Saturday, January 21, 2012
The Habib Crime Family
Most of us commit some kind of crime. None of us are perfect. Jay walking is a crime. Speeding is a crime. Impaired driving is a crime. Even smoking a blunt is a crime. Yet so is murder and cocaine trafficking.
We know that in a democratic society there exists a presumption of innocence until proven guilty. That is an important charter right. Yet as I keep saying, it is not unlawful to say that someone was at one time charged with an offence even if that person was later found not guilty or the charges were stayed so to speak. Sometimes criminal cases don’t proceed because there isn’t enough evidence to convict someone or witnesses are too afraid to testify.
Let’s take a look at some of the crimes the Habib brothers have been charged with. Most recently, Mike and Sam Habib have been charged in a huge Oxycontin fraud. Yes they are innocent until proven guilty. Yet drugs were seized and there was enough evidence to implicate Mike and Sam to warrant a charge against them.
Mike and Sam are colourful characters. Once source claims Mike likes to throw around the name of the Hells Angels. He had a leased vehicle repossessed in Calgary. Sam was behind in lease payments on another vehicle and swore on the name of the Kingpin Crew that he would return the SUV. Only he didn’t and when we went public with that information, all of a sudden the leasing company didn’t want the SUV back any more. That was somewhat suspicious.
Speaking of owing people money for leased vehicles registered in other people’s names, let’s take a look at the murder of an auto broker in Calgary named Douglas Kuntz. He was murdered because someone owed him money. The people convicted of committing the murder claim they were hired by Sam and Mike’s brother, Dale Habib. Dale was in fact charged in that murder. Actually it was a double murder. Even though the people convicted of committing the murder told the court Dale was the one who hired them, that wasn’t enough evidence to convict him so the charges were stayed. He wasn’t found innocent. The charges were postponed. They were dropped leaving the door open for him to be charged at a future date if more evidence came to light.
There were two other murders in Kelowna where Dale was implicated. Dale was a friend and associate of Joey Verma who is on trial for murdering Britney Irving. Dale is also president of the Kingpin Crew a Hells Angel puppet club in Kelowna. Geoff Meisner was also murdered. When Britney’s body was recovered the police announced that Geoff’s murder was related to drugs. Geoff’s wife filed an affidavit in court trying to get him pronounced legally dead so she could sell some family assets. In that affidavit she admitted that Geoff was an associate of the Hells Angels and the Kingpin Crew. If he was an associate of the Kingpin crew, then he knew Dale Habib because Dale was the president of that club.
In steps Dale’s brother Dave. Dave was charged with assaulting a peace officer in 2001. There was a long list of appearances in that case. His lawyer applied for an adjournment on the case and that application was eventually successful. In 2006 there was another criminal charge against Dale Habib but there is a publication ban on those proceedings. Dale was arrested in Calgary and flown back to Kelowna for that trial. I'm trying to find the name of the Kelowna victim in that double murder.
Dave Habib owns a boxing gym in Kelowna. His personal boxing record wasn’t very good but he has other coaches that work there. He collected money to hold a boxing seminar for the youth in BC. One source claims the kids stayed at his brother Dale’s house, who had been implicated in that double murder and was the president of a Hells Angels puppet club. Not a very responsible place to let youth stay on a boxing seminar.
Dave also used to own a restaurant called Senior frogs. That restaurant had a suspicious fired and reopened as Champagne Charlie’s named after East Vancouver Hells Angels Guy Charles Stanley. Stanley was eventually kicked out of the Hells Angels and the name of the club was changed to the Liquid Zoo which was shut down a while ago for it’s ties to the Hells Angels. Not only did they let Hells Angels attend the nightclub in gang colours, a East Van Hells Angel named Dipopolo was a part owner of the establishment.
The Liquid Zoo lost it’s liquor license because the Liquor board agreed that the owner’s business relationship with a member of the Hells Angels made them not fit and proper to hold a liquor license. In steps Dave Habib. Dave helped the Hells Angels get their liquor license back. He claimed that he sold it to Dipopolo on the condition that the liquor license would be approved although no such agreement existed on paper.
Yet that wasn’t entirely true. Dave Habib sold Senior Frog’s which became Champagne Charlie’s. He didn’t own Champagne Charlie’s and sell it to Dipopolo to become the Liquid Zoo. If he had that would have meant he was business partners with Hells Angel Guy Charles Stanley which would have also made him not fit and proper to hold a liquor license. Yet, for some bizarre reason, the Liquid Zoo has reopened and Dave Habib is involved with it. That is shocking. It would appear that local policing efforts to clean up Kelowna has taken one step forward and two steps back.