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Two Hells Angels arrested in crackdown on alleged drug ring in Quebec

Quebec provincial police say two Hells Angels members have been arrested in a crackdown on an alleged drug trafficking ring in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region.

Police say those arrested include the alleged head of the network, Bernard Plourde, who is described as a member in good standing of the gang’s Trois-Rivieres chapter.

In a release, police say the 55-year-old Plourde is facing charges of drug trafficking, conspiracy and gangsterism.

Police say a warrant was executed at his Saguenay-area home and that vehicles belonging to Plourde were also seized.

Another Hells Angels member, Jean-Francois Bergeron, of Desbiens, was also arrested along with two other men.

Provincial police say the arrests are the second phase of an operation dubbed Nocif (Toxic) aimed at dismantling a vast network.


Last November, authorities made 24 arrests in the Saguenay region as well as Montreal and the Monteregie area in southwestern Quebec.

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Feds: Hells Angels member charged after discovery of more than 12 pounds of meth

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) — Federal charges were filed Monday against two Anchorage residents — including a purported Hells Angels member — after a joint task force uncovered more than 12 pounds of methamphetamine and some $25,000 in cash during a raid on Friday.

According to the criminal complaint filed Monday in U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska, a search conducted on a South Anchorage apartment occupied by Charles "Pup" Phillips and Lois Latrilla Phillips turned up 120.9 grams of what investigators report tested positive for methamphetamine. Authorities also discovered $24,924 in cash, digital scales, psilocybin mushrooms,various pills, needles, and baggies, all believed to be used for the distribution of narcotics.

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IMPD monitors four biker gangs during Indy rally

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — During a bold and never-before-seen show of presence in an attempt to establish territorial claim, four biker groups rallied in Indianapolis Saturday as IMPD officers maintained a wary watch.

Two long established Indianapolis biker gangs with approximately 130 motorcycles representing the Sons of Silence, the Outlaws and other allies, partnered up at a southeast side rally location before dispersing in small groups of a dozen or so riders to head for bars throughout the east side early Saturday afternoon.

Meanwhile, an apparently newly formed congregation of Hells Angels, many from Ohio but never previously represented in large strengths in central Indiana, was joined by other bikers, including the Black Pistons of Michigan, outside of a clubhouse location south of downtown.

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More than 300 tickets issued during annual Hells Angels meet

The Sûreté du Québec issued more than 300 tickets and one man was arrested in an otherwise uneventful weekend as hundreds of members of the Hells Angels gathered in the small community of St-Charles-sur-Richelieu southeast of Montreal for the biker gang's annual Canada Run meeting.

The Sûreté du Québec issued more than 300 tickets and one man was arrested in an otherwise uneventful weekend as hundreds of members of the Hells Angels gathered in the small community of St-Charles-sur-Richelieu southeast of Montreal for the biker gang’s annual Canada Run meeting.

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Hells Angels arrive in St-Charles-sur-Richelieu for annual gathering

Members of the Hells Angels biker gang and their sympathizers have begun arriving in Quebec for a weekend gathering.

Authorities ramped up checkpoints and their overall presence today in the southwestern Quebec region where gang members will be staying.

READ MORE: Hells Angels, over 500 bikers expected near Saint-Hyacinthe, police ask public to avoid area

The Canada Run, the Hells’ annual gathering, is being held this year in St-Charles-sur-Richelieu, southeast of Montreal.

Authorities say some 500 full-patch Hells members and up to 200 sympathizers are expected to attend.

Police were keeping tabs today on who was coming into the area before allowing them to proceed.

The gathering is being held in Quebec for the first time since 2008.

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Hell's Angels gang member sentenced for drunken fights in town after family function

A senior member of the Hell's Angels will serve nine months' home detention for assaulting six people in a drunken rampage after a decade of sobriety.

Chad Ian Mcrae-Tweeddale, 28, was sentenced by Judge Jim Large in the Palmerston North District Court on Thursday after pleading guilty to five charges of assault and charges of assault with intent to injure and threatening to injure. 

Mcrae-Tweeddale was at a family function on February 24 when he decided to drink for the first time in 10 years. 

After the function he went to the Regent Arcade in Palmerston North and went to two bars, leaving six victims in his wake. 

About 12.30am on February 25 he was in one of the bars with associates in a seated area. 

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Hundreds of Hells Angels expected in St-Hyacinthe this week

It is a way for them to plant their flag and show off their colours. ... It is also a chance for us to show off our colours," the SQ says.

Anywhere between five and seven hundred people tied to the Hells Angels are expected to roll into St-Hyacinthe this week for what could turn out to be the biker gang’s largest gathering in Canada.

The annual get-together, which the gang calls their Canada Run, is traditionally a peaceful event that some bikers have even brought their children to. But the police believe the Canada Run serves as a way for the Hells Angels, considered to be the most powerful criminal organization in Quebec, to remind their rivals and the public in general that the gang is alive and well in Canada.

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Hells Angels to hold annual ‘Field Day’ party in Waterloo

WATERLOO — An annual bash for outlaw bikers is set for later this month at a private property in Waterloo.

The summer Field Day event, which has a long-standing tradition in Waterloo, is a gathering of Hells Angels bikers, their associates and support groups, said Staff Sgt. Jason MacDonald, head of the intelligence unit with Waterloo Regional Police.

The invitation-only event has been held at a private home on Conservation Drive for more than 20 years, say police. In the past, up to 300 bikers have showed up to the party.

"The primary purpose on why we are there is public safety and highway safety," MacDonald said.

Although hundreds of bikers usually converge on the property, there have rarely been issues and police say they don't expect any problems this time either.

"We are not concerned about the party," MacDonald said.

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Former Hells Angel now trying to help youth avoid his poor choices

(video) --- KAMLOOPS — A tale of an outlaw biker, who falls from grace and end up addicted to drugs on the streets of East Vancouver. It sounds like a script meant for Hollywood; instead, it was Joe Calendino’s life story.

Calendino was a full patch member of the Hell’s Angels before falling into a life of drug addiction on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. During his journey through recovery, he decided he wanted to help others avoid the choices he made which got him into trouble, so he wrote a book, outlining his life’s journey, and was at Chapter’s bookstore in Kamloops on Saturday signing books and meeting fans.

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Hells Angels gather in Niagara Falls

Hundreds of Hells Angels descended on Niagara Falls on Saturday to attend the funeral of one of their own.

Zavisa Drecic, a member of the Woodbridge chapter of the Hells Angels, died July 12 of a heart attack at the biker gang's clubhouse.

The 53-year-old was a former member of the Niagara chapter of Hells Angels.

The funeral mass was held in Vaughan on Saturday morning and then a procession of 400 motorcycles and more than 100 vehicles made their way to Fairview Cemetery in Niagara Falls where Drecic was laid to rest.

It is mandatory that Hells Angels members from across the province attend the funeral of a fallen member.

Saturday's service at the Stanley Avenue cemetery was also attended by members from clubs from Quebec as well as eastern Canada.

Police were on hand to monitor the gathering.

"We're here to ensure traffic flow and safety to the public," said Niagara Regional Police Det. Sgt. Shawn Clarkson.