Hit man from Hamilton travelled to B.C. after contract taken out on full-patch member of Hells Angels

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A high-profile Hells Angel from B.C. was the target of a murder attempt by a purported Hamilton hitman, Postmedia News has learned.

B.C.’s anti-gang agency announced late Friday that two Ontario men had been charged with conspiracy to commit murder and attempted murder in separate plots that targeted two Metro Vancouver men in the spring of 2015.

Neither of the alleged victims was named by the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit.

However, on Monday Postmedia obtained a copy of the indictment that alleges one of the men charged, Knowah Truth Ferguson, attempted to kill Hells Angel Damion Ryan with a firearm in Richmond on April 10, 2015.

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Justin Tang / Canadian PressMembers of the Hells Angels from British Columbia and Ontario enter the Hells Angels Nomads compound during the group's Canada Run event in Carlsbad Springs, Ont., near Ottawa, on Saturday, July 23, 2016

Ryan, who’s from Metro Vancouver, is now living in Greece and remains a full-patch member of the notorious biker gang.

He regularly travels back and forth to B.C. where his uncle is also a full-patch Hells Angel.

CFSEU spokesman Staff Sgt. Lindsey Houghton said the agency learned of the April 2015 attempted murder “of a man well known for gang involvement and criminal connections” days after it happened and began “a complex multi-jurisdictional investigation that spanned the country.”

“Investigators believe that this was a highly planned and targeted attempt that saw alleged contracted hit men travel to British Columbia from Ontario for the purposes of killing the intended target,” Houghton said. “The attempt was unsuccessful.”

Houghton said police also uncovered evidence of a second plot to kill an unknown person in Vancouver in June 2015.

Ferguson, 19, and Gino Gavin McCall, 30, are also charged with conspiracy to commit murder between April 11 and June 15, 2015.

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InstagramRyan often posts Wolf Pack imagery on his social media accounts

Both men face a third count of possession of loaded prohibited firearms without authorization or licences in Vancouver on June 14, 2015.

Ferguson and McCall have been in custody since June 2015 on the firearms charges.

The new direct indictment against the pair was sworn in B.C. Supreme Court on Jan. 6. Both are due to appear at the Vancouver Law Courts on Feb. 22.

Houghton said police don’t have details about who allegedly hired the Hamilton men or whether they have gang affiliations.

Ferguson has no prior criminal convictions, though he was also charged while in custody last March with carrying or threatening to use a weapon. He’s due in Port Coquitlam Provincial Court on that count in May.

McCall’s record includes convictions for robbery, break and enter and other property-related offences.

Houghton said investigators continue to work on both cases.

“Charges against other individuals are anticipated in the coming months and an update will be provided when new charges are laid,” he said.

Ryan could not be reached for comment.

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Up until last fall, he was a member of the Ottawa-based Ontario Nomads chapter of the Hells Angels.

But that chapter was disbanded in September 2016 just weeks after hosting a national gathering of hundreds of bikers.

Ryan is also linked to the Wolf Pack gang coalition in B.C., which is made up of some Hells Angels and some members of both the Independent Soldiers and Red Scorpions.

He often posts Wolf Pack imagery on his social media accounts.

Last year, Ryan was arrested in Vancouver for breaching bail conditions related to charges he was facing in Ontario. He later pleaded guilty to some of the charges – two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking and one of possession of stolen property – as well as the breach. He was sentenced to three months in jail.

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Arlen Redekop / PNGOak Street after the 2010 restaurant shooting

Ryan faced dozens of firearms charges in B.C. that were thrown out in 2012 after his lawyer successfully argued that the RCMP violated his Charter rights when an emergency response team forcibly entered his Burnaby basement suite after shots were fired outside.

He and nine others were wounded in a gangland shooting at an Oak Street restaurant on Dec. 12, 2010. Vancouver police said at the time the attack was in retaliation for the assassination of gangster Gurmit Singh Dhak in Burnaby two months earlier.

Ryan was sentenced to five years in 2005 in connection with a violent home invasion involving a marijuana-growing operation.

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