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Updated Vikings Motorcycle clubhouses raided by police, 10 men arrested

Raids come one day after club member Al Potter charged in Dale Porter slaying

Ten men were arrested following multiple raids of known biker clubhouses in Newfoundland Wednesday in a police operation that spanned the province's Avalon Peninsula.

According to the RCMP, officers executed five search warrants in St. John's — and a sixth in Cupids — in a series of raids which were linked to a two-year investigation of the Vikings Motorcycle Club.

The raids come just one day after a known associate of the club was charged with second-degree murder in relation to a 2014 killing.

Tue
27
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Crown wants 14 years for Black Piston

The head of the Black Pistons motorcycle club, Randy McGean, could be facing a long time behind bars.

In court Tuesday, the Crown said it is seeking a 14-year sentence. Defence lawyers, meanwhile, are suggesting six or seven years, minus any pretrial custody.

McGean, 44, and Isaac Lucas, 38, both returned to the Superior Court of Justice in St. Catharines for their sentencing hearing in front of Justice Joseph Henderson. McGean’s case proceeded, but Lucas had his matter adjourned to Jan. 13 because his lawyer was absent due to a personal issue.

During an earlier court appearance, McGean was convicted on eight charges including trafficking in cocaine and heroin, conspiracy to traffic, and weapons-related charges that involved a taser and a switchblade knife.

Fri
23
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Five rival outlaw motorcycle bikers arrested in Fort McMurray

Five members of rival outlaw motorcycle gangs operating in Fort McMurray have been arrested.

Police have released few other details about the execution of four search warrants Wednesday with a press conference scheduled for Monday.

The arrests come as a result of a joint investigation by Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams and RCMP Wood Buffalo in relation to an on-going conflict between the Fort McMurray chapters of the Warlocks Motorcycle Club and the Syndicate, a Hells Angels support club.

These charges are just the latest attempt by authorities to disrupt the activities of motorcycle gangs in the province.

The Hells Angels had largely gone unchallenged in the province since arriving in 1997 and the Warlocks have been on police radar since 2005, but didn’t officially establish their first Canadian chapter until November 2010 in Alberta.

Wed
21
Sep
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New Hells Angels support club growing in Cambridge

WATERLOO REGION — A support club for the biker gang Hells Angels has a chapter in Cambridge.

The affiliated biker gang is known as the Stolen Souls Motorcycle Club, Cambridge chapter, said Staff Sgt. Eugene Fenton, head of intelligence for Waterloo Regional Police.

The gang has 13 members and its membership is climbing, Fenton said.

"They are relatively new and came out on the scene about two years ago," he said.

It started with about eight members, then 10 last year and this year police believe there are 13.

And that's disturbing because the group, also known as a "puppet" club, is associated to the stronger and notorious criminal organization of the Hells Angels.

"They attend their events, field days and other provincial and national events," Fenton said.

Mon
19
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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. 

Mon
19
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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.

Sat
17
Sep
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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.

Tue
13
Sep
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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.

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13
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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. 

Tue
06
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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.

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