60 cops involved in Hells Angels-linked raids north of Montreal

A third wave of raids aimed at breaking what police contend is a drug trafficking network linked to the Hells Angels was carried out Thursday morning, with 60 police officers executing warrants in five municipalities north of Montreal.

Eight raids were carried out in residences, warehouses and in one commercial establishment. As was the case with similar operations carried out on Tuesday and on Jan. 24, no arrests were made.

Thursday’s operation, overseen by an anti-organized crime task force spearheaded by the Sûreté du Québec, saw raids carried out in Mirabel, Saint-Colomban, Saint-André-d’Argenteuil, Ascension and Prévost. 


Judge stays first-degree murder charges in Hells Angels killing

A judge has stayed charges of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder against a Dartmouth man who was awaiting his third trial in connection with a 2000 killing ordered by the Hells Angels.

Steven Gareau, 61, has been behind bars since Oct. 13, 2000, 10 days after Sean Simmons was shot to death in the lobby of an apartment building in Dartmouth.

Gareau was found guilty at trials in 2004 and 2014 of helping set up the shooting, but the results were overturned by the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal in 2012 and 2016 and new trials ordered.

Justice Jamie Campbell ruled Wednesday in Nova Scotia Supreme Court in Halifax that it would be an abuse of process to try Gareau, who is confined to a wheelchair and in failing health, for a third time.


Raids targeting Hell Angels continue in Montreal, North Shore

A police task force targeting the Hells Angels and spearheaded by the Sûreté du Québec launched a series of raids in Montreal and on the city’s North Shore Tuesday.

SQ officials said the raids, which involved 130 officers, were launched at 17 residences and five business and are part of an ongoing investigation into drug trafficking police suspect has links to “influential members of the Hells Angels.”

No immediate information of arrests or seized evidence was available at noon Tuesday, however a raid carried out by the same task force last month yielded firearms, narcotics and electronic equipment.

This story will be updated.


Hells Angels and the Mafia battle it out in Ontario, but no spillover effect in B.C. yet

A fierce gang war between the Hells Angels and the Mafia has been raging in the lucrative market of Ontario with half a dozen attacks on Hells Angels turf in Ontario and the Gatineau area of Quebec over the past month.

The Toronto Star reported this week that there were fire attacks on a tattoo parlour owned by a Hells Angel from the Woodbridge chapter, and a massage parlour owned by a senior Hells Angel in London, Ontario. Also, a Muskoka cottage owned by a senior Hells Angel from London was gutted by a fire in December.

But all that hasn’t affected any gang equation here in B.C., Sgt. Brenda Winpenny of the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit – BC (CFSEU-BC) told The VOICE on Thursday.


Former Hells Angels hitman becomes target as Quebec bikers push into GTA

Paris Christoforou is nowhere to be seen after narrowly escaping hitmen in Toronto and Montreal.

He was once a feared enforcer for the Hells Angels, called upon to collect debts from gamblers — and even to kill — as part of the world’s largest outlaw motorcycle gang.

But today, Paris Christoforou is nowhere to be seen after narrowly escaping hitmen in Toronto and Montreal.

His enemies have grown to include members of the powerful Hells Angels chapters from Sherbrooke and Trois-Rivières, Que., which kicked him out of the international club in the fall, police and underworld sources say.

Christoforou, 41, has stopped appearing at regular GTA haunts and police say they no longer know where to find him. The Star was also not able to locate him.

The latest attempt on his life came in Montreal in late January. Montreal police refuse to provide information on this attack, saying only that it’s an ongoing investigation.


Hells Angel offers to help people get medical pot-growing licences

A longtime Vancouver Hells Angel is offering to help people get licences to grow their own medical marijuana “everywhere in Canada except Quebec!!!!”

Hal Bruce Porteous, 45, made the offer in an Instagram post, asking followers who want the licence to send him a direct message.

“If anyone is in serious pain and doesn’t want to take prescription medication and would like a medical marijuana license to grow there (sic) own medication, please DM me. This is legal!!” said Porteous, a member of the biker gang’s Vancouver chapter. “Permitted 4 licences at each address!!!!”

Retired police biker expert Andy Richards obtained a copy of the post and provided it to Postmedia. He said it is of concern when a member of a criminal organization appears to be brokering licences in the medical marijuana industry.


Hells Angel Larry Amero arrested and charged in 2012 murder plots of rivals

(video)--Notorious B.C. Hells Angel Larry Amero has been charged with conspiracy to kill gangster rivals Sandip Duhre and Sukhveer Dhak, who died months apart in targeted 2012 shootings.

Amero, 40, was arrested in Ottawa on Thursday by Vancouver police officers, with the assistance of Ottawa police and the Ontario Provincial Police biker enforcement unit.

He will be brought to B.C. to face the conspiracy charges, Vancouver police said Thursday afternoon.

Convicted gang hitman Dean Michael Wiwchar, 32, has also been charged with one count of murder in Duhre’s January 2012 assassination, as well as conspiracy to commit the murder of Dhak in November 2012.


Police want more officers to fight ‘prolific’ growth of Halifax biker gangs

Mildred: (Peggy Malay) “Hey Johnny, what are you rebelling against?”
Johnny: (Marlin Brand) “Whadda you got?”

The Wild One (1953)

It’s every city or town’s nightmare, probably has been since Marlon Brando’s striking movie The Wild One was released in 1953: a biker gang comes to town and all of a sudden a lot of things change–an increase in drug dealing, money laundering and turf wars.

Almost 17 years ago, police in Nova Scotia’s capital of Halifax shot down the notorious gang called the Hells Angels. Things have been fairly smooth since.

Now, the RCMP are expressing concern that outlaw biker gangs “want to get a foothold” in Halifax and its environs.


Biker murder trial: Videos show accused youth pacing outside club

The jury in the shooting death of a London bike gang member viewed a video on Monday of the crucial seconds leading up to the incident.

The youth accused of first-degree murder is seen pacing back and forth in front of four security cameras just outside the after-hours club run by the victim, Steve Sinclair.

But just before 5 a.m, the youth dons a glove, appears to pull something from his clothing and strides quickly across the view of a security camera.

Sgt. James MacLachlan, the London police detective who analysed hours of security video, said the accused youth seemed to be walking “purposefully” after a couple of hours of casually strolling around the property.

The audio then picks up the sound of three gunshots, but an image of the shooting is not captured by any of the four cameras.


Hells Angels return to Carlsbad Springs clubhouse and Ottawa

An elite chapter of the Hells Angels has indeed returned to the capital region, the Ontario Provincial Police confirm.

The Nomads have resumed operations in the same clubhouse on Piperville Road that they abandoned in 2016 in an abrupt disbanding of the Ottawa chapter.

The OPP could not say why the bikers have returned, but said they continue to monitor the outlaw motorcycle gang.

Radio-Canada reported this week that the Nomads had resurged in Ottawa since “violent in-fighting in the summer of 2016 forced them to lie low.”

Radio-Canada, citing anonymous police sources, reported that the “Ottawa-based Nomads chapter recently obtained a new charter from the Hells Angels, but will need to be careful not to encroach on territory ruled by Quebec Hells Angels.”

The OPP’s biker enforcement unit believes the comeback has been recent, with the Nomads returning to the area in the new year.