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Apr
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33 individuals arrested in Quebec drug bust concentrating on organized crime

Police forces in Quebec arrested 33 people Wednesday in relation to an alleged drug network extending from Montreal to Outaouais, Centre-du-Québec, the Montérégie and more.

 

A total of 37 searches were carried out, and police say nearly two kilograms of cocaine and 27,100 methamphetamine pills were seized as part of Operation Orca.

READ MORE: Quebec, U.S. police, RCMP bust drug, illegal tobacco ring with ties to bikers, reserves

Officers say they also seized 23 vehicles, $120,000, four firearms, six jackets in the colours of the Hells Angels and an escutcheon.

Two of those arrested were Claude Gauthier and Pascal Facchino, identified by authorities as part of the Angels’ Trois-Rivières chapter, alleged to be leaders in the sale of narcotics in the Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu region.

READ MORE: Police operation targets Quebec Hells Angels drug trafficking network

Sat
13
Apr
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Hells Angels in P.E.I. for club member’s funeral

(photo gallery) --- THREE RIVERS, P.E.I. - Island RCMP and Charlottetown police are on high alert this weekend with Hells Angels members from across the country in P.E.I.

There was a heavy presence of Hells Angels members, as well as several other motorcycle clubs, at a “celebration of life” for fisherman Ian Roulston Kennedy in Three Rivers Saturday.

Kennedy was a full-patch member of the Hells Angels.

Cpl. Andy Cook, the RCMP’s provincial outlaw motorcycle gang coordinator, said law enforcement stayed close to the funeral for public safety reasons.

“The funeral was for a member of the Hells Angels and we’re there for public safety and also for intelligence gathering to do with a large number of Hells Angels who were here in the province,” he said.

Wed
10
Apr
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Hell in Clemson? Hells Angels set to come to Clemson this summer

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CLEMSON — The Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, classified by the U.S. Department of Justice as an “outlaw motorcycle gang,” is coming to Clemson this summer.

Approximately 750 members of the motorcycle club and their families are scheduled to come to the city July 29-Aug. 2 as part of the club’s annual summer rally, according to city and chamber officials.

Mon
08
Apr
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Hells Angels shooting death charge upgraded to 1st-degree murder

Michael Deabaitua-Schulde, 32, was gunned down in the parking lot of a gym in March

One of the men suspected in the shooting death of a member of the Hells Angels has had the charge he faced in the case upgraded to first-degree murder.

Peel Regional Police originally charged the 24-year-old Montreal man with accessory after the fact days after Michael
Daebaitua-Schulde was gunned down in the parking lot of a gym in Mississauga, Ont.
 

On Monday, police announced that charge was being upgraded to one count of first-degree murder.

Three other men have also been arrested in the case and all face the same charge.
 

Police have said Deabaitua-Schulde was a member of the Niagara chapter of the Hells Angels.

They have previously said the attack was targeted, but did not speculate on the motive behind it.

Mon
08
Apr
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Moving Day at the Hells Angels Clubhouse

The biker gang’s tenure in the East Village included trash-can fireworks, LSD, shootings, and Christmas cheer. They will be missed.

Sun
07
Apr
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Kim Bolan: Hells Angels hold annual 'Screwy ride' to honour slain East End biker

(video an photo gallery) --- About 80 Hells Angels and associates gathered at the bikers’ East End clubhouse Saturday morning for their annual ride to pay tribute to fallen comrade Dave (Screwy) Swartz.

Specialized police officers, who investigate outlaw motorcycle gangs, were also on hand to take photographs and videos as the riders arrived.

Vancouver police traffic enforcement officers checked vehicle registrations of several Hells Angels, prompting East End chapter president John Bryce to head out to talk to police.

Some of the bikers muttered insults at officers, who were stationed across from the clubhouse, located at 3598 East Georgia St.

VPD Sgt. Jason Robillard said police were out in force “to monitor and ensure that the rules of the road are followed.”

Wed
03
Apr
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When Their Trademarks Are Used, the Hells Angels Resort Not to Violence but to High-Profile Lawsuits

It is common knowledge that the Hells Angels logo and the club’s other insignia are utterly off-limits to all but a select group of individuals. In the “rule-bound world of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club,” investigative reporter Serge F. Kovaleski, stated in 2013, “only full members are permitted to wear the provocative death's-head patch or the two words of the club's name, which, like the logo,” are protected by law across the globe. Patches cannot be bought. They may only be earned, and oftentimes, that takes years.  

Sun
31
Mar
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Hells Angels gang face 300 YEARS jail for Majorca ‘prostitution and money laundering ring'

The 46 gang members face a long list of charges including belonging to a criminal organisation, money laundering, threats, forgery, prostitution, illegal detention, drug crimes and illegal possession of firearms.

The list of defendants allegedly includes two local police officers and a Guardia Civil sergeant from Palma, who face between five and seven years jail time each for criminal involvement and bribery.

Prosecutors have said the gang could face up a combined sentence of up to 300 years if they are convicted by the National Court of Justice in Madrid. 

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JAIL: The gang could face up to 300 years in prison (Pic: PA - POLICE HANDOUT - DPA)

 

Thu
28
Mar
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Man gets 25 years for murder at Hells Angels wedding

A man convicted of killing a 23-year-old biker last year was sentenced this week to 25 years in jail by the Namur Assize Court.

The jury deliberated for more than six hours before finding Francis Estorez (48) guilty of the murder of Marc Dascotte, a Hells Angels “prospect” (‘novice’ in the motorcycle gang’s lingo).

The incident took place on 27 August 2017 under a blistering summer sun in a shed decked out for a Hells Angel marriage. Estorez, who was on anti-depression medication and had consumed an enormous quantity of alcohol of various types, was so irked by what he saw as Dascotte’s puerile and exasperating behaviour that he threatened repeatedly to hand in his jacket, the symbol of his membership of the Hells Angels.

Wed
27
Mar
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Supreme Court of Canada rules on Nova Scotia Hells Angels hitman case

Crown argued 1st-degree murder conviction against Dean Kelsie should be reinstated

The Supreme Court of Canada has closed the books on a Nova Scotia murder case involving a Hells Angels hit that has dragged on through the justice system for nearly two decades.

In a hearing Wednesday in Ottawa, the court dismissed an appeal by Nova Scotia prosecutors who were seeking to reinstate a first-degree murder conviction against Dean Daniel Kelsie.

But the Supreme Court did find Kelsie guilty of the lesser charge of second-degree murder, an offence that carries an automatic life sentence with no parole eligibility for between 10 and 25 years.

Kelsie, 45, was twice convicted in the killing of Sean Simmons, who was gunned down in the lobby of an apartment building in north-end Dartmouth, N.S., on Oct. 3, 2000.

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