Mysterious Plane Crash Kills 2 Suspected Gang-Linked Hitmen in Alberta, BC

Both Duncan Bailey, left, and Gene Karl Lahrkamp were wanted on charges related to gang murder and attempted murder.  The two men died in a mysterious plane crash last week.  (Duncan Bailey/Facebook, BOLO Top 25/CFSEU ​​BC - image credit)

Both Duncan Bailey, left, and Gene Karl Lahrkamp were wanted on charges related to gang murder and attempted murder. The two men died in a mysterious plane crash last week. (Duncan Bailey/Facebook, BOLO Top 25/CFSEU ​​BC – image credit)

One of two fugitives killed in a mysterious plane crash in Ontario is a former Calgary gangster with a long criminal record, including “extensive violence” offences, according to Canada’s Parole Board.

On Saturday, four men, including two pilots, were killed after a four-seat Piper PA 28-140 crashed in a wooded area near Sioux Lookout, Ontario.

Two of the men were wanted on gang murder charges, including Duncan Bailey, 37, who court records show has a long history of drug trafficking and racketeering-related offenses in both Alberta and Columbia. British.

He once served a 10-year sentence for kidnapping and aggravated assault convictions in Calgary.

At the time of his death, Bailey was awaiting trial for the attempted murder of Mir Hussain, who was shot in 2020 as he was leaving a Vancouver pub while carrying a baby in a car seat.

The second man wanted on warrants was Gene Karl Lahrkamp, ​​an alleged international hitman and former member of the Canadian Army who was charged with executing high-profile former BC gangster in Thailand.

Until his death on Saturday, there was a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Lahrkamp, ​​who was the second most wanted man in Canada.



Gang connections and rivals

It’s still unclear how or why Bailey and Lahrkamp ended up on the small private plane together.

But the two had connections to organized crime groups in BC that are affiliated with each other.

According to court documents, Bailey had ties to the Rogue Soldiers, which is connected to the Red Scorpion gang of BC and Red Deer.

Lahrkamp was accused of murdering Jimi Sandhu, who was once accused of killing a high level member of the Red Scorpions.



Sandhu, who was killed in February, was connected to the United Nations (UN) gang, which is a bitter rival to the Red Scorpions.

The UN and Red Scorpions have been involved in a violent fight for the control of the illegal drug trade of BC Lower Mainland.

BC’s gang unit is investigating the connections between the two men, which could help explain why they were on the same plane.

$400K seized from Okotok’s home

Hussain survived the 2020 attack but was fatally shot seven months later. No arrests have been made in that homicide.

In 2021, Bailey was accused of receiving nearly $400,000, seized from a house in Okotoks, in payment for the attempt on Hussain’s life. That money is now the subject of forfeiture proceedings in BC

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Bailey was out on bail pending his conspiracy to commit murder and attempted murder.

Last week, police issued warrants for Bailey’s arrest, accusing him of violating his release conditions on April 23 and 26.

Four days later, Bailey’s body was found in the wreckage of the crash alongside Lahrkamp and the two pilots, whose connections to BC mobsters are unknown.

Bailey sent to prison for kidnapping

Bailey has been in and out of prison for his entire adult life, documents from Canada’s Parole Board show.

The parole board’s decision, issued in November 2016, reversed Bailey’s release because, despite the suspended charges, his risk to the community was found to be too high.

“You have a criminal history that has shown extensive violence, including violence involving the use of weapons,” wrote board member G. Gunn in his decision.

Those documents stem from a 10-year prison sentence (seven years and 10 months with credit for time served) handed down to Bailey after a Calgary judge convicted him of kidnapping and aggravated assault in 2010, a year after the arrest. Bailey’s conviction for drug trafficking.

In 2014, Bailey reached her statutory release date, meaning she had served two-thirds of her sentence and was given parole in the community to help with reintegration.

Bailey on board: ‘I made a bad choice’

For a time, Bailey did well; she kept curfew and had cleaning and painting jobs.

But two years later, Bailey was charged after police found a Glock pistol in the back seat of his vehicle.

Bailey was charged, but the case was eventually dropped due to “search and seizure issues” with the investigation, according to the parole board document.

Hoping to be released again, Bailey told the board he had “made a bad decision” and called himself an “idiot” but refused to explain the circumstances of the gun.

The board was concerned, not only about the gun found in Bailey’s car, but also about the money he was spending.

Spending money from past crimes

One of the special conditions attached to Bailey’s release involved providing financial information to his parole supervisor.

The board raised concerns about the legitimacy of Bailey’s bank statements and found that earnings from his employment as a cleaner and painter were deposited into a bank account but never touched.

“It was determined that you were regularly using funds that were, in fact, criminal proceeds from some of your current index crimes.”

Bailey, the board said, was of the opinion that it was okay to use the proceeds of crime.

He justified it by telling them: “I’m already serving a sentence for that.”

But the board wasn’t buying it.

“Manipulatory behaviors are cause for concern and indicate an increased risk of reoffending,” Gunn wrote.

‘Operation Noon’

Before being sent to prison for the kidnapping, Bailey was involved in what Calgary police described in 2009 as the largest cocaine seizure in Alberta history.

In January 2008, the investigation, dubbed “Operation High Noon,” began investigating a drug trafficking ring between British Columbia and Alberta, involving the transportation of large volumes of cocaine between the two provinces, police said.

Police ultimately filed charges in 2008 and 2009 against 14 people after investigators seized 80 kilograms of cocaine worth approximately $8 million on the street plus more than $300,000 in cash.

Court records show Bailey pleaded guilty to drug dealing and received a three-year prison sentence plus a 10-year firearms ban.

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