November 12, 2021
After evading police on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border for 22 months, a high-profile member of the Brothers Keepers gang has been arrested in Seattle.
Naseem Ali Mohammed, 23, was picked on several charges on Nov. 8, according to U.S. jail records. He was using the name Mobert Ahmad.
The online record, however, lists his real name as an alias and says he has now been charged with two counts of robbery and possession of a stolen vehicle with another federal felony charge pending in the U.S..
Sources confirmed the person arrested is the same gangster who sneaked across the B.C.-Montana border last January after hiding out in Canada since March 2020.
Mohammed is in custody at the King County Correctional Facility near Seattle. No court dates are listed and the district prosecutor’s office was closed for the holiday on Thursday.
He was already facing felony charges in Montana of falsely claiming U.S. citizenship and making a false statement to a U.S. department or agency. Those charges carry a maximum five-year prison sentence and $250,000 fine.
On the morning of Jan. 23, he was arrested after driving across the border at a non-checkpoint with three older men. He had no identification on him, claimed his name was Ahmed Bati and said he had been born in Seattle.
Authorities released him after several hours as a fingerprint check showed no U.S. record. They later learned his real identity, as well as his link to the notorious B.C. gang, and more serious charges were laid.
In February, U.S. Border Patrol Agent Seth Justesen swore an affidavit describing Mohammed as “a high-ranking member of the Brothers Keepers gang in Surrey, British Columbia.”
“Canadian authorities have advised that Mohammed is the primary suspect in multiple gang-related homicides spanning two provinces,” Justesen’s affidavit also said.
Surrey RCMP Sgt. Elenore Sturko said her detachment “is aware of the arrest of Naseem Mohammed in the United States.” “As the investigation moves forward, we will continue to work with our partners at CFSEU and American authorities. “
CFSEU Sgt. Brenda Winpenny said B.C. gang members “often are perpetrators or victims of extreme acts of violence thus creating a life for themselves of having to always look over their shoulder in fear as they create enemies.”
“These gangsters flee the country in an attempt to escape their past. However, they cannot escape, and sooner or later this tragic lifestyle will catch up to them. The recent arrest of Mohammed in the States is just another example of this, while creating more victims along the way.”
Mohammed has not been charged with any murders in Canada. But he is facing other charges in both B.C. and Ontario.
In March 2020, he was charged with wilfully resisting a peace officer and escaping lawful custody after sneaking out the back door of his Surrey home during a curfew check. He was charged with unlawful confinement, assault, pointing a firearm, uttering death threats, theft and robbery after a December 12, 2019 dispute with another man.
Mohammed, who raps under the name Certi2x, has continued to do Instagram live events despite being on the run. He released a new song online on Sept. 24 called “f–k the other side” about shooting rivals.
Last May, Surrey RCMP reissued a wanted poster for him, calling him “a priority target.”
The Brothers Keepers was started in the mid-2010s by Gavin Grewal, who was shot to death in his North Vancouver penthouse apartment on Dec. 22, 2017. No one has been charged in his murder.
The gang has been locked in a bloody battle with other rivals including the Red Scorpion-Kang group and the United Nations. The Brothers Keepers is aligned with the Hells Angels Hardside chapter.
Just last week, the anti-gang Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit announced that 27 charges had been laid after a three-year investigation targeting the Brothers Keepers.
CFSEU said the gang had aggressively expanded from the Lower Mainland to Vancouver Island and Kamloops.