The RCMP was monitoring an after-hours hangout during the same period that serial killer Robert Pickton lured some of his victims there to be abused and drugged, a lawyer for the victims’ families suggested at the Oppal inquiry.

During a cross-examination Wednesday of former RCMP deputy commissioner Gary Bass, lawyer Cameron Ward said RCMP were monitoring Mr. Pickton’s brother, David, as part of a narcotics investigation that included surveillance of the infamous Piggy’s Palace, where Mr. Pickton brought prostitutes he picked up from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

“I suggest what likely happened here … was [the women] were taken from their usual environment in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, out to the Port Coquitlam neighbourhood, where they were taken to parties at Piggy’s Palace,” said Mr. Ward…

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