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14
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National president of Gypsy Joker Outlaw Motorcycle Club released pending trial in racketeering conspiracy case

A federal judge Thursday ordered the release of Kenneth Earl Hause, the 61-year-old national president of the Gypsy Jokers Outlaw Motorcycle Club, who is charged in an alleged racketeering conspiracy.

But U.S. District Judge Robert E. Jones placed Hause on home detention with electric monitoring and said he must resign immediately from his role as leader of the motorcycle gang and not associate with any current or former Gypsy Joker members as he awaits trial.

Hause’s defense lawyer, Todd Bofferding, called his client a "man of honor'' and described him as an ailing grandfather who has the widespread support of his local community in Aumsville -- from the chief of police to waitresses in the small Marion County town of about 3,580 people.

Hause also can’t get the medical care he needs in jail for his congenital heart failure, Bofferding said. Though he has a past criminal record, it’s old and he hasn’t been convicted of a crime in 15 years, his lawyer said.

Thu
14
Feb
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Hells Angels targeted in early morning raids in Quebec, New Brunswick

Police searched locations in Lower St. Lawrence, Gaspé, Magdalen Islands, New Brunswick

A total of 32 people were arrested in a series of early morning raids on Thursday targeting drug-trafficking networks in eastern Quebec and New Brunswick with alleged ties to the Hells Angels.

The raids, conducted by the Sûreté du Québec, were carried out in 20 different communities across the two provinces, including in the Lower St. Lawrence region, the Gaspé and the Magdalen Islands.

The SQ says that, in a period of just four months, the trafficking network brought in $2.4 million, of which $250,000 was given directly to the Hells Angels as a distribution tax.

"The Hells control the territory and allowed networks to sell drugs. Those networks then paid a tax based on the quantity of drugs sold," SQ spokesperson Capt. Guy Lapointe said at a news conference in Quebec City. 

Thu
14
Feb
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Rebels bikie gets 22-year sentence for 'cruel, vicious' murder of a man who intervened to protect ...

Rebels bikie gets 22-year sentence for 'cruel, vicious' murder of a man who intervened to protect his friend from a 'group of thugs' collecting drug debts

  • A bikie has been sentenced to life in prison with a 22 year non-parole period   
  • 35-year-old Mikel Higgins was found guilty by jury for the murder of Ben Gravett
  • He stabbed Mr Gravett 11 times including three wounds to the head and neck 
  • The victim tried to protect a friend from the gang who were drug-debt collectors

A bikie has been sentenced to life in prison for the 'vicious, cruel and unnecessary' murder of a man who tried to intervene during a drug-debt collection.

Wed
13
Feb
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Vikings MC member turned police agent names Al Potter as stabber

Man, 39, observed Shane Leonard throw Al Potter's knife in Atlantic, jury told

Protected by sheriffs officers and two plainclothes, armed police officers — one of whom carried a large army-style duffle bag on his arm — the witness walked into the courtroom and came within metres of a man with which he once shared an inner circle.

On Wednesday, the 39-year-old man, now in witness protection and whose identity is covered by a publication ban, testified against Al Potter, who's standing trial for the 2014 stabbing death of Dale Porter.

The dull hum of florescent lights in the courtroom only added to the tension which comes with one man testifying against a former ally.

"I was asked to be a prospect by Shane Leonard and that was back in 2014," the man said, wearing jeans, a hooded sweater and sunglasses on his head.

"I was given a vest … and after that I received my full patch. It was in late July 2014."

Wed
13
Feb
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Gardai raid Crumlin 'motorcycle club' suspected of links to Kinahan cartel

The raid took place at a club house in Windmill Road, Crumlin

Gardai yesterday raided properties linked to two “motorcycle clubs” – both believed to have connections to the Kinahan cartel.

The first search took place in Crumlin, Co Dublin, where a meeting house used by exiled mobster Liam Byrne’s crime gang was targeted.

The second bust took place in Limerick on the home and other properties of a man linked to international “outlaw” bikers the Bandidos.

A source said: “This is an interesting series of operations.

“The Dublin raid was targeting a group with members who are linked to the Byrne Organised Crime Group.

“The Byrne OCG are linked to the Kinahan gang and riders from that club provided an escort to Regency murder victim David Byrne who was a senior player in the Kinahan OCG.

Wed
13
Feb
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Swords and fake guns seized in raid on bikers' HQ

Detectives seized imitation firearms and up to 100 swords and knives in a raid on a Dublin biker gang whose members led the procession at a Kinahan gang funeral.

Yesterday morning, heavily armed gardaí attached to the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) stormed the Crumlin base of the Chosen Few motorcycle club as part of an ongoing probe into the crew.

More than 30 gardaí were involved in the dawn raid and ERU officers had to cut down a large metal gate at the front of the property using specialist equipment to gain access.

Raid: Workmen remove broken gates at the biker gang’s 'compound' in Crumlin

Raid: Workmen remove broken gates at the biker gang’s 'compound' in Crumlin

Sun
10
Feb
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Bandidos deny link to huge ice bust

An outlaw bikie gang with a clubhouse in Geelong has issued an extraordinary statement in which it denies any involvement in a huge international ice shipment bound for Australia.

The Bandidos Motorcycle Club says it "refute(s) any involvement whatsoever, in this or any other matter concerning ice."

US police last week seized more than $1 billion worth of the drug in containers that were about to be shipped to Australia.

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Australian Federal Police believe Mexican drug cartels are behind the shipment and have said that Australian bikie gangs are almost certainly among the potential customers.

But the Bandidos have told the Herald Sun they "shared a sigh of relief that these drugs never reached our shores."

Sat
09
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FBI: Hells Angels member had cache of weapons inside home

An alleged member of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club was ordered held without bail Friday afternoon one day after FBI agents seized a cache of weapons and drugs from his North Providence home.

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Fri
08
Feb
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Hells Angels arrive at Hilton clubhouse as police keep watch

Members of the Hells Angels Outlaw Motorcycle Gang are gathering at their Hilton clubhouse - along with a large contingent of police.

Rentals cars and Ubers have been dropping off men who have been both wearing and carrying their patches for the last two hours.

Police are expecting gang members to be going on a ride around lunchtime but nothing had been confirmed with the gang.

Other cars carrying ice, water bottles and beer have been backing into the gang’s Paget Street HQ.

WA Police began mobilising in the area on Friday in preparation for the club’s “national run”.

Gang crime squad officers set up roadblocks at both ends of the Paget Street and began questioning bikies as they arrived at the clubhouse, checked their licences and took their photographs.

Fri
08
Feb
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Blood found at clubhouse, murder trial told in St. John's

Jurors at Allan Potter's trial shown knife, autopsy photos

(photo gallery) --- A hand. An arm still bearing a hospital bracelet. A toe tag. A shoulder with a recognizable tattoo.

It wasn't easy stuff for family members of Dale Porter to see in Supreme Court Wednesday.

The contents of his jeans pocket. A blue Helly Hansen jacket, cut by paramedics' scissors. A black T-shirt full of holes, worn the night Porter was fatally stabbed.

Porter's loved ones were emotional, dabbing their eyes with tissues and comforting each other as photos from his autopsy were presented, but they did not leave the courtroom, determined to see to the end the trial of one of the men accused of his murder.

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