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Dec
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Massive meth, cocaine bust 'saved some lives': RCMP

Stopping 220,000 hits of methamphetamine from hitting the streets of Winnipeg was cause for celebration Tuesday at the RCMP's Manitoba headquarters.

"I think we actually saved some lives here," assistant commissioner Jane MacLatchy, commanding officer of the Manitoba RCMP, said at a news conference on "Project Declass," a 16-month probe that led to the largest seizure of methamphetamine in Manitoba history.

 

"It's an enormous amount of product," MacLatchy said of the 22 kilograms of meth, along with 43 kg of cocaine (worth an estimated $6.5 million on the street). "The impact of these drugs is immense — it's tearing families apart and destroying communities... Suddenly, the supply chain has been disrupted.

"In the short term, what you're going to see is a very large impact on local drug availability," she said, acknowledging that void will eventually be filled by another drug dealer.

Tue
10
Dec
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Pagan pleads guilty in Charleroi assault

Another member of the Pagan Motorcycle Club has reached a plea agreement with prosecutors in the severe beating this year of a former member in Charleroi.

Washington County Judge John F. DiSalle last week allowed John Albert Sadvary Jr. to plead guilty to a lessor charge in exchange for a sentence of 4 to 8 years in state prison, court records show. Sadvary pleaded guilty Friday to a charge of conspiracy to commit aggravated assault resulting in serious bodily injury.

Sadvary, 40, of Penn Hills, was among seven Pagans who were charged with attempted homicide in the April 18 beating of Troy Harris in the Charleroi Slovak Club.

In all a dozen people have been charged in the case, including Michael Thomas “Montana” Barringer, 50, of Morris Township, Washington County, who has pleaded guilty to ordering the assault.

Fri
06
Dec
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Full-patch Hells Angel among nine arrested in largest meth bust in Manitoba: RCMP

WINNIPEG -- After a number of homes in Winnipeg and the Interlake were searched in the early morning hours of Wednesday, RCMP say they have made one of the largest meth seizures in Manitoba and have arrested a full-patch Hells Angel member.

On Wednesday the RCMP organized crime team executed nine search warrants in Manitoba and Alberta. Seven of those searches were in Winnipeg, one was in St. Laurent, Man., and one was in Calgary, Alta.

RCMP said the investigation has led to seizures of meth, cocaine, cash, and a number of vehicles. RCMP said while the total amount of drugs and money seized still needs to be counted – it is expected to be the largest meth seizures in the province.

Wed
04
Dec
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Friction between biker gangs revving up in N.S., says law enforcement

Hells Angels supporters have exchanged words with Black Pistons members

Tensions between rival biker gangs are on the rise in Nova Scotia as motorcycle clubs affiliated with the Hells Angels try to fend off their competition, according to an RCMP expert who has watched the developments closely in the province.

A number of times in the last year supporters of the Hells Angels have butted heads with an opposing gang called the Black Pistons, which surfaced a few years ago in Nova Scotia, said Staff Sgt. Guylaine Cottreau.

Earlier this year, things got tense between the two groups at a motorcycle show at Halifax's Exhibition Park. Hells Angels supporters and members of the Black Pistons had heated words when they came across each other.

It was much the same thing at last year's Wharf Rat Rally, an annual Labour Day weekend convention in Digby, N.S., that draws upwards of 20,000 motorcycle lovers.

Tue
03
Dec
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‘Hell’s Angels’ member kept from entering PH

Bureau of Immigration (BI) officers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) have barred from entering the country an Australian national who is an alleged member of a dreaded international motorcycle gang.

BI port operations chief Grifton Medina said 37-year-old Daniel Anthony Stalley was stopped at the NAIA terminal 2 last November 25 upon arrival from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Medina said he was denied entry after the Australian authorities alerted the BI about his impending arrival in Manila.

“Information about him and his affiliations were included in our database. This prompted our offices to immediately exclude him and book him on the first available flight to his port of origin,” Medina added.

Lawyer Rommel Tacorda, BI-Interpol chief, Stalley disclosed that alien is a member of the US-based “Hell’s Angels” gang that has been linked to organized crime and violent activities in various countries.

Fri
29
Nov
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Manhunt for British Hells Angels kingpin after Thailand Sin City meth arrests

Three Australians arrested in Pattaya could face the death penalty for their roles in a huge transnational meth ring, and now police are searching for Christopher Depp who's believed to be the boss

Thai police are hunting a British gang kingpin after three suspected Hells Angels members were arrested in a series of drug raids.

Tihomer Stojic, 47, was detained in Buriram province on Thursday. Officers allegedly found 20 grams of methamphetamine hidden in the glove compartment and back seat of the Australian's car.

Simultaneous raids in Pattaya - a resort city near Bangkok dubbed "Sin City" for its high number of sex workers - saw fellow Australians Jamie Hansom, 46, and Steven Hovi, 58, arrested as well. Their Thai girlfriends were also taken into custody as well as Nigerian Chimezie Duru, 38.

Thu
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Business owned by Hells Angels associate raided by police in Kamloops

Kamloops RCMP and CFSEU executed three search warrants recently as part of an investigation into drug trafficking

(more photos) --- A Kamloops gardening store owned by a close associate of a slain Hells Angels’ member has been raided by anti-gang police as part of a drug trafficking investigation.

Kamloops RCMP and the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit said in a news release Tuesday that the searches were conducted on the Sunshine Gardens Superstore in the 1700-block of Kelly Douglas Road, as well as at two residences — one in the 100-block of Knollwood Drive and the other in the 1000-block of Kinross Place.

Cpl. Jodi Shelkie said two men — aged 50 and 24 — were arrested, but have been released while the investigation continues.

Wed
27
Nov
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Freed Hells Angels “violating bail terms” – but there’s nothing authorities can do

Freed only two weeks ago (due to various judicial lapses click here) – a number of the 37 members of bikers group Hell’s Angels – detained in a country wide swoop on alleged organised crime two summers ago – are already violating their bail terms, reports Diário de Noticias.

The violations include ‘contacting each other’, frequenting clubs that they have been told not to enter and returning to jobs as security guards – absolutely prohibited for anyone with a criminal record.

Says the paper: authorities are well aware that measures imposed by the Public Ministry are being flouted but “have no way of ensuring otherwise”.

A source described as ‘involved in the monitoring of violent gangs’ agreed the situation “could represent, more than anything, a new risk”.

Wed
27
Nov
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Australian ex-cop blasts National's 'Strike Force Raptor' plan

(video) --- A former Australian detective has ridiculed National's zero-tolerance approach to gangs, saying the strategy has been a "disaster" across the ditch.

The opposition party yesterday proposed setting up an elite police squad - modelled on Strike Force Raptor in New South Wales - with the sole purpose of crushing gangs. 

National leader Simon Bridges repeatedly described the unit as "devastatingly effective" and referenced media reports which claimed it was driving outlaw bikies into extinction.

But former NSW detective Mike Kennedy told RNZ that was "nonsense" and Mr Bridges was "living a dream" if he believed that.

Tue
26
Nov
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Ex-firefighter linked to Bandidos fights to get job back

A Waco firefighter who lost his job in part over his ties to the Bandidos Outlaw Motorcycle Club is fighting to be reinstated, saying he was unjustly terminated four years ago.

Dudley, a 13-year veteran with the Waco Fire Department, testified in an all-day hearing Tuesday in a third-party arbitration review of his termination in October 2015.

Dudley was arrested during a traffic stop in Tarrant County on May 12, 2015 and charged with unlawfully carrying an unconcealed weapon in his truck. Crowley police ran a safety check on Dudley and found that the Texas Department of Public Safety flagged him as a member of the Bandidos, which DPS classifies as a "criminal street gang."

The arrest occurred five days before a deadly shootout at the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco between the Bandidos and rival Cossacks motorcycle club.

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