Edmonton Hells Angels investigation leads to 10 arrests, recovery of $1M in stolen property

Ten people have been arrested after an investigation into Edmonton’s Hells Angels motorcycle club led by the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT).

“Project Al-Wheels” allege the club’s members and associates were involved in theft, re-vinning and trafficking of various stolen trailers and recreational vehicles. Re-vinning refers to the process of giving vehicles false ownership histories and identification numbers.

The investigation dates back to October 2015. A total of 15 search warrants were carried out in Edmonton, Grande Prairie, Alberta Beach, Gunn, Onoway, Morinville, Legal, Ryley, Sherwood Park, Red Deer, St. Albert and Langley, B.C.

Over $1 million in stolen property and 21 firearms were seized in the investigation, including:


Hells Angels pick Ottawa area for summer 'convention'

Mandatory gathering of outlaw bikers expected to draw hundreds from across Canada.

The Hells Angels have chosen the Ottawa-area for a mass gathering of 900 outlaw bikers next month, the Star has learned.

The event is expected to draw 390 members from across the country, as well as members of affiliated junior clubs including the Red Devils, Gatekeepers, 13th Crew and Iron Dragons from Eastern Canada, and the Tribal and Devil’s Arms clubs from the west.

The gathering is scheduled to run July 21-24.

“It’s a show of strength,” a police source said. “They’re the biggest and the baddest.”

Police and Hells Angels declined to be interviewed on the record about the gathering.

Despite the Hells Angels’ long-standing reputation for drugs, weapons and violence, the outlaw bikers are typically on their best behaviour during a so-called “Canada Run,” and this year isn’t expected to be any different, a police source said.


Body discovered in Osgoode

Police continue to investigate

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Ottawa police are investigating a scene on River Road in Osgoode where a body was found around 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 25.

Dozens of police officers, paramedics and members of the major crimes unit were on scene at 3634 River Rd., where a body was discovered in the river.

Police have confirmed that the body was discovered in the river, but not the cause of death or an identity.

Dive teams were on site and appeared to be preparing for a water investigation.

Neighbours who have lived across the street from the scene since the 1980s said the area is usually very quiet, and that the biker club who has rented the house for the last year or so is usually very peaceful. They said the club has gatherings with several motorcycles on weekends, but that they never hear any noise coming from the property.


'Mom' Boucher court appearance moved to secure courthouse

Ex-biker gang chief stands accused of conspiring to murder high-ranking mafioso

The upcoming court appearances of ex-Hells Angels chief Maurice "Mom" Boucher have been moved to a secure courthouse in Montreal. 

Boucher had initially been scheduled to appear at a courthouse in Longueuil, Que., south of Montreal.

He is accused of conspiring to murder Raynald Desjardins, a high-ranking Mafia member.

But a Quebec Superior Court Justice Marco LaBrie on Friday granted a request by Crown prosecutors to have the preliminary hearings moved to Montreal's Gouin courthouse, which has an underground tunnel to the nearby Bordeaux prison. 



Heavy police presence at court for appearance of biker gang leader

The man believed to be the leader of a resurrected biker gang appeared briefly in a courtroom in L’Orignal on firearms charges Monday.

Jean-François Émard, 39, is believed to be the boss of the Rock Machine, bikers who fought a bitter and bloody war with the Hells Angels in the 1990s. Émard was joined in court by Pascal Carrier, 47, who also faces firearms charges. 

At the courthouse, the two were surrounded by heavy police security including a dog sniffing for explosives.

The pair were arrested in Casselman Friday night after an altercation at a bar.

Émard is a large, muscular man with short hair and tattoos along his right arm. He has a large tattoo with the symbol “1%” on his neck — a symbol often used by bikers who identify themselves as the small fraction of society that doesn’t follow its rules.


Rock Machine boss one of two facing weapons charges after arrest in Casselman

Rock Machine motorcycle gang boss Jean-François Émard is one of two men facing weapons charges after Ontario Provincial Police officers responded to a report of two men in an altercation at a Casselman bar on Friday night.

Émard, 39, of Casselman faces charges of possession of loaded prohibited or restricted handgun; carrying a concealed weapon; obstruction of a peace officer; failure to comply with a probation order; and knowledge of unauthorized possession of a firearm.

Pascal Carrier, 47, of Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, Que., is charged with possession of loaded prohibited or restricted handgun; obstruction of a peace officer; and unauthorized possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm.

They are to appear in a L’Orignal court on Monday.


Biker Bob Pammett gets year in jail for perjury in Peterborough

LINDSAY - Former Outlaws, Loners and Bandidos Motorcycle Club member Robert (Bob) Pammett will spend the next year in jail for lying when he took the stand during the assault trial of fellow biker and son-in-law Pierre Aragon in April 2015.

The 66-year-old waved goodbye to two supporters, including his common-law wife, as he was taken into custody just before 1 p.m. Tuesday following the decision from Madam Justice Lisa Cameron in Lindsay's Ontario Court of Justice.

One year in custody was “the most appropriate” sentence, the judge said, explaining how it balances all of the factors in the case. Deterrence and denunciation were primary in the sentence, while rehabilitation was also a factor, she said.

“There is no getting around the fact that perjury is a very serious offence.... It strikes at the heart of the administration of justice,” she said, pointing out how Pammett had a chance to reconsider what he had done “and stop playing games, but he didn't.”


Hells Angels member seriously injured in Lachute shooting (video)

A 41-year-old member of the Hells Angels is in serious but stable condition after being shot in the back while he was riding his motorcycle in Lachute.

The man was riding in Bethany Rd. about 10:30 a.m. when multiple gun shots were heard, the Surete du Quebec confirms.

A resident who lives nearby and who did not want to be named says he heard bangs and then a series of rapid fire shots. He ran to the road and found the biker in pain and lying on the road with a woman at his side.


Supreme Court refuses to hear appeal in motorcycle gang massacre

OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada will not hear appeals from three men convicted in a 2006 motorcycle gang massacre in southern Ontario.

Marcelo Aravena, Brett Gardiner and Frank Mather were among six men convicted of murder in the deaths of eight members of the Toronto Bandidos motorcycle gang in a deadly shoot-out at a farmhouse west of London, Ont.

The Crown argued at trial that the killings were the result of internal strife within the Bandidos organization.

Aravena, Gardiner and Mather and two others argued at appeal that they should have been allowed to raise the issue of duress at trial.

The Ontario Court of Appeal dismissed their case a year ago.

As usual, the Supreme Court gave no reasons for refusing to hear the appeal.


Timeouts aren't just for kids: Hells Angels told to take anger management courses after skirmish with rival bikers

Three Edmonton members of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club were ordered to take anger management courses Wednesday after pleading guilty to assault charges relating to a “dust-up” with rival bikers.

Eduardo Bartolozzi, 36, was handed a 60-day jail sentence to be served on weekends and placed on probation for a year after pleading guilty to assault causing bodily harm for a Feb. 21, 2014, attack on Warlocks Motorcycle Club member Jason Bryanton at a tattoo studio and laundromat in Drayton Valley.

Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Vital Ouellette noted Bartolozzi punched Bryanton about 25 times and “cowardly” stomped on him while he was on the ground. He said it appeared on a video of the group assault that was played in court that he “clearly lost it.”

Ouellette ruled it was an aggravating factor that the incident was a group attack, but said the assault resulted in Bryanton only suffering a black eye and some facial cuts.