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Former Warlock biker handed prison time for weapons convictions

Dean McKnight, 44, was given a total sentence of three years after earlier being convicted on charges related to a 2014 RCMP investigation into rising gang tensions in the western Alberta community.

During the trial, court heard police found a loaded handgun in McKnight’s jacket when they arrested him, then executed a search warrant at his home, recovering a number of other firearms, including a handgun in an unlocked case and a bag full of rifles.

In addition to the weapons charges, McKnight was charged with breaching a 10-year weapons prohibition.

McKnight was also charged with drug possession after officers discovered nearly 200 grams of marijuana in his residence.

Tue
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Feb
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Judge stays first-degree murder charge in 17-year-old Hells Angels killing

HALIFAX -- A Nova Scotia judge has stayed murder charges against an Ottawa man in a Hells Angels-ordered killing, saying a third trial for Steven Gareau would undermine the integrity of the judicial process.

Gareau was twice found guilty in the 2000 death of Sean Simmons -- who was targeted because he'd had an affair with a girlfriend of a member of the outlaw gang -- but each of his convictions were overturned on appeal and new trials were ordered.

In a written decision released by the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia Tuesday, Justice Jamie Campbell stayed charges of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder against Gareau, noting he has served 17 years in prison and endured "two fatally flawed trials."

Thu
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60 cops involved in Hells Angels-linked raids north of Montreal

A third wave of raids aimed at breaking what police contend is a drug trafficking network linked to the Hells Angels was carried out Thursday morning, with 60 police officers executing warrants in five municipalities north of Montreal.

Eight raids were carried out in residences, warehouses and in one commercial establishment. As was the case with similar operations carried out on Tuesday and on Jan. 24, no arrests were made.

Thursday’s operation, overseen by an anti-organized crime task force spearheaded by the Sûreté du Québec, saw raids carried out in Mirabel, Saint-Colomban, Saint-André-d’Argenteuil, Ascension and Prévost. 

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Judge stays first-degree murder charges in Hells Angels killing

A judge has stayed charges of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder against a Dartmouth man who was awaiting his third trial in connection with a 2000 killing ordered by the Hells Angels.

Steven Gareau, 61, has been behind bars since Oct. 13, 2000, 10 days after Sean Simmons was shot to death in the lobby of an apartment building in Dartmouth.

Gareau was found guilty at trials in 2004 and 2014 of helping set up the shooting, but the results were overturned by the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal in 2012 and 2016 and new trials ordered.

Justice Jamie Campbell ruled Wednesday in Nova Scotia Supreme Court in Halifax that it would be an abuse of process to try Gareau, who is confined to a wheelchair and in failing health, for a third time.

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Raids targeting Hell Angels continue in Montreal, North Shore

A police task force targeting the Hells Angels and spearheaded by the Sûreté du Québec launched a series of raids in Montreal and on the city’s North Shore Tuesday.

SQ officials said the raids, which involved 130 officers, were launched at 17 residences and five business and are part of an ongoing investigation into drug trafficking police suspect has links to “influential members of the Hells Angels.”

No immediate information of arrests or seized evidence was available at noon Tuesday, however a raid carried out by the same task force last month yielded firearms, narcotics and electronic equipment.

This story will be updated.

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Hells Angels and the Mafia battle it out in Ontario, but no spillover effect in B.C. yet

A fierce gang war between the Hells Angels and the Mafia has been raging in the lucrative market of Ontario with half a dozen attacks on Hells Angels turf in Ontario and the Gatineau area of Quebec over the past month.

The Toronto Star reported this week that there were fire attacks on a tattoo parlour owned by a Hells Angel from the Woodbridge chapter, and a massage parlour owned by a senior Hells Angel in London, Ontario. Also, a Muskoka cottage owned by a senior Hells Angel from London was gutted by a fire in December.

But all that hasn’t affected any gang equation here in B.C., Sgt. Brenda Winpenny of the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit – BC (CFSEU-BC) told The VOICE on Thursday.

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Former Hells Angels hitman becomes target as Quebec bikers push into GTA

Paris Christoforou is nowhere to be seen after narrowly escaping hitmen in Toronto and Montreal.

He was once a feared enforcer for the Hells Angels, called upon to collect debts from gamblers — and even to kill — as part of the world’s largest outlaw motorcycle gang.

But today, Paris Christoforou is nowhere to be seen after narrowly escaping hitmen in Toronto and Montreal.

His enemies have grown to include members of the powerful Hells Angels chapters from Sherbrooke and Trois-Rivières, Que., which kicked him out of the international club in the fall, police and underworld sources say.

Christoforou, 41, has stopped appearing at regular GTA haunts and police say they no longer know where to find him. The Star was also not able to locate him.

The latest attempt on his life came in Montreal in late January. Montreal police refuse to provide information on this attack, saying only that it’s an ongoing investigation.

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Hells Angel offers to help people get medical pot-growing licences

A longtime Vancouver Hells Angel is offering to help people get licences to grow their own medical marijuana “everywhere in Canada except Quebec!!!!”

Hal Bruce Porteous, 45, made the offer in an Instagram post, asking followers who want the licence to send him a direct message.

“If anyone is in serious pain and doesn’t want to take prescription medication and would like a medical marijuana license to grow there (sic) own medication, please DM me. This is legal!!” said Porteous, a member of the biker gang’s Vancouver chapter. “Permitted 4 licences at each address!!!!”

Retired police biker expert Andy Richards obtained a copy of the post and provided it to Postmedia. He said it is of concern when a member of a criminal organization appears to be brokering licences in the medical marijuana industry.

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Hells Angel Larry Amero arrested and charged in 2012 murder plots of rivals

(video)--Notorious B.C. Hells Angel Larry Amero has been charged with conspiracy to kill gangster rivals Sandip Duhre and Sukhveer Dhak, who died months apart in targeted 2012 shootings.

Amero, 40, was arrested in Ottawa on Thursday by Vancouver police officers, with the assistance of Ottawa police and the Ontario Provincial Police biker enforcement unit.

He will be brought to B.C. to face the conspiracy charges, Vancouver police said Thursday afternoon.

Convicted gang hitman Dean Michael Wiwchar, 32, has also been charged with one count of murder in Duhre’s January 2012 assassination, as well as conspiracy to commit the murder of Dhak in November 2012.

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Police want more officers to fight ‘prolific’ growth of Halifax biker gangs

Mildred: (Peggy Malay) “Hey Johnny, what are you rebelling against?”
Johnny: (Marlin Brand) “Whadda you got?”

The Wild One (1953)

It’s every city or town’s nightmare, probably has been since Marlon Brando’s striking movie The Wild One was released in 1953: a biker gang comes to town and all of a sudden a lot of things change–an increase in drug dealing, money laundering and turf wars.

Almost 17 years ago, police in Nova Scotia’s capital of Halifax shot down the notorious gang called the Hells Angels. Things have been fairly smooth since.

Now, the RCMP are expressing concern that outlaw biker gangs “want to get a foothold” in Halifax and its environs.

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