Ontario Hells Angel gets bail on N.S. conspiracy charges

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A member of the Hells Angels from Ontario has been granted bail on drug-related charges he faces in Nova Scotia.

Mark David Heickert, 48, of Orillia was arrested in Ontario a month ago during a series of police raids against the outlaw motorcycle gang.

Heickert and an Eastern Shore man — Paul Francis Monahan, 61, of Ostrea Lake — are jointly charged with four counts of conspiracy to traffic cocaine and one of conspiracy to possess proceeds of crime.

The Crown consented to Heickert’s release this past week in Dartmouth provincial court on a $15,000 recognizance that included a cash deposit of $10,000.

Judge Alanna Murphy ordered Heickert to remain in Ontario except when attending court and to report to a police officer in Nova Scotia by telephone every Monday and Friday.

Heickert is not allowed to communicate with Monahan or associate with any members of the Hells Angels or affiliated clubs. He’s also forbidden from having any weapons and possessing or consuming drugs.

Monahan is a “hang-around” member of the New Brunswick Nomads Hells Angels chapter, police said last month, while Heickert is a full-patch member of the Hells Angels chapter in Oshawa, Ont.

After a nine-month investigation, RCMP executed search warrants Nov. 1 at homes in Ostrea Lake and Orillia and the Hells Angels clubhouse in Musquodoboit Harbour.

Officers allegedly seized two kilograms of cocaine, a sawed-off shotgun, a large quantity of cash, outlaw motorcycle gang paraphernalia, cellphones and electronics from the homes and a small quantity of hashish and marijuana, pills, gang paraphernalia, cellphones, electronics and cash from the clubhouse.

Monahan also faces 15 charges of trafficking marijuana, one count of possession of methamphetamine for the purpose of trafficking and one count of possession of proceeds of crime. He got bail in mid-November after posting cash bail of $7,000.

The men’s charges are due back in Dartmouth court Dec. 19.

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