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Hells Angel facing B.C. civil forfeiture suit dies of suspected overdose

A member of the West Point Hells Angels died of a suspected overdose last week while in the middle of a court case with the B.C. Civil Forfeiture office.

Lukasz Cimoszko, 36, was found dead near Barriere, RCMP Sgt. Janelle Shoihet confirmed Monday.

She said there was nothing suspicious about the death and the B.C. Coroners Service is leading the investigation.

Coroners’ spokesman Andy Watson said he couldn’t comment. 

Social media tribute to Hells Angel Lukasz Cimoszko, centre, who died last week. Also pictured is Hells Angel Bob Green, left, who was shot to death in October 2016 and Hells Angel Bjorn Sylvest, who died in July 2016 while house boating on Shuswap Lake.

Social media tributes were pouring in for Cimoszko, who became a full-patch member of the notorious biker gang in 2012.

Tue
17
Apr
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Ex-Hells Angels chief 'Mom' Boucher pleads guilty to prison-hatched murder plot

Boucher admits to conspiring to murder high-ranking mafioso Raynald Desjardins

Ex-Hells Angels chief Maurice "Mom" Boucher has pleaded guilty to conspiring to murder a high-ranking Mafia member while both men were behind bars.

Boucher entered the plea Tuesday at the Gouin courthouse, Quebec's Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions confirmed. Jury selection for the trial was set to begin next week.

Boucher plotted to have Raynald Desjardins, a rival in the criminal underworld, killed by another person while they were serving time in separate institutions. The plan never came to fruition.

According to an agreed statement of facts, Boucher conspired with two accomplices to have Desjardins assassinated at the Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines penitentiary in 2015.

Desjardins's case was subject to delays, however, and he wasn't transferred to a federal penitentiary until the next year.

Mon
16
Apr
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Inquiry begins into Calgary police conduct after arrest of Hells Angel

2 arresting officers ultimately cleared of wrongdoing in 2008 incident

A special hearing looking into the circumstances surrounding the 2008 arrest of a known biker gang member that resulted in two Calgary police officers facing charges will hear from 15 witnesses, including the ex-police chief Rick Hanson.

The five-day inquiry is looking into the actions of Const. Brant Derrick and Sgt. Les Kaminski, who were charged with assault in the arrest of Jason Arkinstall, a member of the Hells Angels.

Kaminski was later charged with perjury relating to Arkinstall's trial.

It was alleged the officers used excessive force during Arkinstall's arrest.

Tue
10
Apr
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Manitoba Hells Angels target businesses by posting 1-star reviews

Hotel and restaurant policy bans gang colours and paraphernalia

When the president of the Manitoba Nomads, a chapter of the outlaw motorcycle gang the Hells Angels, heard his members had been turned away from a hotel for wearing their trademark logos, he called on them to boycott the business.

They obeyed Dale Kelland in droves.

On March 27, supporters took to social media to express their displeasure with the Marion Hotel. When the small Winnipeg business removed its Facebook page, the bikers and their friends turned their attention to the Marion Street Eatery, the restaurant in the hotel.

Within 24 hours hundreds of people, most of them from outside Canada, posted one-star reviews on the restaurant's Facebook page, reducing its 4.5-star reputation to three stars overnight. 

Tue
03
Apr
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Trial of Hells Angel Robin Moulton and 'known associate' set for February

3 weeks set aside for trial of Moulton and Marie Antonette Bugay on numerous drugs, weapons offences

The trial of a Fredericton man identified by RCMP as a full-patch member of the Hells Angels and one of his "known associates" has been scheduled for next year.

Robin Moulton, 48, and Marie Antonette Bugay, 40, also of Fredericton, will stand trial together on numerous drugs and weapons-related offences in Woodstock's Court of Queen's Bench, starting on Feb. 4 at 9:30 a.m.

Three weeks have been set aside for the judge-alone trial.

Their defence lawyers had requested the trial be held in Woodstock — the same courthouse a judge previously expressed security concerns about. The Crown did not object.

A pre-trial conference will be held on July 24 at 9:30 a.m.

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02
Apr
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Motorcycle Gang Members Enter Not Guilty Pleas to 17 Charges

Three outlaw motorcycle gang members are heading to trial by judge and jury in connection to a massive 2016 drug bust.

Vincent A. Leonard, Wayne Johnson and James Curran are facing 17 charges including participating in an criminal organization, possession and trafficking in a controlled substance. This morning in Supreme Court, the men stood and entered not guilty pleas to each count.

Nearly a dozen people were arrested back in September of 2016 as part of Operation Bombard—a drug bust targeting an outlaw motorcycle gang.

The trial has been set for five-weeks beginning January 15, 2019.

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Mar
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Members of P.E.I. Hells Angels prospect club plead guilty to operating lottery schemes, games of chance

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. - Nine alleged members of the Hells Angels prospect club in Charlottetown pleaded guilty to illegal gaming in provincial court in Charlottetown Thursday.

Ronald Joseph Dean Cook, 46, Blake Edward Culleton, 35, Corey Gordon Falls, 29, Robert “Bobby” Vernon Falls, 63, Brad Charles Gallant, 26, Ian Roulston Kennedy, 54, Kenneth Boyde MacLeod, 48, Shawn Gregory Paquet, 30, and Tristan Edward Watts, 20, each received a $1,200 fine and 12 months’ probation.

The charges relating to participating in activities of a criminal organization were stayed by the crown.

Kennedy was not present, but his lawyer pleaded guilty for him. His sentence will be imposed April 3.  

In addition, MacLeod received 30 days jail for possessing a firearm after he failed to surrender all of his firearms after he was released on an undertaking Aug. 17.

Thu
29
Mar
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Hells Angels to hold annual convention in Quebec

The Hells Angels are going to stage their annual Canada Run in Quebec this summer.

The Canada Run is the gang's equivalent of annual convention.

Last year about 500 bikers descended on Calgary.

The Journal de Montreal says there are about 70 members of the gang based in Quebec, but as many as 700 could attend the event.

The date and location have not been announced.

The last time Quebec bikers hosted the Canada Run it was held at the Sanair racetrack near Saint-Pie.

 
Wed
28
Mar
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Biker unit executes search warrants in Barrie

Police search homes on Pickett Crescent, Wessenger Crescent in city's south end

Three people were arrested and charged after the OPP’s biker enforcement unit executed a pair of search warrants in Barrie on Tuesday.

Provincial police, with assistance from the OPP and Barrie police tactical units, searched a pair of homes on Pickett Crescent and Wessenger Crescent in the city's south end.

Pickett Crescent is located near Big Bay Point and Huronia roads, while Wessenger Crescent is in the area of Mapleview Drive and Essa Road. 

Police said some of the items seized included cash, firearms, ammunition, a bulletproof vest, cocaine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Mon
26
Mar
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Saskatoon police informant says he was 'subject to psychological torture' while in Witness Protection Program

(video)---A police informant whose collaboration with Saskatoon city police allowed investigators to undertake a massive operation targeting gang and organized crime is suing the federal government.

Noel Harder’s lawsuit alleges the RCMP caused him and his family emotional, psychological and financial distress while they were in the federal Witness Protection Program (WPP).

Harder was a member of the Fallen Saints Motorcycle Club and was under police surveillance when officers pulled him over in 2014 and found guns in his truck. He made a deal: in exchange for avoiding criminal charges, he would work with police as a confidential informant on Project Forseti.

Noel Harder

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