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Hells Angels member from North Providence held without bail on drug, firearms charges

PROVIDENCE — A “full patch” member of the Rhode Island Hells Angels motorcycle gang who was charged with gun and drug offenses after a search of his North Providence home was been ordered held without bail on Friday afternoon.

Douglas Leedham, 54, is charged in Rhode Island federal court with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, and three counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Lincoln Almond ordered him held without bail because of the seriousness of the charges, some of which carry mandatory minimum sentences of five years.

Federal authorities searched Leedham’s residence at 1117 Douglas Ave., unit 12, on Thursday.

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Local Outlaws end 10-year fight to recover biker assets from Crown — $238.97

It’s been two decades since the investigation began, 16 years since the charges were laid and a decade since the Crown began moving in court to keep the proceeds of crime seized by police.

But only now, 20 years later, a judge’s order has finally settled the loose ends left from a controversial police crackdown that all but dismantled the Outlaws biker gang in Ontario.

After all that time and effort, however, all that’s left are a few crumbs — far less than what it cost taxpayers and defendants to complete the litigation.

“We wouldn’t want to rush these things,” defence lawyer Gordon Cudmore, who represented the late Floyd Deleary in the Outlaws prosecution, said sarcastically of how long it took to finish the civil case.

Of the 47 bikers charged in the sweeping 2002 investigation, only Londoner Clifford Tryon, arrested in the raids but whose charges were later dropped, was still hanging in to get back seized property.

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WA Police target Hells Angels in Perth on ‘national run’

WA Police are out in force to ensure bikies from the notorious Hells Angels do not cause trouble, with gang members from across Australia descending on Perth this weekend for a so-called “national run”.

About 40 eastern states members of the world’s oldest and biggest gang are expected to join locals at the club’s Hilton headquarters tonight - ironically a former police station.

Several members and ‘prospects’ – prospective members - have already turned up on motorbikes, while others have been in cars. Others are believed to be drinking at nearby pubs.

Gang crime squad officers have set up roadblocks at both ends of the street and bikies arriving at the clubhouse are being questioned, having their licences checked and their photographs taken, with police saying the intelligence-gathering plays a vital role in helping to disrupt the gang’s criminal activities.

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Alleged bikies arrested after man with machete shot at Logan Hyperdome

Members of the Rebels bikie gang have been arrested after a machete-wielding man was shot in the leg with a high-calibre pistol at Logan Hyperdome on Monday.

It will be alleged seven bikies from the Rebels' Logan-based chapter met with two other people in the car park at the shopping centre on Leda Drive in Loganholme about 4.30pm.

 

One of the seven alleged Logan Rebels members arrested during the Friday morning raids.

One of the seven alleged Logan Rebels members arrested during the Friday morning raids.Credit:Queensland Police Service

Police said the meeting turned sour and one of the two non-bikies pulled out a machete, which resulted in a Rebels member shooting him in the leg with a .45 calibre pistol.

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FBI responds to North Providence complex in 'ongoing investigation'

Local and federal law enforcement officers descended on a complex in North Providence on Thursday.

Several town police cruisers were seen leaving the Geneva Mills complex at about noon. The FBI was also there.

"The FBI is conducting court authorized activity in connection with an ongoing investigation," an FBI spokeswoman told NBC 10 News.

NBC 10 News later learned that the complex, which is located at 1119 Douglas Ave., is owned by Immortal Land Development, LLC.

However, Steven Lancia is the manager and owner. Lancia is a full patch member of the Hells Angels-Providence Chapter, according to a law enforcement source.

Rhode Island State Police have made prior drug arrests at the location.

The FBI said it had no additional comment.

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DA Seeks More Than $800K From Accused Drug Traffickers

Firefighters, former police officers and members of outlaw biker gangs were arrested Tuesday during a massive series of raids.

MIDDLETOWN, NY — In addition to arresting 26 people Tuesday accused in two connected drug trafficking operations, prosecutors want to seize their ill-gotten gains. The Orange County District Attorney's Office has instituted a civil proceeding against many defendants in the cocaine conspiracy seeking more than $833,000 in illegally obtained profits.

The DA plans to do the same against defendants in the pill conspiracy, one member of which was said to have made more than $70,000 during a six-month period.

"It is a sad day when law enforcement must execute narcotics related search warrants at firehouses and when paid firemen and former police officers are charged with high level narcotics felonies," said District Attorney David Hoovler in a statement.

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Hells Angels gang members plead guilty in shooting

Four of five Hells Angels Motorcycle Club members pled guilty on Jan. 29 for their roles in a fight between themselves and rival gang members in September.

The last of the five has a trial set for March.

The rival gang members were from the Pagan's Motorcycle Club. The Hells Angels and the Pagans are considered two of the larger outlaw motorcycle gangs, along with the Bandidos and the Outlaws. These four are referred to “Big Four” outlaw motorcycle gangs by both the FBI and the Canadian intelligence service, Criminal Intelligence Service Canada.

Richard West, Joseph Paturzo and Nathaniel Villaman each plead guilty to malicious wounding by a mob, according to Augusta County Commonwealth’s Attorney Tim Martin.

“They each have four-year active sentences,” Martin said. “That’s 20 years with 16 suspended. And then one of them that took the offer is a shooter, and he received an eight-year active sentence.”

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Alleged Hells Angel member, on the lam for 10 months, arrested in Dominican Republic

Warrant was issued for Daniel André Giroux's arrest last April

A man police believe is a member of the Hells Angels and who has evaded authorities for 10 months has been arrested in the Dominican Republic.

Daniel Giroux will appear at the Montreal courthouse Wednesday on charges related to drug trafficking.

He was among Quebec's 10 most wanted criminals.

A warrant was issued for his arrest last April, during a raid the Sûreté du Québec called the biggest operation targeting organized crime since 2009's Operation SharQc.

Giroux is allegedly a member of the Montreal chapter of the notorious biker gang. Police say he controls territory on North Shore and in the Laurentians.

The operation was led by a mixed squad that includes the SQ, RCMP, Montreal police, Quebec City police, Lévis police and Laval police.

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Plainville man arrested after Zen Bar beating

A Plainville man was arrested on a felony assault charge after he seriously injured another patron during a December bar assault, police said.

Anthony Sidoti, 24, of Whiting Street in Plainville turned himself in Monday on a charge of first-degree assault, first-degree reckless endangerment and breach of peace, they said.

His bail was set at $100,000, but it was reduced to $15,000 during his arraignment in Superior Court in Bristol, court records show.

According to the warrant for Sidoti’s arrest, the bloodied victim called police after the assault and when officers arrived, he told them he was beaten in the bar for no reason. He was taken to Hartford Hospital.

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Pagan’s bikers from Volusia-Flagler, others plead guilty to federal drug charges

Members of the Pagan’s Motorcycle Club were among a number of people — most from Volusia and Flagler counties including Daytona Beach and Palm Coast — who pleaded guilty to charges of distributing methamphetamine, according to a press release Monday from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Orlando.

The defendants were accused of conspiring to distribute “large quantities” of methamphetamine to individuals and groups in Central Florida and include members of the Pagan’s Motorcycle Club, an outlaw motorcycle gang, according to the press release from the office of Maria Chapa Lopez, the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida.

[READ MORE: Volusia, Flagler, Daytona Pagan’s motorcycle gang members rounded up in federal meth bust]

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