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Top Hells Angels member behind Outaouais syrup enterprise

'Red and White' maple syrup produced at sugar bush owned by influential gang member

An influential member of the Hells Angels is running a maple syrup business in the Outaouais that sells bottles of the sweet condiment decorated with the gang's colours, sources tell Radio-Canada.

The "Support Red & White Maple Syrup" label may seem like patriotic branding, but those are also the notorious criminal organization's official colours.

What's more, the syrup comes from a farm in Saint-André-Avellin, Que., run by Michel Langlois, an influential member of the gang.

Sûreté du Québec investigators searched the farm near Montebello in late January as part of a drug investigation. They made no arrests.

The farm's owners didn't return calls from Radio-Canada.

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Bandidos’ secrets spilled by ex-national ranking member

A former ranking member of the Bandidos’ national chapter testified at a racketeering trial Thurday that two ex-biker leaders led a racketeering conspiracy that included handing down orders to commit assault.
 

Justin Cole Forster, 33, was a member of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club for 10 years, from 2006 until he was arrested in January 2016 with then-national Bandidos president Jeffrey Fay Pike and vice president, John Xavier Portillo.

 

Six months after his arrest, Forster pleaded guilty to racketeering-related crimes and violated one of the most important rules of the group — he turned on the organization he longed to be a part of since he was 10.

Forster spent hours on the stand on the trial’s third day, explaining the inner workings of the Bandidos, its screening process, its revered vests and patches, and how the Bandidos enforces its rules and protects its territory through intimidation and violence.

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Former Warlock biker handed prison time for weapons convictions

Dean McKnight, 44, was given a total sentence of three years after earlier being convicted on charges related to a 2014 RCMP investigation into rising gang tensions in the western Alberta community.

During the trial, court heard police found a loaded handgun in McKnight’s jacket when they arrested him, then executed a search warrant at his home, recovering a number of other firearms, including a handgun in an unlocked case and a bag full of rifles.

In addition to the weapons charges, McKnight was charged with breaching a 10-year weapons prohibition.

McKnight was also charged with drug possession after officers discovered nearly 200 grams of marijuana in his residence.

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Bikie violence escalates in Hunter region with sixth drive-by shooting between Finks, Nomads

As a result of a spate of bikie-related drive-by shootings in the Hunter region of New South Wales the state's police force have established a new strike force.

A large number of gunshots were fired into a house and car in Chisholm, near the town of Maitland about 1:00am on Thursday.

Detective Superintendent Wayne Humphries said there have been six public shooting incidents and two Molotov cocktail attacks in the region since January.

"All of these matters relate to the behaviours of outlaw motorcycle gangs within this area … the Nomads and the Finks," he said.

"It is clear there is some type of dispute between these two groups.

"We have been actively investigating and operating on both groups."

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Amid criticism, Texas DA dismisses more cases in 2015 biker gang shootout

WACO, Texas - A Texas prosecutor on Wednesday dismissed 13 more cases against bikers stemming from a 2015 shootout at a Waco restaurant, CBS affiliate KWTX reports.

McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna made the announcement Wednesday, a day before scheduled hearings for 10 of the bikers. The May 2015 shootout at Waco's Twin Peaks restaurant left nine bikers dead, and 20 injured. The bikers faced charges of engaging in organized criminal activity.

Of the original 154 bikers indicted, prosecutors are still pursuing 128 cases. Reyna said his office would not pursue cases against 24 bikers who were arrested but not indicted.

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Judge stays first-degree murder charge in 17-year-old Hells Angels killing

HALIFAX -- A Nova Scotia judge has stayed murder charges against an Ottawa man in a Hells Angels-ordered killing, saying a third trial for Steven Gareau would undermine the integrity of the judicial process.

Gareau was twice found guilty in the 2000 death of Sean Simmons -- who was targeted because he'd had an affair with a girlfriend of a member of the outlaw gang -- but each of his convictions were overturned on appeal and new trials were ordered.

In a written decision released by the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia Tuesday, Justice Jamie Campbell stayed charges of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder against Gareau, noting he has served 17 years in prison and endured "two fatally flawed trials."

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Judge orders trial for ex-firefighter accused in stabbing

A Superior Court judge determined last week that there is enough evidence against a former Lathrop-Manteca Fire District firefighter accused of stabbing someone outside of a Manteca bar late last year to move the matter towards trial.
Brandon Burlingame, 35, appeared before Judge Christine Eagle on Feb. 22 for a preliminary hearing in which the court determined that the charges against him – attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon – are supported by enough evidence to transfer the felony matter to the San Joaquin County Superior Courthouse in Stockton and proceed to an arraignment on information.

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Trial for Bandidos leaders may last three months

As state authorities struggle to successfully prosecute more than 150 people indicted in the aftermath of the 2015 deadly biker clash in Waco, the feds are pushing forward here with a racketeering trial of two former leaders of the Bandidos for 16 years of alleged criminal conduct.

An anonymous jury of eight men and four women, and four alternates has been picked for the trial in San Antonio of former Bandidos president Jeffrey Fay Pike, 61, of Conroe and then-vice president John Xavier Portillo, 57, of San Antonio. Opening statements are scheduled for Tuesday morning in front of Senior U.S. District Judge David Alan Ezra for the trial that may last up to three months.

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Bikers rally in front of McLennan County Courthouse

(video)--WACO, Texas (KWTX) "We are all coming for you in the courts, the media, and the polls," says Jim Harris, a Phd student and mental health clinic worker.

Photo By: Chelsea Edwards

Harris is also a biker who was arrested following the Twin Peaks shooting in May of 2015 which resulted in the deaths of nine men.

One by one, bikers from clubs across Texas took to the microphone posted across the street from the McLennan County Courthouse Sunday afternoon.

One of their goals was to change perceptions of bikers.

"I retired after 24 years as a Christian greeting card salesman,” states one woman.

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The untold story of the Comanchero: How slain boss Mahmoud 'Mick' Hawi seized control of Australia's most notorious bikie gang at just 21 by BASHING its old-school founder and turning it into a high-tech Middle Eastern crime empire

  • The Comanchero bikie gang was founded by former soldier Jock Ross in 1966 
  • The gang was involved in a fatal gun battle with the Bandidos at Milperra in 1984
  • In the late 1990s Middle Eastern members began to fill the Comanchero ranks 
  • Mahmoud 'Mick' Hawi took over the Comanchero after viciously assaulting Ross 
  • Hawi was involved in a fatal 2009 brawl with Hells Angels at Sydney Airport 
  • The 37-year-old father-of-two was shot dead outside at Rockdale gym last week 
 

The history of the Comanchero motorcycle club covers half a century but can be told through the stories of just two violent men: Mahmoud 'Mick' Hawi and Jock Ross.

Ross was the gruff Glasgow-born former soldier who founded the club on the New South Wales Central Coast with four other motorcycle enthusiasts on April 15, 1966.

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