reputed head of a violent African street gang faction has been nabbed on new drug-trafficking charges in Winnipeg, despite being ordered kicked out of Canada years ago. Bosco Justin Laki, 25, was arrested early Thursday after a police foot chase in the West End. Cops had pulled over a car for a traffic stop and one of the men inside fled on foot, cops said. A small amount of cocaine, pot, cash and three cellphones were seized, police said. Laki, who left Sudan as a teen and arrived in Canada in 2000, has been fingered by police as a former member of the African Mafia street gang who broke from the notorious group due to internal issues to head up his own faction dubbed All About Money or ABM. ABM has been linked to overtly violent acts in the past, such as the shooting of now-rival African Mafia members in a car on busy Pembina Highway in 2008. Laki is no stranger to the Canadian justice system. In 2007, he was handed a 20-month jail sentence for trafficking in cocaine. He was ordered deported as a result of that conviction. He was also arrested in April 2010 and accused of further drug crimes. A father of a young child and the son of a Winnipeg minister, Laki fought being kicked out of Canada but lost that battle in July 2010 when the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) ordered his deportation order upheld. The decision to endorse his removal came after Laki repeatedly denied street-gang involvement in testimony in front of IRB member Douglas Cochran. Two Winnipeg cops were also called to testify at his immigration hearing to attest to Laki’s gang-involvement. Cochran ultimately found Laki’s denials to completely lack credibility. “(Laki) has a strong propensity, almost an obsession, to blame others for his troubles in life. This includes his parents for kicking him out of their home at a time when he was working and going to school. It includes numerous police officers for planting evidence and lying about his criminal involvement,” Cochran wrote in his decision. It was not immediately clear why immigration officials haven’t yet removed Laki from Canada. However, deportation orders are only enforced by the Canada Border Services Agency after all outstanding criminal matters are dealt with. As well, the recent case of Clato Mabior — convicted of sexual assault for not disclosing his HIV status — showed obtaining travel documents for Sudanese deportees has been an arduous process in recent years due to civil unrest in that country. Mabior was deported a few weeks ago after being held for many months on a deportation warrant.
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