Tue
28
Mar

Bacchus motorcycle gang member arrested in P.E.I. on weapons charges

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. - A member of the Bacchus Motorcycle Club in New Brunswick is facing two weapons charges after police in P.E.I. arrested him for allegedly carrying a cane with a sword hidden inside it.

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The RCMP reported that on March 25, members of the organized crime task force arrested a 59-year-old man for possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and carrying a concealed weapon.

 

That arrest stemmed from surveillance on Jan. 21 during an Atlantic Confederation of Clubs and Independents meeting Charlottetown.

 

The police allegedly saw the man carrying a cane with a sword hidden inside it to the meeting.

 

He was released and will appear in provincial court in Charlottetown in May.

 

Tue
14
Mar

Atlantic bikers group invites P.E.I. Premier Wade MacLauchlan to visit clubhouse

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. — A local bikers group says recent statements by P.E.I. police and politicians about outlaw biker gangs are "fear mongering" and they are inviting P.E.I. Premier Wade MacLauchlan and others to come to a motorcycle clubhouse to see that for themselves.

 

The Atlantic Confederation of Clubs issued a statement Tuesday morning  saying the police and elected officials have vilified their membership.

“We encourage the premier to speak with the members of these clubs as they are constituents on his Island and all likelihood voted him in office,” reads the statement.

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A member of the London, Ont. chapter of the Hells Angels attended a gathering in Charlottetown in January 2017.

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Mon
13
Mar

Nanaimo Hells Angels prospect found dead in Sooke, days after going missing

The man reported missing in Sooke last week is a prospect for the Nanaimo chapter of the Hells Angels biker gang, sources told Postmedia News on Monday.

Michael Gregory Widner, 39, was last seen March 8 in Sooke and was reported missing the following day.

His wife posted a message on Facebook over the weekend saying police had since told her that Widner’s body had been found.

“It is with a broken heart and overwhelming sadness I share that the police have informed me that my husbands body has been found,” she wrote in a comment that has since been made private. “I am with our children holding them tight and keeping them safe and removed from all the attention. His children know that he is in heaven with his brother Steve and at peace.”  

Fri
10
Mar

Project Forseti: Fallen Saints member Justin Smith sentenced to 18 years in prison on drugs, organized crime charges

(VIDEO)--A high-ranking member of the Fallen Saints Motorcycle Club is the first person to be sentenced on criminal organization charges resulting from the Project Forseti investigation in Saskatoon. 

On Friday, Justin Murray Smith, 34, was sentenced to 18 years in prison for several gun, drug and organized crime offences. The Crown had argued for a 20-year global sentence while the defence sought nine years. 

Justice Shawn Smith sent a strong message with his sentence, calling Smith a trafficker of “poison and the instruments of death” at the “heart of organized crime” in Saskatoon. 

Smith pleaded guilty to fentanyl, heroin and cocaine trafficking during the second day of what was scheduled to be a 10-day trial at Court of Queen’s Bench. He then entered guilty pleas to unauthorized transfer of a handgun, unlawful possession of a handgun for the purpose of trafficking and conspiring with a police agent to traffic cocaine. 

Tue
07
Mar

REAL SCOOP: Update on sentencing in the Hells Angels and friends case

There has been a delay in some of the sentencing hearings in the drug conspiracy case involving two Hells Angels and their associates.

B.C. Supreme Court Justice Carol Ross explained Monday that she has been delayed at a trial in Prince Rupert and therefore would not be available to resume the sentencing hearings for James Howard, Bryan Oldham, David Giles and Shawn Womacks until later this month.   

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Ross spoke by phone in courtroom 74 to Ian Donaldson, the lawyer representing Oldham, the full-patch HA member who was convicted last fall of possession for the purpose of trafficking. His sentencing has been adjourned to March 24.  

Fri
03
Mar

Hells Angels still trying to get belongings from 2009 raid of Hamilton clubhouse

The Hells Angels were back in court Friday, trying to get back possessions they say police took from their Hamilton clubhouse during a raid in 2009.

Their attempts, however, were unsuccessful — mainly because Crown prosecutors say the government doesn't have the belongings the motorcycle club is demanding.

The Hells Angels Motorcycle Corporation and member Andre Watteel had a number of items returned in 2013 after a judge ordered all seized property be given back immediately.

And most of it was, but not everything, Hells Angels lawyer Chris Argiropoulos argued on Friday. Ontario Court Justice Andrew Goodman, however, dismissed Argiropoulos' new application.

Fri
24
Feb

Bust at biker’s chop shop leads to forfeiture of customized motorcycles, vehicle parts and tools

A local man behind one of the largest-scale chop shops ever busted in the Okanagan has agreed to forfeit customized motorcycles, vehicle parts and tools to B.C.’s Civil Forfeiture Office (CFO).

Under a court-approved settlement, John Edward Newcome has signed over two dozen complete or partial motorcycles, including sport bikes, choppers and custom Harley-Davidsons. Also forfeited are garage and trades tools including bike hoists, a wheel balancer, a tire machine, welders and a drill press. Some of the assets are currently listed online at www.bcauction.ca and open to public bidding; others will be posted in the days ahead. Viewing details will appear in the auction listings.

Thu
23
Feb

Sudbury police station bomber dies

Ion William Croitoru, 53, was a member of a biker gang when station was bombed in 1996

One of the men convicted in the bombing of the Greater Sudbury Police station in the 1990s has died.

Ion William Croitoru, 53, who wrestled as Johnny K-9 and Bruiser Bedlam in the WWF and Smoky Mountain Wrestling, was found dead in a Toronto halfway house, according to media reports. Croitoru was also a member of the Satan's Choice bike gang.

In 1996, he and some friends were kicked out of Solid Gold, a former strip club in Sudbury, for wearing gang colours. They plotted revenge by planning to blow the place up, but changed their minds and ended up planting the device by police headquarters, blowing a hole in the side of the building and causing more than $100,000 damage.

He was convicted in 1998, and sentenced to 33 months in jail. 

Thu
23
Feb

Two members of outlaw motorcycle gangs collared in Fort McMurray drug trafficking sting

Two men are charged after police in Fort McMurray say they arrested two members of Hells Angels support clubs — the Tribal and Syndicate motorcycle groups.

The Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT) and Wood Buffalo RCMP arrested the two men Feb. 15 as part of a drug trafficking investigation. Though both men are from Fort McMurray, one of them is a member of the Red Deer Syndicate club, say police.  

As part of the probe, police searched two homes and seized a loaded nine-millimetre handgun with the serial number removed, 40 rounds of ammunition, 40 grams of cocaine, 10 grams of psilocybin mushrooms and several Tribal motorcycle club vests. 

Tribal and Syndicate are among two dozen Hells Angels support clubs in the province, said ALERT in a Thursday news release. A Syndicate chapter was established in Fort McMurray in 2009, compared to the newer chapter of Tribal, first seen in November 2016. 

Mon
13
Feb

Hells Angel Robert Allen found guilty of cocaine trafficking

Robert Allen charged during Project Forseti raids in 2015

A member of the Hells Angels has been convicted of cocaine trafficking.

Rob Allen, 36, was arrested in the RCMP's Project Forseti, a massive drug investigation which saw 19 homes and businesses raided across Alberta and Saskatchewan.

Crown witness Noel Harder testified he worked undercover with the RCMP trying to get evidence that Allen was organizing the movement of cocaine between the two provinces.

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