Wed
09
Aug

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)

Thu
03
Aug

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.

Wed
02
Aug

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.

Wed
26
Jul

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.

Mon
24
Jul

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

Fri
21
Jul

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.

Thu
20
Jul

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.

Anyone who spots suspicious activity in Calgary this weekend potentially related to motorcycle gangs is asked to call bla bla bla...

Mon
03
Jul

Motorcycle association speaks out against police linking bikers to drugs and violence

A motorcycle club association in the province is speaking out against the police for comments linking biker clubs to drug trafficking and a rise in violence.

Last week, Cpl. Mike Kerr — with the biker enforcement unit of the RCMP — said the strengthening of the Hells Angels in Nova Scotia once again has come with an increase in violent activity.

“The law enforcement tactics are no longer relying on facts and evidence, but on assumptions, opinions and stories from the past,” said a release from Stephen Wallace, chair of the Atlantic Confederation of Clubs and Independents.

Sun
02
Jul

REAL SCOOP: Hells Angel David Giles dies months after record sentence

Just three months after he was sentenced for his role in a major international cocaine conspiracy, a senior member of the Hells Angels has died.

David Giles, 67, passed away Canada Day in Abbotsford Regional Hospital.

He had been an inmate at the Pacific Institution, acting assistant warden Ronnie Gill said.

Giles had been ill throughout his trial in B.C. Supreme Court for conspiracy to import and traffic cocaine.

He was convicted last September, but only sentenced on March 31, 2017 after he fought unsuccessfully to have the case thrown out due to the length of time the case took to get to trial.

Justice Carol Ross handed Giles an 18-year sentence, minus credit for time served for a net term of just over 11 years.  

Fri
30
Jun

Ex-Bandidos member suing SPVM, city of Montreal for $6.5 million: reports

Tony Duguay, a former member of the Bandidos motorcycle club convicted in 2006 for the murder of Hells Angels member Normand “Biff” Hamel and then acquitted in 2016, is suing the city of Montreal, the SPVM and two detectives for $6.5 million, Le Journal de Montréal reports.

Duguay was acquitted in 2016 by the Quebec Court of Appeal when informant Sylvain Beaudry admitted to lying during his testimony. According to court documents, Duguay said he blames former police detective Benoit Roberge and detective Jean-Pierre Pelletier for making “intentional errors” to force Beaudry to “lie in court” to obtain a guilty verdict.

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