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Benoit Roberge, ex-cop who aided Hells Angels, sentenced to 8 years in prison

  Former Montreal police investigator Benoit Roberge will spend eight years in jail for selling police information to the Hells Angels.

He was sentenced Friday. In March, Roberge pleaded guilty to charges of gangsterism and breach of trust.

He was arrested last October after a double agent caught him trying to buy incriminating recordings of himself making deals with Hells Angel Rene Charlebois.

In exchange for information, Roberge was offered $125,000 by the biker gang.

With time already spent in detention, Roberge has seven years and three months to serve.

The former cop, who has testified in several court cases as a biker gang expert, said he first began selling sensitive information to the Hells Angels because he feared for his family's safety.

Choking back tears, Benoit Roberge told the court in March that his life has been destroyed and that his family is suffering.

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Hells Angel Jesse Bitz to stand trial in October for death threats

​Alleged that he threatened to kill mining company owner and his family

A Saskatoon member of the Hells Angels will stand trial this fall on charges he threatened to kill the owner of a local mining company.

Jesse Bitz will be tried at Court of Queen's Bench by judge alone in October. Two days have been set aside for the trial.

​Bitz is accused of eight counts of threatening to kill Leonard Banga, the owner of Xtreme Mining and Demolition. The pair had a dispute which led Banga to fire Bitz. That's when the alleged threats took place.

After firing Bitz, Banga went on to change his hiring guidelines. He then fired a handful of other Hells Angels on his workforce.

"This new hiring policy came into effect due to the matter currently before the courts, and industry expectations," Banga said outside court.

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Is the Rock Machine rebuilding in Quebec?

MONTREAL - Police made a discovery in a warehouse north of Montreal that may suggest a resurgence of the Rock Machine biker gang, thought to have vanished from Quebec a decade ago.

Provincial police say they arrested two men and seized three jackets bearing Rock Machine colours and logos during a raid Saturday.

Rock Machine bikers were the sworn enemies of the Hells Angels and fought them in a war that saw 160 people killed in Eastern Canada between 1994 and 2002.

Successive police raids pushed the gang out of Quebec to the west, but Rock Machine members showed their colours a few times in downtown Montreal bars in 2011 and 2012.

Police won't say if the weekend operation is a sign the Rock Machine is rebuilding in Quebec. Sgt. Anne Mathieu would only say the arrests and seizure relate to a business dispute that resulted in death threats.

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Rival gang eyes Hells Angels’ turf in B.C.

A top Vancouver-area cop says Rock Machine colours have been seen in the Lower Mainland

Rival gang eyes Hells Angels’ turf in B.C.

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Warlocks arrested after big firearms, drug bust

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Warlocks Motorcycle Club patch. (PERRY MAH/EDMONTON SUN)

 

Four members of the Drayton Valley chapter of the Warlocks outlaw motorcycle club have been arrested and eight firearms were seized following an Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT) probe.

Edmonton Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU), with help from RCMP Drayton Valley, RCMP Emergency Response Team, and Edmonton city police members, executed a search warrant at a Drayton Valley residence associated to the Warlocks on March 21.

As a result, investigators seized the following:

• A loaded handgun;

• Six rifles, including 2 prohibited;

• 273 rounds of ammunition;

• Over one kilogram of marijuana;

• Over 200 various prescription pills;

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Normand Ouimet sentenced to 25 years in prison

One of the most influential members of the Hells Angels in Quebec has been sentenced to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit murder.

Normand (Casper) Ouimet, 44, has 18 years, three months left in prison once time already served is deducted. He must serve half of that before being eligible for parole.

Ouimet was originally charged with 22 counts of murder but pleaded guilty this month to the lesser charge.

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Anti-police brutality march declared illegal, broken up

An estimated 150 protesters surrounded in police 'kettle' manoeuvre on side street

A protester shouts at a police officer during an anti police brutality demonstration in Montreal Saturday, March 15.(Graham Hughes/Canadian Press)

 

Montreal’s 18th annual march against police brutality was declared illegal a matter of minutes after its scheduled start time of 3 p.m. at the intersection of Jean-Talon and Châteaubriand streets.

Montreal police officers dressed in riot gear, including horse-mounted officers, mobilized soon after the announcement to move protesters away from the intersection. An estimated 150 protesters were soon caught in a kettling manoeuvre south of the protest zone on Châteaubriand Street.

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Mar
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Mole leaked 200 names to Hells Angels

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An illustration of police mole Benoit Roberge shows him appearing frail and sheepish in the prisoner's box Thursday as the guilty plea was announced in court on March 13, 2014. (Delf Berg/QMI Agency)

 

MONTREAL — Police mole Benoit Roberge pleaded guilty Thursday to selling a list of 200 police informants to a killer biker.

 

Roberge appeared frail and sheepish in the prisoner's box Thursday as the guilty plea was announced in court.

The former biker investigator with Montreal police admitted to leaking sensitive information to the very same criminals who he was trusted to bring to justice.

He had investigated bikers for 11 years and testified at their trials.

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Son of Kelowna man beaten to death by Hells Angels can't recall if other suspects participated

The oldest son of a Kelowna man beaten to death in a horrific attack involving the Hells Angels says he can’t recall whether two of the men on trial for manslaughter participated in the fatal assault.

Kaylin Phillips, 27, also told a judge Wednesday in Vancouver that he couldn’t recall where a third man accused in the attack on his dad, Dain Phillips, was at the time of the June 2011 attack.

Kaylin’s younger brother, Kody Phillips, had earlier testified that all four men on trial — alleged Hells Angels associates Daniel McRae, Matthew McRae, Anson Schell and Robert Cocks — had kicked his father as he lay on the ground.

Cocks’ son, full-patch Hells Angel Norman Cocks, and fellow Hells Angel Robert Thomas had earlier pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the slaying of Phillips. The two men admitted using a baseball bat and hammer to attack the Kelowna father following a minor dispute between the Phillips brothers and the McRae brothers.

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'You see this tattoo?': Kelowna man describes assault, warning from Hells Angels before fatal attack on his father

The son of a Kelowna man who was viciously beaten to death described an assault and a warning from the Hells Angels that preceded his father’s slaying.

Kaylin Phillips, 27, testified Tuesday that he was punched in the face by a man at a recycling depot just hours before his dad, Dain Phillips, was attacked on June 12, 2011.

The Crown witness said that he and his then-girlfriend had gone to the depot in his truck to pick up some boxes for moving when a truck occupied by two men pulled up.

He said one of the men was Daniel McRae, one of four alleged Hells Angels associates on trial for manslaughter in his father’s death.

The other man came up to him and repeatedly called him by his brother Kody’s name, Phillips told B.C. Supreme Court Justice Mark McEwan.

When he denied that he was Kody Phillips, the man with McCrae pointed to a tattoo on his forearm, he said.

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