WATCH: Homicide investigators and gang task force officers descended on a motorcycle gang’s headquarters in Campbell River this morning. About 60 officers carried out a raid on the Devils Army clubhouse in connection with the murder of a 30-year old Saanich man in March of 2016.
British Columbia’s anti-gang police have raided a Devils Army clubhouse in Campbell River in connection with the murder of a Saanich man in March 2016.
Investigators with the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of British Columbia (CFSEU) and the Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit (VIIMCU), along with Vancouver Island RCMP and municipal police speciality units, executed the search warrant at the clubhouse at 70 Petersen Road at around 8 a.m. Thursday morning.
John Dillon Brown, commonly known as Dillon Brown, was found dead inside his car near the west side of a one-way bridge to Sayward, about 75 kilometres from Campbell River, on March 12, 2016. Brown was a 30-year-old semi-pro MMA fighter from Saanich. He was also the father of four children, two of them born posthumously.
Before Brown’s body was discovered, Brown was last seen at around 1 p.m. on March 11 in Campbell River in his 2009 grey Honda Accord. Police called Brown’s death a “targeted” homicide.
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According to CFSEU, there has been an active investigation between the CFSEU-BC and VIIMCU since the homicide. The investigation has involved more than 100 police officers.
CFSEU said the Devils Army is a “‘1 per cent’ outlaw motorcycle club and has been in existence and based in Campbell River since 2009.” The Devils Army is known to be a support club for the Haney Hells Angels chapter. They currently have five-full patch members and two strikers, police said.
The gang task force and homicide investigators will be at the clubhouse for several days to search for evidence related to the targeted homicide. The investigation into Brown’s death is ongoing.
?While the investigation thus far has led us to executing a search warrant this morning at the Devils Army Clubhouse, we still believe that there are people who have been reluctant to speak with us who know details about the murder of Dillon Brown. We want to speak with you and we urge you to do the right thing and contact us,? Staff Sgt. Lindsey Houghton, a CFSEU spokesperson, said in a statement.
Anyone with information about Brown’s death is asked to call the Major Crime Unit tip line at 250-380-7740 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.