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. 


Defence challenges Project Forseti search warrant for Fallen Saints president

A Saskatoon defence lawyer is challenging the reasons for a search warrant that led to gun and drug charges against Mark Michael Nowakowski, the president of the Fallen Saints Motorcycle Club, whose home was raided in connection with Project Forseti.  

The 15-month drug investigation targeting members of the Fallen Saints and Hells Angels culminated in police raids across the province. When police officers stormed into Nowakowski’s home on Jan. 14, 2015, wearing SWAT gear and with their guns drawn, the “violent, aggressive and dynamic” entry wasn’t approved by the justice who issued the search warrant, defence lawyer Nicholas Stooshinoff argued. 

Instead, he said it was unnecessary, uncalled for and used to demonstrate the “awesome power of the state.”


Founder of Loners motorcycle club charged with gun offence, threatening death

Gennaro "Jim" Raso, from Woodbridge, was denied bail last week

The founding member and president of the motorcycle club The Loners in York Region has been charged with uttering threats and discharging a firearm recklessly.

Toronto Police say Gennaro "Jim" Raso was arrested after the alleged incident took place near Royal York and Allenhurst roads, in Etobicoke on Aug. 3.

He was charged with the seven counts of threats and endangering a life on Aug. 7.

The following day, investigators swooped in on his Woodbridge home after gaining a warrant to search the property.

At his court date on Aug. 11, his bid for bail was turned down by a judge.

The Loners were targeted as part of a large York police bust in 2013, during which officers conducted 12 pre-dawn raids, arresting four alleged members of the club and nine others.


Hells Angels: police funeral benefit to the state of play

Hundreds of bikers from across the country moved to Montreal to pay their last tribute to Kenny Bédard who, at age 51, had just become a member of the Hells. He had long we had seen so many.

According to the expert in organized crime Pierre de Champlain, the Hells Angels and their relatives wanted to make a show of force. The criminal organization is in the process of restructuring, a few years after being decimated by the SharQc operation in 2009.


Hells Angels members expected at Pointe-Saint-Charles church for funeral

Kenny Bedard died in a motorcycle accident in New Brunswick at the end of July

Hells Angels members are expected to gather in large numbers today at Saint-Charles church in Pointe-Saint-Charles for the funeral of a recently killed biker.

Kenny Bedard was 51 when he died in a motorcycle accident in New Brunswick at the end of July.

Nine others were injured when their motorcycles got into an accident with an RV.

Police are also expected to show a large presence outside the church for this afternoon's funeral.

Bedard had just recently become a member of the Hells Angels.