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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.

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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)

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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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Hells Angels in P.E.I. for club member’s funeral

(photo gallery) --- THREE RIVERS, P.E.I. - Island RCMP and Charlottetown police are on high alert this weekend with Hells Angels members from across the country in P.E.I.

There was a heavy presence of Hells Angels members, as well as several other motorcycle clubs, at a “celebration of life” for fisherman Ian Roulston Kennedy in Three Rivers Saturday.

Kennedy was a full-patch member of the Hells Angels.

Cpl. Andy Cook, the RCMP’s provincial outlaw motorcycle gang coordinator, said law enforcement stayed close to the funeral for public safety reasons.

“The funeral was for a member of the Hells Angels and we’re there for public safety and also for intelligence gathering to do with a large number of Hells Angels who were here in the province,” he said.

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Hells Angels shooting death charge upgraded to 1st-degree murder

Michael Deabaitua-Schulde, 32, was gunned down in the parking lot of a gym in March

One of the men suspected in the shooting death of a member of the Hells Angels has had the charge he faced in the case upgraded to first-degree murder.

Peel Regional Police originally charged the 24-year-old Montreal man with accessory after the fact days after Michael
Daebaitua-Schulde was gunned down in the parking lot of a gym in Mississauga, Ont.

On Monday, police announced that charge was being upgraded to one count of first-degree murder.

Three other men have also been arrested in the case and all face the same charge.

Police have said Deabaitua-Schulde was a member of the Niagara chapter of the Hells Angels.

They have previously said the attack was targeted, but did not speculate on the motive behind it.

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Kim Bolan: Hells Angels hold annual 'Screwy ride' to honour slain East End biker

(video an photo gallery) --- About 80 Hells Angels and associates gathered at the bikers’ East End clubhouse Saturday morning for their annual ride to pay tribute to fallen comrade Dave (Screwy) Swartz.

Specialized police officers, who investigate outlaw motorcycle gangs, were also on hand to take photographs and videos as the riders arrived.

Vancouver police traffic enforcement officers checked vehicle registrations of several Hells Angels, prompting East End chapter president John Bryce to head out to talk to police.

Some of the bikers muttered insults at officers, who were stationed across from the clubhouse, located at 3598 East Georgia St.

VPD Sgt. Jason Robillard said police were out in force “to monitor and ensure that the rules of the road are followed.”

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Supreme Court of Canada rules on Nova Scotia Hells Angels hitman case

Crown argued 1st-degree murder conviction against Dean Kelsie should be reinstated

The Supreme Court of Canada has closed the books on a Nova Scotia murder case involving a Hells Angels hit that has dragged on through the justice system for nearly two decades.

In a hearing Wednesday in Ottawa, the court dismissed an appeal by Nova Scotia prosecutors who were seeking to reinstate a first-degree murder conviction against Dean Daniel Kelsie.

But the Supreme Court did find Kelsie guilty of the lesser charge of second-degree murder, an offence that carries an automatic life sentence with no parole eligibility for between 10 and 25 years.

Kelsie, 45, was twice convicted in the killing of Sean Simmons, who was gunned down in the lobby of an apartment building in north-end Dartmouth, N.S., on Oct. 3, 2000.

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Alleged bikers want charges thrown out

Lawyers for three reported Vikings members argue for dismissal under Jordan ruling

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. —

Lawyers for a trio of alleged Vikings Motorcycle Club members charged with drug trafficking and criminal organization offences are arguing for a dismissal of the charges, given the length of time it has taken to bring the men to trial.

Vincent Leonard Sr., James Curran and Wayne Johnson were arrested Sept. 28, 2016 as part of a joint RCMP/RNC investigation called Operation Bombard.

However, much of the disclosure in the case against them — which amounts to hundreds of thousands of pages of documents in total — was not given to their lawyers until October 2018.

The men had been scheduled to go to trial Jan. 15 of this year. Proceedings were postponed after their lawyers successfully argued they didn't have enough time to review the 60,000 pages they received in the fall in order to build a defence.

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Dozens of bikers attend funeral for Hells Angels member gunned down in Peel Social Sharing

Dozens of bikers turned out on Saturday afternoon for the funeral of a Hells Angels motorcycle gang member shot to death in Mississauga earlier this month.

Motorcycle club members from across Ontario and as far away as Quebec and British Columbia attended a service for Michael Deabaitua-Schulde at the Vescio Funeral Home in Woodbridge.

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Fourth man arrested in connection with deadly daylight shooting in Mississauga

A fourth suspect has been arrested in connection with a deadly daylight shooting in Mississauga earlier this month.

Investigators say 32-year-old Mississauga man Michael Deabaitua-Schulde was shot to death in the parking lot of a commercial plaza near Dundas Street and Cawthra Road on the morning of March 11.

Police say the incident occurred in view of people who were exercising at a nearby boxing gym.

The perpetrators, according to police, fled the scene in a blue Honda Civic, which was found in flames in the area of Rymal and Tomken roads a short time after the shooting.

Police say Deabaitua-Schulde was a “well-entrenched member” of the Niagara chapter of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang and was the “target” of the attack.