Police claim to have disrupted murder conspiracy in Downtown Eastside of Vancouver

It's part of a crackdown on the Redd Alert and Independent Soldiers gangs

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      Three men have been arrested in connection with an ongoing drug war in Vancouver's poorest neighbourhood.

      According to Vancouver police, they were allegedly part of a "murder conspiracy".

      “This is a major break in the VPD’s ongoing efforts to reduce gang violence and protect vulnerable people who live in the Downtown Eastside,” Sgt. Steve Addison said in a news release. “We will continue to target those who prey on the vulnerable and incite violence in the community.”

      The arrests are a product of Project Thunder, launched last month by the VPD's organized crime section to target members of the Redd Alert and Independent Soldiers gangs.

      A police emergency response team took Vancouver resident Brian Kiraly-Miller, 26, and New Westminster resident Stefan Janic, 25, into custody on Saturday (October 12) night in Burnaby. They were charged with conspiracy to commit murder.

      The third man, 26-year-old Vancouver resident Cameron Oppenheim, 26, was arrested on Tuesday (October 15). He also faces a charge of conspiracy to commit murder and is being investigated in connection with a West End home invasion.

      None of the allegations have been proven in court.

      "We are still concerned about the proliferation of gun violence and brazen public shootings that have occurred in the Downtown Eastside," Addison said. "We will continue to focus our efforts on disrupting criminals that perpetuate violence in the neighbourhood.”