Three alleged gang members only made it as far as the Calgary Remand parking lot
minutes after being released before city cops arrested them again.
Vinh Le, 21, Henry Nguyen, 18 and Hieu Nguyen, 21, were arrested Thursday night
-- the same day the men were granted bail in provincial court -- for allegedly breaching
conditions of their release.
According to cops, the men were in violation of release conditions that prohibited
them from associating with one another.
Cops said Vinh Le was using a cell phone which was a breach of a previous court
order in relation to drug-related charges he faces that are still before the courts.
Staff Sgt. Terry Larson of the community response team, said he was disappointed
to learn three alleged gang members accused of weapons-related offences received
bail in the first place.
"The police service is working on interrupting, suppressing and dismantling
gang activity and stopping the violence they are perpetrating and when we succeed
and they get out, it just makes it that much harder," he said. "But it
is the job of police to investigate, gather evidence, bring it before the courts
and testify -- that is our part.
"The rest is up to the judicial process and other members of that process."
The three men face weapons charges after police made arrests July 12. Cops said
they seized two loaded semi-automatic pistols.
Le was also charged with two counts of failing to comply, and Hieu Nguyen, who was
at the time of arrest under a court order prohibiting him to possess firearms, was
charged with three other firearms offences.
Le is the brother of Dat Le, a violent gang member executed, along with Chuong (David)
Tran, 21, by a lone gunman at a northeast gas station last Saturday afternoon.
Larson said he was pleased to hear the men were back in custody until their next
court appearance which is set for July 25.