Born and raised on his family's farm
Recruited out of college through a professor who was paid to keep an eye out for students that seemed to have certain traits and high intelligence.
Officially Gabriel Durand worked for an NGO that sought to bring aid to those in conflict zones, however this was a cover for his real work and gave him a valid cover for being in countries and regions in which a persons presence might otherwise draw the attention of various authorities. Gabriel secretely worked for a division of a large weapons manufacturing company directly under the control of the CEO and founder. His real job involved discretely selling weapons to countries, groups and individuals who the company was not supposed to legally sell weapons to and to arrange and carry out unofficially authorised thefts of the companies legitimate shipments in order for the company to be able to claim that any weapons which may be found to be in the wrong hands were stolen and not sold by the company. The massive profits from the illegal sales were then laundered and invested back into the company with the board of directors receiving massive personal bonuses. Only the CEO and a few trusted board members where aware of Gabriels real connection to the company.
At the end of June 2017 Gabriel came to Chernarus for a conference on Humanitarian Aid and development, however this was merely a cover in order to beginning planning a heist of a shipment which was to be diverted to Chernarus in July in order to take advantage of the unstable situation in South Zagornia. Gabriel's real purpose was to begin scouting out security at the chernogorsk docks and using a local trusted local contact to facilitate bribes to have the local dockworkers not be near when the shipment was being taken from the docks.