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Former Hells Angel testifies at B.C. civil forfeiture trial

A former member of the Hells Angels who became a police informant and is now in witness protection provided a window into the way the motorcycle group operates as he testified Tuesday in a case that’s testing the constitutionality of B.C.’s civil forfeiture law.

B.C.’s Civil Forfeiture Office has argued three Hells Angels clubhouses – in Vancouver, Kelowna and Nanaimo – should be forfeited because they are likely to be used to plan crimes. Lawyers for the Hells Angels have not yet opened their case but are expected to argue that a section of the province’s civil forfeiture legislation is unconstitutional. The trial in the case opened last week in B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver.

On Tuesday, lawyers for the Civil Forfeiture Office called David Atwell as their witness. Mr. Atwell was previously a member of the Hells Angels in Toronto. The court did not disclose his location and the video screen through which he was testifying was shielded from public view.

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Man fined for liquor sales at clubhouse

PICTOU – A man accused of keeping liquor for sale at a New Glasgow clubhouse has been fined in relation to the offence.

John Joseph MacLean, 51 of New Glasgow entered a guilty plea to a charge of keeping liquor for sale at 118 MacLean St., New Glasgow, which was the former clubhouse of the motorcycle club, The Gatekeepers. He had originally pleaded not guilty to the charge and was expected to go to trial in June.

Two other men, Daniel Simms, 54, of Colchester, and Issam Karam, 52, of Glace Bay, were also charged in relation to the July 14, 2016, incident, but their charges were withdrawn when MacLean entered the guilty plea.

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Biker pulls knife on cop, police allege

KINGSTON, Ont. — Police say a 20-year-old Kingston, Ont., man is facing charges after allegedly pulling a knife on an officer during a road rage incident.

They say a plainclothes officer with the Kingston street crimes unit was driving an unmarked car when the incident occurred on Tuesday night.

It's alleged the accused, who was driving a motorcycle side-by-side with two other bikes, gestured at the officer with his middle finger and the officer noticed the riders were wearing patches aligning themselves with a motorcycle club.

When the officer turned around to get licence plate numbers, the bikes pulled over and the officer confirmed two of the riders were wearing Outlaws MC vests while the third had Outlaws MC stickers on his motorcycle.

Investigators allege the accused got off his motorcycle, approached the officer in an aggressive manner, pulled out a large hunting-style knife and made a stabbing motion as he began yelling.

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Repentigny police officer arrested in raids targeting Hells Angels in Quebec

Michel "Sky" Langlois, a founding member of the biker gang's Quebec chapter, also was taken into custody

Police carrying out a series of raids targeting the Hells Angels in various parts of Quebec on Tuesday arrested more than 60 people, including a member of the Repentigny police who is alleged to have acted as a courier for a drug trafficking network. 

Captain Guy Lapointe, a spokesperson for the Sûreté du Québec said Carl Ranger, a member of the Repentigny police force, was among the 63 people arrested in Project Objection, an investigation of several members of the biker gang. 

“The investigation revealed that Carl Ranger (allegedly) acted as a courier for one of the distribution networks,” Lapointe said.  

Ranger faces charges of breach of trust, credit card fraud as well as trafficking in methamphetamine and cocaine. 

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Hells Angels an 'extraordinarily sophisticated entity,' civil forfeiture trial told

The Hells Angels “are an extraordinarily sophisticated entity” fighting to preserve their brand to help members around the world commit criminal acts, a lawyer representing the B.C. government said Monday.

Brent Olthuis told B.C. Supreme Court that three B.C. biker clubhouses should be forfeited to the government because they would likely be used to commit crimes if the bikers are allowed to maintain control of them.

After more than a decade, the director of civil forfeiture’s lawsuit against the Hells Angels finally got underway before Justice Barry Davies at the Vancouver Law Courts on Monday.

It all started in November 2007 when police raided the Hells Angels’ Nanaimo clubhouse, which became the subject of the first civil forfeiture action. In 2012, the government agency filed suits to get clubhouses of the East End and Kelowna chapters forfeited as well.

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Hells Angels procession through Peninsula catches eyes

Police monitor South Surrey funeral service
 

A procession of more than two dozen Hells Angels caught the attention of Semiahmoo Peninsula residents Saturday afternoon, when they rolled along the South Surrey-White Rock border around 4 p.m.

Police say the motorcyclists were en route to a funeral for a club member at Victory Memorial ParkFuneral Centre in South Surrey.

One Peace Arch News reader described the procession as “quite the sendoff.”

And while others commented that the pronounced presence made them nervous, Surrey RCMP Sgt. Chad Grieg said it posed no threat.

“We were just monitoring the situation… to ensure public safety,” Grieg said.

“There was no problems. None at all.”

 

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Hells Angels civil-forfeiture trial finally set to begin in B.C. Supreme Court

More than a decade after British Columbia’s Civil Forfeiture Office moved on a Hells Angels clubhouse in the Vancouver Island city of Nanaimo, the trial that could reshape the way the government agency operates is finally set to begin.

The office, which has netted more than $80-million in property since it opened its doors in 2006, plans to argue the clubhouse − as well as Hells Angels clubhouses in Vancouver and Kelowna that have been added to the case − are likely to be used to commit crimes in the future. The office has said the Hells Angels have a violent reputation and commit serious offences for their benefit.

Lawyers for the Hells Angels are expected to counter that a section of the province’s civil-forfeiture legislation is unconstitutional and the B.C. government has created a new criminal process that lacks the presumption of innocence and the right against self-incrimination.

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Hells Angel facing B.C. civil forfeiture suit dies of suspected overdose

A member of the West Point Hells Angels died of a suspected overdose last week while in the middle of a court case with the B.C. Civil Forfeiture office.

Lukasz Cimoszko, 36, was found dead near Barriere, RCMP Sgt. Janelle Shoihet confirmed Monday.

She said there was nothing suspicious about the death and the B.C. Coroners Service is leading the investigation.

Coroners’ spokesman Andy Watson said he couldn’t comment. 

Social media tribute to Hells Angel Lukasz Cimoszko, centre, who died last week. Also pictured is Hells Angel Bob Green, left, who was shot to death in October 2016 and Hells Angel Bjorn Sylvest, who died in July 2016 while house boating on Shuswap Lake.

Social media tributes were pouring in for Cimoszko, who became a full-patch member of the notorious biker gang in 2012.

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Ex-Hells Angels chief 'Mom' Boucher pleads guilty to prison-hatched murder plot

Boucher admits to conspiring to murder high-ranking mafioso Raynald Desjardins

Ex-Hells Angels chief Maurice "Mom" Boucher has pleaded guilty to conspiring to murder a high-ranking Mafia member while both men were behind bars.

Boucher entered the plea Tuesday at the Gouin courthouse, Quebec's Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions confirmed. Jury selection for the trial was set to begin next week.

Boucher plotted to have Raynald Desjardins, a rival in the criminal underworld, killed by another person while they were serving time in separate institutions. The plan never came to fruition.

According to an agreed statement of facts, Boucher conspired with two accomplices to have Desjardins assassinated at the Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines penitentiary in 2015.

Desjardins's case was subject to delays, however, and he wasn't transferred to a federal penitentiary until the next year.

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Inquiry begins into Calgary police conduct after arrest of Hells Angel

2 arresting officers ultimately cleared of wrongdoing in 2008 incident

A special hearing looking into the circumstances surrounding the 2008 arrest of a known biker gang member that resulted in two Calgary police officers facing charges will hear from 15 witnesses, including the ex-police chief Rick Hanson.

The five-day inquiry is looking into the actions of Const. Brant Derrick and Sgt. Les Kaminski, who were charged with assault in the arrest of Jason Arkinstall, a member of the Hells Angels.

Kaminski was later charged with perjury relating to Arkinstall's trial.

It was alleged the officers used excessive force during Arkinstall's arrest.

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