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Gangland in Paradise

Royal Canadian Mounted police officers
The specialist Gangs Task Force prepare for a surveillance operation against known gang members

With a spectacular natural setting and a prosperous but laidback lifestyle Vancouver is routinely named one of the best communities in the world in which to live.

But this west coast Canadian city, host to the 2010 Winter Olympics, is quickly developing another reputation.

Bill Law tells the story of young gangsters, exploiting legal loopholes to build a multi-billion dollar illicit drugs industry with business savvy and bullets.

Clandestine drugs labs in Vancouver

BBC Radio 4's Crossing Continents is broadcast on Thursday, 3 September, 2009 at 1102 BST and is repeated on Monday, 7 September, 2009 at 20:30 BST.

Reporter and Producer: Bill Law



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