Criminal groups: the bill to ban the “patches” defeated in the Commons

OTTAWA | The House of commons has dealt a fatal blow Wednesday to the bill that was intended to prevent, in particular, the Hells Angels wear their “patches”.

Bill C-349, presented by the Bloc québécois in last April, was defeated 18 votes to 261 for the second reading. Apart from the members of the Bloc, only a handful of parliamentarians have supported, including many conservatives of Quebec.

Under the draft law, it would have been illegal for any member of a criminal group to wear an emblem “in order to demonstrate his membership in such an organization”. The application of the act would be based on a list of criminal entities established by the authorities, such as the one that already lists of terrorist organizations.


Police: London Outlaws biker busted in murder-for-hire plot

A London man police say is a member of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club is charged in a murder plot, the third member of the biker club’s London chapter to be arrested in less than two weeks.

London police, working with the OPP, arrested two men Wednesday and seized a handgun as part of a probe into counselling to commit murder.

Who was the target of the alleged plot, and when and how, police wouldn’t say, citing a continuing investigation.

The arrests come on the heels of the OPP’s biker enforcement unit charging two men, both identified as members of the London Outlaws, in connection with cocaine trafficking in the London region.

One biker expert says the string of arrests have dealt a death blow to the Outlaws’ attempt to re-establish a foothold in London, long considered the territory of the club’s bitter rivals, the Hells Angels.

“They were done from the start,” Yves Lavigne, the author of several books on outlaw biker clubs, said Wednesday.


Motorcycle enthusiasts hit Port Dover for final Friday the 13th of 2017

It will be packed in Port Dover today as the final Friday the 13th of the year is expected to draw upwards of 80,000 revellers to celebrate.

The forecast is looking to co-operate with temperatures nearing 20 C, a far cry from the last Friday the 13th back in January.

According to Const. Ed Sanchuk with Norfolk OPP, motorcyclists started arriving Thursday.


Two members of Outlaws Motorcycle Club London chapter charged with drug offences following series of raids

Police have charged two members of an outlaw motorcycle club with 18 drug and weapons offences as part of an investigation into cocaine trafficking in London.

The OPP’s biker enforcement unit, with assistance from London police and the RCMP, executed three search warrants Thursday and arrested two members of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club's London chapter after a probe focusing on individuals selling cocaine in the London area.

Investigators seized cocaine, marijuana, pills, $1,200 cash, brass knuckles and a handgun, police said, pegging the street value of the drugs at $19,500.

Marco Dos Reis, 32, from London is facing 17 drug- and weapons-related charges including possession of a prohibited firearm, careless storage of a firearm and drug possession for the purpose of trafficking.

Jeffrey Acal, 32, from Mount Brydges is charged with drug possession for the purpose of trafficking.


Hells Angels boss Billy Miller given 15-month sentence for 'leadership role' in criminal gambling organization

In one sentence from a wiretap, Hells Angels boss Billy Miller explained why London is so attractive to outlaw bikers, drug dealers and organized crime.

“It’s not like there’s no money,” in London, he told his girlfriend in 2002. And after all, he said about the Hells Angels, “everything is about money.”

Big money landed Miller, 54, a 15-month sentence for his “leadership role” in a criminal gambling organization, Platinum Sports Book, that brought in millions of dollars and was broken up after a highly publicized bust of a Super Bowl party in 2013.

“Platinum is a large and sophisticated criminal organization that had as its main purpose . . . bookmaking,” said Justice Michael Brown as he passed sentence on Miller.

Platinum ran a website off servers in Costa Rica that took bets from thousands of gamblers across Southern Ontario on a wide range of sports.


Two very different events brought hundreds of bikers to Kelowna on the weekend

KELOWNA – Hundreds of bikers were on the streets of Kelowna this past weekend for two very different kinds of events.

The Salvation Army held their annual Motorcycle Toy Run Sunday, with 127 volunteers riding in formation from Kelowna to Lake Country and back. This is the 32nd year the Salvation Army has brought the ride to Kelowna.

Bikers from across the province were also in Kelowna last weekend for the Hells Angels annual Poker Run.

Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey confirmed out-of-town bikers, many showing the colours of outlaw biker gangs, were in Kelowna for an annual competition where players collect a card at several checkpoints. Prizes are awarded to players with the best poker hands at the end of the event.


New club riding with Hells Angels, police say

B.C.’s anti-gang unit is monitoring a new motorcycle club called the Savages operating out of the Langford clubhouse previously used by the Devil’s Army.

The Savages are believed to be a puppet club of the Nanaimo chapter of the Hells Angels, said Sgt. Brenda Winpenny, spokeswoman for B.C.’s Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit, which targets organized crime groups. The Savages have set up headquarters at 2775 Spencer Rd., which was vacated by fellow Hells Angels puppet club, the Devil’s Army, a few months after it opened in May 2015.

Surveillance officers have spotted members of the new motorcycle club during group rides with the Hells Angels and its affiliates.

“We have seen them on the last couple of rides the Hells Angels have had on the Island,” Winpenny said. “So they are out there, they are publicly announcing themselves as being associated with the Hells Angels.”


Once a Hells Angels stronghold, now-deserted Sherbrooke bunker has been confiscated

Superior Court judge says compound helped facilitate criminal acts, including murder and drug trafficking

The last vestige of the Hells Angels' physical footprint in Sherbrooke — a compound towering over the road between the city's downtown and the borough of Lennoxville — was confiscated from the biker club in a Quebec Superior Court decision released Monday.

The decision, rendered by Justice Carol Cohen, hinges on allegations the buildings, which she likens to a "fortress," helped the group commit acts of organized crime, including drug trafficking and murder. 

"It's clear that those who would go there wanted to be free from any prying eyes, to be in complete privacy," she wrote, adding the property consisted of concealed enclaves.

The compound, worth roughly $425,000, is the last of the club's "bunkers" still standing in Quebec. Its Trois-Rivières location was torn down two years ago.



New Satan’s Choice biker club considering shutting down after harsh Facebook criticism

The new club is taking a Facebook slamming by online friends of GTA Hells Angel Donny Petersen.

A group of Ontario bikers is having second thoughts about calling themselves the new Satan’s Choice Club after a harsh Facebook condemnation of their club by a senior Hells Angel.

The new club is taking a Facebook slamming by online friends of GTA Hells Angel Donny Petersen.

“Those who take a patch from a respected club, one that has history, courage, who has paid their dues, died, done time and all the rest . . . like what are you thinking?” Petersen himself wrote.

“You are pretenders,” Petersen wrote.

Petersen’s comments received resounding approval from his Facebook friends.

The old Satan’s Choice was on the road for four decades before it ceased to exist when it was absorbed by the Hells Angels in December 2000.


Hells Angels hold fourth public gathering in Quebec

The Hells Angels are holding their fourth public gathering in the province of Quebec in as many weeks. Today, bikers are expected to meet in the small village of Saint Zénon, in the Lanaudiere region. 

The Journal de Montreal reports the event is organized by the "Brotherhood," a group of Hells sympathizers that includes chapters from Quebec; Monteal; the North-Shore; the Montéréie and Shawinigan. 

Hells' members are expected to leave Laval in the early afternoon on Saturday and then proceed to the small auberge, Le Cabanon de Saint-Zénon. 
One of the owners says the Hells have been meeting there for three years and that he has never had any problems.