UPDATE 3: Organized Crime Task Force arrests nine at motorcycle club

A raid at the Charlottetown hang-around clubhouse last night has resulted in the arrest of Nine people associated with the Hells Angels all facing multiple charges, including running an allegedly illegal lottery scheme.

Police said at a press conference this afternoon that items such as cash and record books were seized during a raid last night following a meeting at the Charlottetown club house.

The PEI Organized Crime Task Force, made up of police representatives from Charlottetown Police Services, the RCMP, Summerside Police Service, and Kensington Police Service, arrested nine men in the city overnight. All of them are hangarounds with the Hells Angels Woodbridge (Ontario) chapter.



The former head of the Hells Angels released

Salvatore Cazzetta, a former head of the Hells Angels who has been held since a raid police major conducted in November 2015, will be able to recover his provisional release.

The Crown informed the judge Daniel Royer, on Friday morning, that it was not opposed to the petition presented a few days ago by the influential biker. The judge of the superior Court then ordered his release, which will be done during the day.

Cazzetta is imprisoned at the prison of Rivière-des-Prairies since his arrest, on 19 November 2015, when projects of investigation Money and Mastiff.

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Charges withdrawn


Police raid Campbell River biker clubhouse in murder probe

(video)--B.C.’s anti-gang police have raided a Vancouver Island clubhouse of the Devils Army in connection with the murder of a Saanich man in March 2016.

Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit Staff Sgt. Lindsey Houghton said the raid happened about 8 a.m. Thursday at 70 Petersen Road in Campbell River. 

Dillon Brown, 30, was found slain inside his car near the west side of a bridge to Sayward, about 75 kilometres north of Campbell River on March 12, 2016

Houghton said his murder was targeted. Brown was last seen leaving a Campbell River residence a day before his body was found.

The Devils Army opened in the Vancouver Island city in 2009 and maintains a relationship with the Haney Hells Angels. The Army has five full-patch members and two strikers.


Hells Angels member and two women facing drugs and firearm-related charges

Charges against the trio stem from an Aug. 2 search warrant executed at a Cole Harbour home

A member of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club and two women are facing several firearm and drug trafficking-related charges in relation to a search warrant executed at a Cole Harbour home last week.

In a media release issued Wednesday morning, Nova Scotia RCMP said on Aug. 2 they executed a search warrant at a home on Pernix Court. Police seized a large amount of drugs, drug and outlaw motorcycle gang related paraphernalia, ammunition and firearms.

One of the firearms was loaded.

Hells Angels member David James Bishop, 35, Jacquelyne Anna Brophy, 33, and Sara Michelle Walker, 28, all from Cole Harbour, have been charged with the following offences:

•Possession for the purpose of trafficking (Cocaine)

•Possession for the purpose of trafficking (Ecstasy)


Acquittal of Hells Angels biker sends ‘strong message’ to police, lawyer says

KITCHENER — A ruling by Ontario's highest court quashing gun and drug trafficking convictions against a member of the Hells Angels sends a "strong message" to police, the biker's defence lawyer says.

"It tells police officers across the country that they cannot engage in unlawful conduct in carrying out investigations," James Lockyer said in an interview Thursday.

"And if they do, any evidence they obtain as a result of their unlawful conduct will be excluded from court and will not be allowed to be heard by the court. So it's a strong message, and I think it's an important message."

In 2014, Frank Strauss, who grew up in Kitchener and is a full-patch member of the Hells Angels in London, Ont., was convicted in a judge-alone trial of 17 offences.

Strauss, 41, walked out of prison a free man on Tuesday after the Ontario Court of Appeal entered verdicts of acquittals on all counts. It did not order a new trial.


Ontario’s top court finds police violated rights of Hells Angels member

Even biker gangs have privacy rights that need to be respected, Ontario’s highest court has ruled in a case in which police found guns, drugs, cash and ammunition behind a fake wall in a barn leased to a member of the Hells Angels. Police, acting on a tip about the fake wall, obtained a warrant to conduct the search. But earlier in their investigation, police had picked a lock and broken into the same barn – with no warrant.

In a 3-0 decision, the Ontario Court of Appeal quashed multiple convictions against Frank Strauss of Perth County, west of Kitchener, Ont., for which he had been sentenced to 11 years in jail. The court said the justice system’s reputation needs to be protected from what it described as blatantly illegal police behaviour. The Canadian government had argued that the case was especially serious because the Hells Angels are a criminal organization, and that the public deserved to have the evidence heard.


Airport mechanic loses security clearance when Transport Canada learns his dad is in a motorcycle gang

A long-time aircraft mechanic at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport has been stripped of his security clearance after Transport Canada learned his father was a member of an outlaw motorcycle club.

Mark Del Vecchio, who owns an aviation maintenance company and has for years worked as an aircraft mechanic with security clearance, ran into trouble when police spotted his vehicle parked at the home of a full-patch member of the Vagabonds Motorcycle Club.

The police information was forwarded to the Transport Canada’s Security Screening Program, which reviews security clearance for airport employees who have access to restricted areas of Canada’s major airports.

Last July his security privileges were revoked, a decision Del Vecchio appealed to the Federal Court.


Hells Angels act like angels in Calgary

Police say it was a relatively quiet weekend on city streets even with hundreds of Hells Angels motorcycle gang members in town to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Calgary chapter.

Just two members of the motorcycle club were ticketed for minor traffic infractions, police said.

"It went as we had expected. It was fairly quiet. Just a couple summonses written," said Supt. Cliff O'Brien.

Calgary police warned the public last Thursday that around 500 bikers would be rolling into town to gather for a weekend of partying in part to mark 20 years since the patch-over ceremony when the Hells Angels took over from the Alberta Grim Reapers. 

Hells Angels from across Canada are in Calgary this weekend


Hells Angels tight lipped on weekend plans in Calgary

About 500 Hells Angels motorcycle gang members are expected in Calgary this weekend, but they’re not answering any questions about what they’ll be doing in the city.

A group of about 30 Hells Angels spent much of the morning at the Harley-Davidson store near the Calgary International Airport. Wearing patches identifying them as belonging to chapters from Ontario and Quebec, the gang members spoke with Harley-Davidson employees and wandered around perusing the merchandise.

A group of about a half-dozen stood outside the front entrance, keeping an eye on who was coming and going. Leather-jacket clad members showing up on motorcycles were met with shouted greetings and bear hugs. The occasional non-member walked by them into the store darting nervous glances from side to side, but the Hells Angels were all smiles.


Hells Angels and other ‘outlaw motorcycle gangs’ expected in Calgary this weekend: police

Calgary police are warning the public to expect an influx of “outlaw motorcycle gang members” in the city this weekend, including the Hells Angels, as they attend a local event.

The Calgary Police Service (CPS) said they will be partnering with the RCMP to monitor the motorcycle clubs and make sure they abide by the law.

We do not anticipate an increased risk to public safety, however, there is always a potential for violence associated with organized crime and motorcycle gangs,” police said in a news release.

Motorcycle clubs host several events across Canada every year and police say the gatherings have historically been held without incident.

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