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Hells Angels convictions should be part of forfeiture case, government says

The B.C. director of civil forfeiture wants criminal convictions against several Hells Angels admitted as evidence in an upcoming civil trial over the seizure of three biker clubhouses.

Lawyer Brent Olthuis, representing the government agency, argued in B.C. Supreme Court on Tuesday that admitting the biker convictions and related court rulings would be appropriate in the civil case.

Olthuis told Justice Barry Davies that the convictions are relevant to show the reputation of the Hells Angels, who he referred to as the HAMC.

“We are wanting to introduce these convictions … against the HAMC members primarily in aid of the allegations … as to the main purposes and activities of the HAMC and the members of that club and their awareness of the club’s public reputation,” Olthuis said. “These convictions are clearly probative.”

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Alleged Hells Angel pleads guilty to drug, gun charges

An alleged member of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang pleaded guilty Tuesday to drug and gun charges stemming from a police raid on his Cole Harbour home last summer.

David James Bishop, 35, was one of three people arrested Aug. 3, when police executed a search warrant at his house on Pernix Court and allegedly seized a large quantity of drugs, drug and outlaw motorcycle gang paraphernalia, two guns and ammunition.

One of the weapons, a .38-calibre handgun, was loaded.

Bishop and his live-in girlfriend, Jacquelyne Anna Brophy, 34, were supposed to go on trial Tuesday in Dartmouth court on a slew of charges.

But after last-minute negotiations, lawyers for both accused reached plea bargains with the Crown attorneys.

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Parole conditions loosened for Hells Angel Walter Stadnick

Newly-released parole records for Stadnick, 65, say he has been progressing well on parole since his conviction in Montreal in September 2004 for an assortment of organized crime offences, including conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to traffic drugs and involvement in gang activities.
 

Former Hells Angel kingpin Walter Stadnick can now legally drink a beer but he still can’t legally enter a bar or rub shoulders with anyone who looks like a criminal.

Newly-released parole records for Stadnick, 65, say he has been progressing well on parole since his conviction in Montreal in September 2004 for an assortment of organized crime offences, including conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to traffic drugs and involvement in gang activities.

Stadnick, who was born and raised in Hamilton, was then sentenced to 20 years in prison, which was reduced for pre-trial time served to 14 years, seven months.

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Top Hells Angels member behind Outaouais syrup enterprise

'Red and White' maple syrup produced at sugar bush owned by influential gang member

An influential member of the Hells Angels is running a maple syrup business in the Outaouais that sells bottles of the sweet condiment decorated with the gang's colours, sources tell Radio-Canada.

The "Support Red & White Maple Syrup" label may seem like patriotic branding, but those are also the notorious criminal organization's official colours.

What's more, the syrup comes from a farm in Saint-André-Avellin, Que., run by Michel Langlois, an influential member of the gang.

Sûreté du Québec investigators searched the farm near Montebello in late January as part of a drug investigation. They made no arrests.

The farm's owners didn't return calls from Radio-Canada.

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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."

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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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