Hells Angel recently returned behind bars because informant said he was plotting murder

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A Hells Angel was recently returned to a penitentiary for a couple of weeks because an informant alleged he was plotting to kill someone while out on a release from his current 22-year sentence. 

Michel Rose, 61, was one of the more influential drug smugglers in Quebec before he was convinced, in 1999, to join the Hells Angels Nomads chapter based in Montreal. This was while the chapter was at war with several criminal organizations between 1994 and 2002. The Hells Angels recruited Rose because he was known to have connections in the Port of Montreal who could sneak large shipments of drugs out for him. 

The chapter was wiped out by Operation Springtime 2001, a lengthy investigation into the gang’s attempt to dominate drug trafficking in Montreal. Rose ended up receiving one of the longest sentences among the dozens of people arrested in the investigation. On March 8, 2004, he was sentenced to an overall 22-year prison term after pleading guilty to drug trafficking, and to being part of the Hells Angels general conspiracy to eliminate their rivals across Quebec through murder. But Rose’s sentence was longer than most of his fellow Hells Angels because he was directly involved in smuggling cocaine into Canada from Colombia. 

In 2014, Rose reached the two-thirds mark of his sentence and qualified for a statutory release because he was not previously granted parole. But instead of granting Rose a full release the Parole Board of Canada decided to attach a condition that he reside at a halfway house. During his hearing in 2014, Rose claimed he had quit the Hells Angels but the Parole Board of Canada was skeptical.

On Oct. 17 last year, the halfway house condition was lifted and Rose became a free man for the first time since his arrest on March 28, 2001.

Three months later, on Jan. 20, that release was suspended and he was returned to a penitentiary where he was held for roughly two weeks before being released again on Feb. 2. Rose resumed taking college courses after he was released. A recent decision made by the Parole Board of Canada sheds some light on what happened.

“Information from police sources was brought to the attention of your parole officer (alleging) that you were in the process of planning to murder an individual in the Maritimes.” the parole board wrote in its decision. The same document describes how Rose denied the allegation and met with parole officers to address it. “According to you, the information supplied was completely false and likely came from a person who wanted to cause you problems.” 

Rose did not identify who the source of the information might have been. The allegation was investigated by a police force (not identified in the decision) and investigators now consider the case closed with no charges having been brought against Rose. 

The parole board decision notes that, in retrospect, the information did not justify Correctional Service Canada’s decision to suspend Rose’s release. “But having said that, the information received on the part of the police involved in this affair still allowed them to learn that an individual seriously fears for his safety in connection with you.”  

As part of a plan that was proposed by Rose, he is not allowed to travel to the Maritimes during the remainder of his sentence.

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