Kensington Park gang arrests – ISER sentenced
CFSEU Clarification – Kensington Park gang arrests – ISER sentenced on two CFSEU files, one for five-and-a-half years and the second for two years.
A man arrested by the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of British Columbia on several gun charges was sentenced on April 26, 2012, to five-and-a-half years in prison.
The five-and-a-half year sentence ISER received was consecutive to a two-year sentence he received on March 21, 2012 on another CFSEU-BC file which included charges of possessing a rifle and uttering counterfeit money.
Christopher Henry ISER, 28, was charged on October 28, 2010, when he was arrested with several other people at Kensington Park in Vancouver following the murder of Gurmit Dhak. Mr. Dhak’s homicide had created heightened gang tensions and police from all over the Lower Mainland were working together to ensure public safety.
On October 27, 2010, CFSEU-BC officers came across a group of men, well-known to police, who had gathered in mid-afternoon in a busy community park where families were enjoying outdoor activities. Some of the men were in possession of loaded firearms. “Gang members carrying guns and engaging in violent encounters particularly in public areas are at the top of our priority list. It’s just a matter of time before CFSEU-BC is knocking on your door,” says Superintendent Tom McCluskie.
ISER was sentenced on a number of charges including possession of a loaded restricted/prohibited firearm, being in a vehicle knowing that a firearm was inside and possession of a prohibited device. Of note, he was also sentenced to six months for breaching a firearm prohibition.
“I’m very pleased with the recent sentencing of Christopher ISER. But make no mistake about it, we still have a lot of work to do, and this conviction serves as only one of many to follow,” Supt. Tom McCluskie adds.
Co-accused Pedram Taromi Nejad SHIRAZI, 27, pleaded guilty in January to charges relating to the possession of two loaded automatic rifles found in a Jeep in Kensington Park. He was sentenced to five years in prison in January.
Sgt. Bill Whalen