Quebec biker gang members with ties to Hells Angels face drug trafficking charges

Arrests linked to cocaine, amphetamines and cash seized earlier this year

Six members of the Beast Crew motorcycle group are facing drug trafficking charges after being arrested in Sorel-Tracy, Que.

Those arrested include the suspected leader of the group, 37-year-old Martin Raymond of St-Robert, and the treasurer, 46-year-old Stéphane Laflamme.

All six were set to appear in court on Monday afternoon. 

The Sûreté du Québec said the arrests are linked to raids carried out earlier this spring, when police seized 200 grams of cocaine, amphetamines, three kilograms of marijuana, contraband cigarettes and $30,000 in cash.

SQ Sgt. Daniel Thibodeau says the money generated by the Beast Crew was being funnelled directly to the Hells Angels. 


Black Piston members are criminals, but Ontario motorcycle club not a criminal organization, judge finds

When police crashed into the fortified clubhouse of the Black Pistons Motorcycle Club in St. Catharines, Ont., in the early hours of Nov. 6, 2013, the raid ended an eight-month drug probe with arrests and charges that the club was a criminal organization.

Police seized the biker club’s constitution, a membership list, bikers’ crested jackets, new crests for an expansion as well as drugs, money and weapons.

The court, however, has now split the difference between the police allegations and denials of the accused: key members, including the founder of the Black Pistons, were found guilty but a judge rejected a call to declare the club a criminal organization.


Millions of dollars in cash found buried near former Hells Angels bunker

Police in Sherbrooke have unearthed around $45 million on a former Hells Angels compound.

The money was buried in plastic buckets in various spots of land, and was only found after police received the tip from former gang member Sylvain Boulanger. According to the Journal de Montreal, Boulanger was paid nearly $3 million for his information.

The site has been under police surveillance since many members of the Hells were arrested following 2009's Operation SharQC. Despite being fenced off, the grounds have been broken into on several occasions since being seized by the Quebec government. The most recent attempt to get into the compound occurred last month.


Hells Angels nix elite Ottawa-area chapter

Bikers and police not commenting on closure of Nomads, which follows shooting of boxer and Angel Phil Boudreault

The Hells Angels have shut down their elite Nomads chapter outside Ottawa, just a month after hosting a national gathering of more than 500 outlaw bikers.

Neither the bikers nor the police are saying why there is no longer a Nomads chapter (also known as a charter) on Piperville Rd. off Hwy. 417, just a 15-minute drive from downtown Ottawa.

“It’s closed,” Det.-Staff Sgt. Len Isnor, head of the provincial biker enforcement unit, said on Tuesday. “There is no Nomads chapter.”

The Nomads are considered an elite group of bikers who require little direction.

There were about a dozen of them in Ontario.


Operation SharQc ends with a whimper as last Hells Angel with open case pleads guilty to conspiracy

The last open case in Operation SharQc ended with a whimper on Tuesday as one of the founding members of the Hells Angels in Canada pleaded guilty to being part of the gang’s biker war in Quebec. 

Robert Bonomo, 69, one of the first men to become a Hells Angels when a gang called the Popeyes was patched over by the world’s biggest outlaw motorcycle gang on Dec. 5, 1977, admitted at the Montreal courthouse that he was part of the general murder conspiracy that was the basis of Operation SharQc. 


Two Black Pistons convicted on drug charges

Two members of the Black Pistons Motorcycle Club have been found guilty of drug trafficking and weapons related charges, but a judge found there was not enough evidence to prove the club was part of a criminal organization.

Randy McGean, 44, who organized the Black Pistons, and Isaac Lucas, 38, who was described in court as McGean's right-hand man, have been convicted of trafficking in cocaine and herion.

McGean was also found guilty of being in possession of cash that was proceeds of crime, plus five weapons-related charges that related to a taser and a switchblade knife.

Lyle Gough, 27, was found not guilty of two charges, trafficking and conspiracy to traffic in heroin. Most of the evidence gathered against Gough related to telephone interceptions by police where heroin was discussed. Lucas was the seller and Gough was the purchaser. During one of the conversations, Gough asked for a sample of the product and Lucas told him he would have to wait.


Saskatoon Hells Angel Robert Allen pleads guilty to drugs and weapon charges

Defence lawyer says weapon charge laid because of membership in motorcycle club

The lone Saskatoon Hells Angel charged in last year's Project Forseti busts pleaded guilty this morning to drugs and weapons charges.

Robert Allen, 36, was fined a total of $585 in provincial court.

Allen pleaded guilty to possessing 27 oxycontin and hydromorphone pills, and a set of brass knuckles. The items were seized when police raided his home in early January 2014.

It was part of a larger operation in which police said they seized more than $8 million worth of drugs and 200 guns.

Many of the men charged are alleged members of the Fallen Saints motorcycle club.

Outside court today, defence lawyer Morris Bodnar said Allen was charged with the weapons offense because he's a member of the Hells Angels.


Quebec Court of Appeal reduces sentences of several Hells Angels

Thirty-five Hells Angels have seen the sentences they received significantly reduced in one fell swoop, after having pled guilty to participating in a plot to murder their enemies. 

The sentences were reduced in a decision released on Wednesday by the Quebec Court of Appeal. The decision is yet another considerable blow to the legitimacy of how Quebec’s provincial prosecution bureau (Directeur des poursuites criminelles et pénales) handled Operation SharQc, a lengthy investigation into the biker gang that initially appeared to have crippled the Hells Angels in the province in 2009. 


Hells Angels stopover prompts North Bay businesses to post 'no gangs' signs

Once the sign is posted, bar owners can legally ask outlaw bikers to leave the premises

Several North Bay groups are aiming to create an unwelcome environment for organized crime — including some biker gangs.   

Signs are popping up in some restaurants and bars in North Bay that state, "No Gang Colours, No Gang Clothing."

The warnings come after a recent visit by the Hells Angels, who stopped en route to Ottawa, said North Bay's Chief of Police Shawn Devine.

"We had approximately 75 Hells Angels from across Canada, from different provinces in the city on one evening," Devine said. "We have heard concerns from local citizens, from local businesses in which these members from Hells Angels were in [establishments]."


Thunder Bay police say Hells Angels still in the city

2006 raid effectively spelled the end of Thunder Bay chapter

Thunder Bay police say despite a raid about 10 years ago that shut down the local chapter, the Hells Angels continue to have a presence in the city.

Spokesperson Chris Adams told CBC News there are still members of the organization in town, but they're connected with the Hamilton chapter.