Tue
10
Dec
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Massive meth, cocaine bust 'saved some lives': RCMP

Stopping 220,000 hits of methamphetamine from hitting the streets of Winnipeg was cause for celebration Tuesday at the RCMP's Manitoba headquarters.

"I think we actually saved some lives here," assistant commissioner Jane MacLatchy, commanding officer of the Manitoba RCMP, said at a news conference on "Project Declass," a 16-month probe that led to the largest seizure of methamphetamine in Manitoba history.

 

"It's an enormous amount of product," MacLatchy said of the 22 kilograms of meth, along with 43 kg of cocaine (worth an estimated $6.5 million on the street). "The impact of these drugs is immense — it's tearing families apart and destroying communities... Suddenly, the supply chain has been disrupted.

"In the short term, what you're going to see is a very large impact on local drug availability," she said, acknowledging that void will eventually be filled by another drug dealer.

Fri
06
Dec
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Full-patch Hells Angel among nine arrested in largest meth bust in Manitoba: RCMP

WINNIPEG -- After a number of homes in Winnipeg and the Interlake were searched in the early morning hours of Wednesday, RCMP say they have made one of the largest meth seizures in Manitoba and have arrested a full-patch Hells Angel member.

On Wednesday the RCMP organized crime team executed nine search warrants in Manitoba and Alberta. Seven of those searches were in Winnipeg, one was in St. Laurent, Man., and one was in Calgary, Alta.

RCMP said the investigation has led to seizures of meth, cocaine, cash, and a number of vehicles. RCMP said while the total amount of drugs and money seized still needs to be counted – it is expected to be the largest meth seizures in the province.

Wed
04
Dec
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Friction between biker gangs revving up in N.S., says law enforcement

Hells Angels supporters have exchanged words with Black Pistons members

Tensions between rival biker gangs are on the rise in Nova Scotia as motorcycle clubs affiliated with the Hells Angels try to fend off their competition, according to an RCMP expert who has watched the developments closely in the province.

A number of times in the last year supporters of the Hells Angels have butted heads with an opposing gang called the Black Pistons, which surfaced a few years ago in Nova Scotia, said Staff Sgt. Guylaine Cottreau.

Earlier this year, things got tense between the two groups at a motorcycle show at Halifax's Exhibition Park. Hells Angels supporters and members of the Black Pistons had heated words when they came across each other.

It was much the same thing at last year's Wharf Rat Rally, an annual Labour Day weekend convention in Digby, N.S., that draws upwards of 20,000 motorcycle lovers.

Sat
30
Nov
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Fourth person arrested after man found badly injured in truck in June 2016

HALIFAX — A fourth person is now facing charges after a man was found badly injured in a pickup truck in Cape Breton in June 2016.

The RCMP found the truck parked alongside Highway 105 in Glendale, N.S. on June 7, 2016.

Police say the man inside had sustained serious injuries and was airlifted to hospital in critical condition.

Police later determined that the man had actually been assaulted inside an outlaw motorcycle gang clubhouse in New Glasgow, N.S., and then driven to Cape Breton in the pickup truck, where he was left.

Three men were arrested and charged in connection with the incident in November 2018.

Police say a fourth man was arrested in Dartmouth Thursday morning.

David James Bishop is facing charges of aggravated assault, forcible confinement, conspiracy to commit an indictable offence, and accessory after the fact.

Thu
28
Nov
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Business owned by Hells Angels associate raided by police in Kamloops

Kamloops RCMP and CFSEU executed three search warrants recently as part of an investigation into drug trafficking

(more photos) --- A Kamloops gardening store owned by a close associate of a slain Hells Angels’ member has been raided by anti-gang police as part of a drug trafficking investigation.

Kamloops RCMP and the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit said in a news release Tuesday that the searches were conducted on the Sunshine Gardens Superstore in the 1700-block of Kelly Douglas Road, as well as at two residences — one in the 100-block of Knollwood Drive and the other in the 1000-block of Kinross Place.

Cpl. Jodi Shelkie said two men — aged 50 and 24 — were arrested, but have been released while the investigation continues.

Thu
21
Nov
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Thunder Bay fire destroys Hells Angels clubhouse and Rizzo's Cabinets

A fire Tuesday night destroyed the Hells Angels Clubhouse and Rizzo's Cabinets on Simpson Street.

Thunder Bay Fire Rescue says the initial call came in at 10:24 pm.

Platoon Chief Edward Hill said more calls were coming in while crews were on their way to the fire, with crews calling a second alarm while heading to the scene.

Hill said arriving firefighters found heavy flame and smoke coming from the back of the Hells Angels Clubhouse and the fire was spread into the roof of Rizzo's Cabinets,  but they were able to keep it from spreading further.

"We actually managed to make a good stop and the old, I believe it's European Bakery, we managed to keep the fire from spreading into that structure or the Underground Gym that was south of that structure," said Hill.

Thu
31
Oct
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Police are going door-to-door to reassure Brossard neighbourhood where suspected biker was shot

MONTREAL - A day after a suspected member of the Hells Angels was shot and killed in the parking lot of a gym on Taschereau Blvd., Longueuil police canvassed the neighbourhood to reassure merchants and residents.

"We know that this type of incident can sometimes contribute to increased feelings of insecurity among some residents," the Service de police de l'agglomeration de Longueuil (SPAL) said in a statement Thursday.

On Wednesday morning, Roger Bishop, a 49-year-old man who has been linked to the Hells Angels in Quebec, was shot and killed in the parking lot of the World Gym on Taschereau Blvd. in the Brossard borough of Longueuil. A burned-out vehicle was found near the site of the shooting.

Tue
15
Oct
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New Brunswick Hells Angels member granted day parole

A man the police describe as a full-patch member of the Hells Angels New Brunswick Nomads chapter has been granted day parole, despite opposition from local police and Correctional Service Canada.

Police believe Robin Moulton returned to his home province of New Brunswick in 2016 not just to sell motorcycle apparel, but with the purpose of setting up a chapter for Hells Angels, according to an Oct. 3 Parole Board of Canada decision.

The New Brunswick Nomads chapter is part of an eastern expansion for Canada's largest and most powerful outlaw motorcycle gang, which also established a chapter in Charlottetown this year.

Moulton, 50, was sentenced last October to 4½ years in prison for possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking and possession of a drug press with the intention of producing or trafficking a substance.

Sat
21
Sep
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N.S. RCMP say they'll be monitoring outlaw biker gathering in Annapolis Valley

HALIFAX -- RCMP say they will be on hand for what's expected to be a large gathering of outlaw biker gangs in Nova Scotia's Annapolis Valley on Saturday.

The Mounties tweeted Friday to advise motorists they will be conducting road safety checkpoints in the Wilmot, N.S., area.

Cpl. Jennifer Clarke, a spokeswoman for the force, said the biker gathering is being hosted by the Darksiders club which has a chapter in the area.

"We don't believe there's any risk to public safety, but we do feel we should warn the public that we will be in the area doing increased traffic enforcement," said Clarke.

Clarke couldn't say how many bikers would be attending the event but added police believe members of the Hells Angels, Bacchus, and the Red Devils -- a Hells Angels affiliate group -- would be in attendance. She wouldn't say what police know about the meeting.

Thu
19
Sep
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Winnipeg police raid Manitoba Hells Angels clubhouse for selling booze without a licence

Club believed 'Donations only' signs above bar would prevent police from busting them, search documents say

Winnipeg police raided two Manitoba Hells Angels clubhouses and charged three people with selling liquor without a licence under the Liquor, Gaming and Cannabis Control Act.

The search warrants were executed in December 2018 after police said they received information from three people that the Hells Angels were selling liquor without a licence inside two clubhouses in rural Manitoba houses. One is in the rural municipality of Rosser, the other on Redonda Street in the rural municipality of Springfield.

Police affidavits say the informants told investigators there is a set price for booze at the clubhouse bars and the Angels believed that law enforcement couldn't investigate them if they put up signs that said "Donations."

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