthouse on August 2.
On July 31, during an interception related to routine road safety checks, LPD officers stopped a vehicle with two occupants. After verification, they arrested the 45-year-old driver for possession of firearms, possession of narcotics, breach of court-ordered conditions and possession of false identity documents.
A 29-year-old female passenger was also arrested for possession of firearms, possession of narcotics and breach of conditions. A search of the suspects and the vehicle also led to the seizure of a revolver, eight cartridges and narcotics, including 23 amphetamine tablets.
Both were arrested at the Laval courthouse and remained detained until their next court appearance.
A Laval man among those arrested for drugs by the RCMP
On July 5, an RCMP investigation resulted in charges being laid against three individuals, including one from Laval, involved in money laundering with alleged ties to Colombian criminal organizations.
The three individuals are Yan Trépanier, 49, of Laval; Andrew Barera, 35, of Montreal; and Michael-Joey D’Opéra, 27, of Laval.
The Integrated Proceeds of Crime Investigation, launched in March 2020 in response to a tip-off from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), found that these individuals had laundered more than $18 million in less than a year.
Search warrants executed in July 2021 resulted in officers seizing $46,000 in cash, firearms and prohibited devices, a silencer and accounting books.
The investigation was conducted in collaboration with the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Center of Canada (FINTRAC), the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and the Forensic Management Group (FAMG).
The three defendants appeared on July 15 at the Montreal courthouse. Charges of Laundering Proceeds of Crime, Conspiracy to Import and Possession of Narcotics for the Purpose of Trafficking, and Possession of Firearms and Prohibited Devices have been laid in this case.
Suspect in Montreal and Laval shootings deemed dangerous but released
According to court documents, Abdulla Shaikh, 26, was killed by police on Thursday August 4eduring a massive operation at a motel near Marcel Laurin Boulevard, was released from a mental health facility even though a psychiatrist considered him a “significant risk to public safety”.
The documents, obtained by Radio-Canada, also show that Abdulla Shaikh had previously been diagnosed with schizophrenia.
Following recommendations, the Tribunal administratif du Québec — which deals with cases related to mental illness — ordered Shaikh to be released in March 2022 from a psychiatric facility, with conditions.
The release conditions were imposed to ensure that health authorities could monitor Shaikh’s progress.
By this time, Shaikh’s health was improving, the decision reads. But the court said he could resort to ‘unpredictable and aggressive’ acts if his mental illness worsened.
“Without a legal and therapeutic framework, his situation would deteriorate and lead to the return of the context of dangerousness [behaviours]“, we read in the decision of the court.
Police believe the 26-year-old killed two men in Montreal on Tuesday evening August 2n/a and another the following night in Laval. The victims had no chance since they were shot in the head.
Shaikh had had several run-ins with the law, including charges of sexual assault, assault causing bodily harm and uttering threats, according to court documents. In 2018, he was arrested for trespassing at the Montreal airport for several days in a row.
In one instance, according to court documents, Shaikh was in a restricted area of the airport and burned his passport with a lighter. In November of that year, he was found not criminally responsible for his actions. Shortly after, he was diagnosed with schizophrenia.
As part of his release, the court ordered Shaikh to abide by the following conditions: live in a hospital-approved home, follow the recommendations of the team treating his condition, abstain from drug use, keep the order and submit to urinalysis when asked. . The March decision also gave the Laval regional health authority the power to tighten the conditions of his release.
The written decision ends with a statement that Shaikh’s case would be reviewed and a new hearing would take place within a year.
Shaikh’s brother, who acknowledged the suspect’s mental health issues but also said he did not believe the 26-year-old was responsible for this week’s fatal shooting.
According to preliminary information provided to the Quebec police watchdog, the Bureau of Independent Investigations (BEI), Montreal police officers were confronted by a man armed with a firearm during Thursday’s operation. Shots were fired and Shaikh died at the scene.
His death means that there are now two investigations: one into the three fatal shootings on Tuesday and Wednesday which is now being handled by the major crimes unit of the Sûreté du Québec, and another which will focus on the actions of the Montreal police (SPVM) during the operation that killed Shaikh. A spokesperson for the SQ said much of its investigation is trying to establish a motive for the random killings.