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nabbed Irish national described as one of the most wanted criminals in Canada arrested for murder

D'Monte (44) who is of Irish origin was the leader of the gang, which is also known as the ‘Global United Nations Syndicate’ or ‘GUNS’

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Conor Vincent D'Monte, the alleged leader of the GUNS criminal gang based in British Columbia

Conor Vincent D'Monte, the alleged leader of the GUNS criminal gang based in British Columbia

Conor Vincent D'Monte, the alleged leader of the GUNS criminal gang based in British Columbia

An Irish national described as one of the most wanted criminals in Canada has been detained in Puerto Rico for murder.

Conor Vincent D'Monte, the alleged leader of the GUNS criminal gang based in British Columbia, was captured in Isla Verde by the Violent Offenders Task Force of the US Marshals Service.

D'Monte has been identified by Canadian authorities as the leader of the British Columbia chapter of the criminal organisation ‘The United Nations’ which is named for the diverse ethnic origins of its members and includes Canadians of European, Asian, Eastern and Iranian origin.

The gang which uses other names such as ‘Canada United’ or ‘Canadian United’, began operating in the Vancouver area of British Columbia, and in recent years had managed to expand throughout the rest of Canada.

The El Vocero De Puerto Rico newspaper reports that, according to the Sheriffs in Puerto Rico, D'Monte (44) who is “of Irish origin”, was the leader of the gang, which is also known as the ‘Global United Nations Syndicate’ or ‘GUNS’ between 2008 and 2009.

“D'Monte has been wanted for more than a decade, since a Canada-wide arrest warrant was issued on January 24, 2011 for first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in violation of Canadian law,” the paper reports.

“The case dates back to May 2009, when D'Monte and other gang members were accused of conspiring to murder rival gang members, using pistols, rifles and automatic weapons.”

D’Monte faces charges of first-degree murder and conspiracy to murder one or more persons using a firearm. In May 2009, according to the US Marshals Service, gang members, including D’Monte, conspired to murder rival gang members, including the notorious Bacon brothers and their associates.

The Bacon Brothers, Jonathan, Jarrod, and Jamie, a trio of gangsters from Abbotsford, British Columbia are suspected of multiple firearms and drug trafficking charges and have been implicated in a rash of homicides that took place in the Fraser Valley and Greater Vancouver area.

Jonathan, the oldest brother, was murdered in Kelowna on August 14, 2011.

Canadian authorities allege that D'Monte was involved in the murder of Bacon brother associate, Kevin LeClair, a high-ranking member of the Red Scorpions gang who was gunned down outside a shopping mall on February 6, 2009.

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"Conor D'Monte and his colleagues are responsible for a level of gang violence unprecedented in British Columbia history,” Commissioner Trent Rolfe said in a statement.

The Canadian Mounted Police issued bulletins to various global law enforcement agencies, including Interpol and the Marshals Service Violent Offenders Unit, who tracked down D’Monte in Puerto Rico, who was living on the island under a false identity.

Although he had lost weight, unique features including tattoos of a tiger and a dragon, a piercing in his left eyebrow and a double mole on his right cheek helped authorities confirm his identity.

It was reported that federal marshals "achieved the arrest of D'Monte in the Isla Verde area through a high-risk vehicular intervention”.

The operation was reportedly carried out by agents specially trained in arresting leaders of international and local criminal organisations.

The US Marshal in Puerto Rico, Wilmer Ocasio, thanked the agents who collaborated in the arrest.

“Today you see the end result and Conor Vincent D’Monte will finally face justice,” said Ocasio.

As we always mention and reaffirm in pointing out, the Federal Marshals Service continues to work together with our sister agencies of law and order, state and international, in the search for these violent fugitives.

“With this significant arrest, we continue to send the message to fugitives thinking of evading justice: the issue is not when or where we are going to catch you, it is a matter of time, we will catch you and bring you to justice.”

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