Tue
21
May
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Canadian Law Enforcement and Public Safety Partners Launch Anti-Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Campaign

OTTAWA, May 21, 2019 /CNW/ - Starting today and continuing over the ride season, police and public safety partners are taking to social media to remind Canadians that outlaw motorcycle gangs remain a criminal threat to our communities.

While the vast majority of motorcycle riders are law-abiding citizens, extensive criminal networks within the outlaw biker community continue to profit from illicit activities like drug trafficking, fraud, counterfeiting, money laundering, contraband smuggling, extortion, violence and illegal gaming.

Outlaw motorcycle clubs often take part in legitimate charitable events and other public relations efforts to portray themselves as good-natured free spirits. Popular television shows in recent years have unfortunately glamorized the gangster lifestyle and likely helped organized crime groups attract recruits and supporters.

Sat
18
May
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Cops eye Hells Angels' party

A raid on the their clubhouse earlier this week didn't appear to slow down festivities at an annual Hells Angels BBQ event in Kelowna Saturday.

Dozens of motorcycles were parked outside the Kelowna Hells Angels clubhouse in the city's North End Saturday, and riders showed up throughout the afternoon.

Many sported the Hells Angels “death head” logo on their jackets, while others appeared to be affiliated with various support clubs.

Photo: Nicholas Johansen
Motorcycles lined the street outside the Kelowna Hells Angels clubhouse Saturday.
 

Sgt. Brenda Winpenny, media relations officer with B.C.'s Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit, said the gathering was the annual K-Town BBQ Cook Off, hosted by the Kelowna chapter of the Hells Angels for the past eight years.

Thu
16
May
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Prospect of outlaw motorcycle gang arrested in relation to an assault in Kelowna

A known prospect of an outlaw motorcycle gang with ties to Kelowna was taken into police custody Wednesday afternoon and has now been formally charged with aggravated assault.

At about 9:30 p.m., the Kelowna RCMP Street Enforcement Unit (SEU) supported by the Kelowna combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU) and the RCMP Southeast District Emergency Response Team (ERT) executed a search warrant on the Kelowna Hell’s Angel’s clubhouse.

“The warrant was related to an ongoing police investigation into an alleged serious assault carried out on May 6 at an establishment located in the 300-block of Bernard Avenue,” states RCMP Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, spokesperson for the Kelowna RCMP. “Investigations into crimes that have connections to gangs or organized crime are extremely complex and can take a significant amount of resources. We are fortunate in this province to have a number of integrated and specialized units ready to assist.”

Wed
08
May
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Hells merchandise barred from Friday 13th

OPP want rally out of downtown Port Dover

Outlaw biker gangs and their merchandise are no longer welcome at Friday the 13th motorcycle rallies in Port Dover.

Norfolk council approved a ban on vendor’s permits for motorcycle clubs with a criminal history Tuesday night.

This means Hells Angels are no longer able to sell hats, T-shirts and other items in Port Dover promoting “the Big Red Machine.”

Council acted after an extensive in-camera consultation with senior OPP officials.

Police shared a long list of concerns Tuesday about the evolution of Friday the 13th and its implications for public safety.

A presentation to council ended with Insp. Joe Varga, head of the Norfolk OPP, asking council to consider moving the rally to private property with a private security detail.

The primary concern is gang rivalries flaring up in the crowded core of Port Dover.

Mon
06
May
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Police unit kept close tabs on weekend biker convoy

Ontario’s biker enforcement unit kept a watchful eye on a nearly 200-strong motorcycle convoy that drove through downtown London over the weekend.

The bikers, including members of outlaw motorcycle clubs, rumbled through Richmond Row Saturday afternoon.

London police say they didn’t receive any complaints about the large-scale ride, referring all questions to the OPP biker enforcement unit.

The head of the unit confirmed officers were dispatched to locations across the province to monitor “organized rides” over the weekend.

Fri
03
May
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Red Deer outlaw motorcycle club members arrested

Charges include drug trafficking offences

Members of a Red Deer outlaw motorcycle club have been charged with drug trafficking offences following a lengthy ALERT investigation called Project Rocker.

The two-year investigation by ALERT Red Deer’s organized crime team looked into the suspected drug trafficking activities of the Syndicate outlaw motorcycle club. Syndicate is a support club of the Hells Angels.

Project Rocker wrapped up on April 30 after three suspects were arrested. An estimated $350,000 worth of drugs was seized, along with firearms, motorcycles and cash.

Three Red Deer homes were searched and the following items were seized:

Tue
30
Apr
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Former Manitoba Hells Angels president alleges Corrections Canada is trying to interfere with parole chance

Dale Jason Sweeney is serving a 10-year sentence at Stony Mountain for his role in a drug trafficking ring

The former president of the Manitoba Hells Angels is taking the Correctional Service of Canada to court for allegedly infringing on his "right to life, liberty and security of person" when it reclassified his security threat level and moved him from a minimum-security unit to medium.

Dale Jason Sweeney, 48, is currently serving the remainder of a 10-year prison sentence at Stony Mountain Institution for his role in a cocaine trafficking ring. He was arrested in March 2012 as part of a Winnipeg police investigation dubbed Project Flatlined and later pleaded guilty to instructing someone to commit an offence for a criminal organization and possession of property obtained by crime.

Mon
29
Apr
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Charlottetown Hells Angels club gets full-patch status, can recruit new members

Their club may be a little smaller than when it started, but the Charlottetown Hells Angels became full-patch members Saturday.

RCMP Cpl. Andy Cook said the change means no more going around doing jobs for other full-patch members.

“They have full rights as a Hells Angel,” he said.

Cook said the RCMP had indications last week that the Charlottetown prospects would be attending a party in Woodbridge, Ont., on the weekend.

Cook said he then confirmed at the Charlottetown Airport Sunday that one of the local members was a full-patch Hells Angel.

The organization had a presence in P.E.I. for several years with the Woodbridge club sponsoring the local chapter, which became a prospect club in 2017.

Initially, there were 10 members, but Cook said that number has dropped to six, including one new member the police have yet to identify.

One member died earlier this month.

Sun
28
Apr
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Woodbridge Hells Angels fuel club’s rapid growth with welcome party for P.E.I. bikers

There was cake, hockey on TV and no reports of arrests at a party in Woodbridge on Saturday night to welcome Prince Edward Island bikers into the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club.

The Charlotteown bikers were given their winged skulls patches at the party, announcing full membership into the outlaw biker club, which now has 467 charters in 58 countries.

Only bikers who have been voted into the Hells Angels club are allowed to wear its distinctive wings skull patch.

Only bikers who have been voted into the Hells Angels club are allowed to wear its distinctive wings skull patch.  (Graham Hughes / THE CANADIAN PRESS FILE PHOTO)

Tue
16
Apr
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33 individuals arrested in Quebec drug bust concentrating on organized crime

Police forces in Quebec arrested 33 people Wednesday in relation to an alleged drug network extending from Montreal to Outaouais, Centre-du-Québec, the Montérégie and more.

 

A total of 37 searches were carried out, and police say nearly two kilograms of cocaine and 27,100 methamphetamine pills were seized as part of Operation Orca.

READ MORE: Quebec, U.S. police, RCMP bust drug, illegal tobacco ring with ties to bikers, reserves

Officers say they also seized 23 vehicles, $120,000, four firearms, six jackets in the colours of the Hells Angels and an escutcheon.

Two of those arrested were Claude Gauthier and Pascal Facchino, identified by authorities as part of the Angels’ Trois-Rivières chapter, alleged to be leaders in the sale of narcotics in the Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu region.

READ MORE: Police operation targets Quebec Hells Angels drug trafficking network

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