Yes, that’s the headlines this morning across the Internet and I’m sure mainstream media, especially I’m sure, in Canada. This is still a breaking story, but here’s what some of what we know so far:
1. These two guys were from Kamloops, a town in the center of British Columbia Canada.
2. The Canadian RCMP have stated that these two are “persons of interest” for drug related activities in Canada.
3. One was carrying a gun. Having a gun in Mexico is like having one in Canada. If you have one its most likely because you are up to no good. Guns are difficult to get and not thought of as a means of protecting yourself if you are a regular law-abiding citizen.
4. Its been said they were involved in real estate in “Bahia de Banderas”? I deal with a lot of people in real estate development, and I’ve never heard or seen these guys before.
I think this is a case of two bad guys from Canada hanging out in Mexico because the heat was on to them back home and then got themselves involved on the wrong side of a drug transaction or they were moving into someone’s turf. And this can happen anywhere; Canada, USA or Mexico. Unfortunately, I don’t think its being portrayed that way so far in the media.
Will update as more information comes in…
From the Ottawa Citizen:
VANCOUVER — Two B.C. men gunned down Sunday in the Mexican resort town of Puerto Vallarta were involved in the drug trade, likely as “brokers” facilitating the shipment of cocaine to Canada, a police expert said Monday. Sgt. Bill Whelan, of the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU), said investigators in B.C. were well aware that Gordon Douglas Kendall and Jeffrey Ronald Ivans were living in Mexico and had underworld connections.
The two former Kamloops residents were executed early Sunday in a targeted hit carried out by several well-armed men who fled in two vehicles. Ivans also brandished a gun after the gunfire started, according to Mexican police, but did not get a shot off before taking several bullets to the head. The gunmen pumped a second round of bullets into each of the Canadians as they lay on the ground, according to Mexican news reports.
Whelan said the names of both Kendall and Ivans had surfaced in an ongoing drug investigation in B.C., but Whelan is not linking them to a particular gang or criminal organization. “Obviously, if you are going to be in Mexico and be taken out by Mexican cartels, you are working at a high level and you are probably not doing that by yourself,” Whelan said. “We knew what they were up to. We knew they were in Mexico.”
As brokers, they would have been the men on the ground in Mexico for B.C. drug traffickers wanting to get Colombian cocaine, Whelan explained. “Like any legitimate company, if you have got a product overseas that you want and you are importing it a lot, you would usually send a company member over there to ensure swift purchase and swift shipment of the product you want,” he said. “They have come up during a drug investigation. We can’t talk about that right now, as it is an ongoing investigation.”
The execution of the two appeared to be the “settling of a score,” a Mexican embassy press attache in Ottawa said Monday. “Nevertheless, the appropriate Mexican authorities are conducting an investigation to shed light on the case,” Alberto Lozano said. Ivans had a drug conviction in B.C.