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Meet Noel Harder. Testifying against the Hells Angels led to a $2M bounty on his head. Then he got kicked out of the Witness Protection Program.
 

Noel Harder risked his life as a secret police agent, then spent three years testifying as the star witness against drug dealers, gun runners, mobsters and the Hells Angels.

Today he’s a marked man with an apparent $2-million bounty on his head.

And he’s on his own.

The RCMP kicked Harder out of the federal Witness Protection Program last month and, by his account, reneged on one promise after another.

These aren't just the words of a man labelled a "rat" and "snitch" after his double life was exposed; Harder served as the inside man on Project Forseti, the largest organized crime investigation in Saskatchewan history.

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London may face fallout of Hells Angels-Outlaws tensions: OPP expert

With tensions rising between the Hells Angels and the Outlaws, the OPP’s top biker cop warns no community, including London, is immune from violence that may result from the jockeying for turf.

The warning comes as the Ontario Provincial Police prepare to launch a campaign to educate the public about outlaw motorcycle clubs and deter people from buying the gangs’ merchandise.

A raid two weeks ago on the Oshawa home of a known Hells Angels affiliate yielded guns, drugs and evidence suggesting the biker gang’s longtime feud with the Outlaws is heating up, said Det.-Staff Sgt. Anthony Renton, the head of the OPP biker enforcement unit.

“Because what our intelligence is telling us now, and what we’re seeing in other parts of Canada, is there is violence occurring between the Hells Angels and the Outlaws. It can happen in London,” he said.

“Everything is about territory and jurisdiction and where can they profit . . . and get ahead of their rival gang.”

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B.C. firefighter who posed with Hells Angels defends Florian's Knights biker club

Retired Vancouver Fire and Rescue battalion chief and union president says firefighter club 'just a bunch of guys that ride'

B.C.’s public safety minister is concerned about them, the province’s anti-gang agency has them on its radar and the City of Burnaby is investigating them, but members of a local firefighters biker club say people have got them all wrong.

The Florian’s Knights motorcycle club formed in 2016 and is made up of active and retired firefighters from Burnaby, New Westminster and Vancouver.

The club made headlines this week after a photo of one its founding members – Burnaby firefighter Nick Elmes – and three members of the Hells Angels was spotted on social media by the Vancouver Sun and Province.

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Founder of firefighters' biker club poses with Hells Angels

(video)---B.C.’s public safety minister says he has serious concerns about a new motorcycle club of Lower Mainland firefighters called Florian’s Knights that has been attending events with the Hells Angels.

“This is just disturbing on so many levels,” Mike Farnworth said after Postmedia obtained a photo of a founding member of the Knights posing with three Hells Angels.

Farnworth said firefighters face incredible danger on the job, made worse in recent years by “a rise in fires in homes where drug labs are located.”

“And many of those labs allegedly have links to the Hells Angels. So I find it more than a bit disturbing that you’ve got a motorcycle gang composed of firefighters associating with Hells Angels who may be making their job even more dangerous than it already is.”

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Three facing charges after raid on Oshawa home allegedly linked to Hells Angels

ORILLIA, Ont. -- Provincial police say a woman and two men are facing a dozen charges each after searches at an Oshawa, Ont., home allegedly linked to the Hells Angels.

Police say weapons, ammunition, drugs and outlaw motorcycle gang paraphernalia were seized.

They say the seizure supports recent reports of rising tensions and violence between the Hells Angels and Outlaws MC groups and their support clubs.

Three people from Oshawa -- a 26-year-old woman and men aged 32 and 33 -- face charges that include careless storage of a firearm, unauthorized possession of firearms, and possession of GHB for the purposes of trafficking.

OPP say they are searching for a fourth suspect.

The three accused were to appear for a bail hearing Monday in an Oshawa court.

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Legion organization to refuse entry to anyone wearing colours, logos of motorcycle gangs

SUMMERSIDE – Motorcyclists who wear certain motorcycle club colours will have trouble getting into Legions across P.E.I. and nationwide as the organization prepares to instate a “no colours” policy.

The new rule has impacted an Atlantic Confederation of Clubs and Independents Unity Ride that had been set for the Miscouche Legion this past Saturday.

The ride, organized by the ACC, was for club members, independent bikers, and enthusiasts to have a chance to get together, discuss current events in the Atlantic provinces, and then end it off with a ride.

Edwin DesRoches, president of the Miscouche Legion, declined to comment about the reason for his organization’s decision when contacted by the Journal Pioneer.

At the national level, Legion official Nujma Bond said the topic of banning “outlaw motorcycle club” (OMC) and street gang colours has been discussed.

Colours include club logos and rockers.

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Alleged Hells Angels leader Salvatore Cazzetta sues Quebec for $2 million

The alleged biker gang leader claims prosecutors and cops held back key information during his bail hearing.

An alleged leader among the Hells Angels in Quebec has filed a lawsuit against the attorney general of Quebec, seeking more than $2 million while alleging he was detained without cause following his arrest in a major drug-trafficking case. He alleges prosecutors and police held back key evidence during his bail hearing.

The lawsuit filed at the Montreal courthouse by Salvatore Cazzetta, 63, an alleged member of the Hells Angels since roughly 2004, involves a case in which he and 20 other people were charged in November 2015 with a series of criminal offences related to drug trafficking in the Mercier—Hochelaga—Maisonneuve borough. Besides being an alleged Hells Angels leader, Cazzetta has been observed meeting with several people tied to the Montreal Mafia in recent years.

Two police investigators and three prosecutors are also named in the lawsuit.

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Riding Season: Outlaw bikers celebrate, police make their presence felt and the Post follows along

From Victoria Day weekend in Niagara Falls to the sprawling Friday the 13th motorcycle bash in Port Dover in October, the National Post followed along as Ontario’s bikers and cops did their colourful tango

As temperatures climb and the residuum of salt and grit from winter driving clears, Canada’s bikers start an annual routine.

Riding season is a consideration for every motorcyclist in the country, but for the subset of riders in outlaw motorcycle clubs the routine is regimented — perhaps surprisingly for bands of outlaws, bikers have strict internal rules, and in Canada those rules stipulate exactly when they have to ride their Harley-Davidson motorcycles. If they don’t have a road-worthy bike for the opening of the season, their club typically levies a fine.

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Watchdog orders inquiry into city police incident that saw man left in freezing conditions

Allegations that city police ignored a complaint about the conduct of two of its officers have led to another public inquiry into how the force investigates its own.

A decision by the Law Enforcement Review Board (LERB) to hold the hearing comes on the heels of a five-day inquiry last month into why it took the Calgary Police Service three years to trigger an investigation into the violent arrest of a Hells Angels member after a judge castigated two officers’ court testimony.

In the latest allegation, the LERB states the force dismissed a complaint by a Calgary man who says two officers detained him and then left him lightly dressed in downtown Calgary on a -17 C early morning on Dec.  28, 2013.

The incident began when constables Ben Donockley and K. Kwasnica encountered Godfred Addai-Nyamekye and two other men whose vehicle was stuck in a snow bank in Ramsay.

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Ex-Hells Angels chief 'Mom' Boucher sentenced to 10 years for murder plot

Sentence will run concurrently to life sentence he is serving for 1997 murders of 2 prison guards

 

Ex-Hells Angels chief Maurice "Mom" Boucher has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to conspiring to kill a former rival, high-ranking Mafia member Raynald Desjardins.

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

Boucher's plan never came to fruition, and he was arrested in his cell that year.

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