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Hells Angels targeted in early morning raids in Quebec, New Brunswick

Police searched locations in Lower St. Lawrence, Gaspé, Magdalen Islands, New Brunswick

A total of 32 people were arrested in a series of early morning raids on Thursday targeting drug-trafficking networks in eastern Quebec and New Brunswick with alleged ties to the Hells Angels.

The raids, conducted by the Sûreté du Québec, were carried out in 20 different communities across the two provinces, including in the Lower St. Lawrence region, the Gaspé and the Magdalen Islands.

The SQ says that, in a period of just four months, the trafficking network brought in $2.4 million, of which $250,000 was given directly to the Hells Angels as a distribution tax.

"The Hells control the territory and allowed networks to sell drugs. Those networks then paid a tax based on the quantity of drugs sold," SQ spokesperson Capt. Guy Lapointe said at a news conference in Quebec City. 

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Vikings MC member turned police agent names Al Potter as stabber

Man, 39, observed Shane Leonard throw Al Potter's knife in Atlantic, jury told

Protected by sheriffs officers and two plainclothes, armed police officers — one of whom carried a large army-style duffle bag on his arm — the witness walked into the courtroom and came within metres of a man with which he once shared an inner circle.

On Wednesday, the 39-year-old man, now in witness protection and whose identity is covered by a publication ban, testified against Al Potter, who's standing trial for the 2014 stabbing death of Dale Porter.

The dull hum of florescent lights in the courtroom only added to the tension which comes with one man testifying against a former ally.

"I was asked to be a prospect by Shane Leonard and that was back in 2014," the man said, wearing jeans, a hooded sweater and sunglasses on his head.

"I was given a vest … and after that I received my full patch. It was in late July 2014."

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Blood found at clubhouse, murder trial told in St. John's

Jurors at Allan Potter's trial shown knife, autopsy photos

(photo gallery) --- A hand. An arm still bearing a hospital bracelet. A toe tag. A shoulder with a recognizable tattoo.

It wasn't easy stuff for family members of Dale Porter to see in Supreme Court Wednesday.

The contents of his jeans pocket. A blue Helly Hansen jacket, cut by paramedics' scissors. A black T-shirt full of holes, worn the night Porter was fatally stabbed.

Porter's loved ones were emotional, dabbing their eyes with tissues and comforting each other as photos from his autopsy were presented, but they did not leave the courtroom, determined to see to the end the trial of one of the men accused of his murder.

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Local Outlaws end 10-year fight to recover biker assets from Crown — $238.97

It’s been two decades since the investigation began, 16 years since the charges were laid and a decade since the Crown began moving in court to keep the proceeds of crime seized by police.

But only now, 20 years later, a judge’s order has finally settled the loose ends left from a controversial police crackdown that all but dismantled the Outlaws biker gang in Ontario.

After all that time and effort, however, all that’s left are a few crumbs — far less than what it cost taxpayers and defendants to complete the litigation.

“We wouldn’t want to rush these things,” defence lawyer Gordon Cudmore, who represented the late Floyd Deleary in the Outlaws prosecution, said sarcastically of how long it took to finish the civil case.

Of the 47 bikers charged in the sweeping 2002 investigation, only Londoner Clifford Tryon, arrested in the raids but whose charges were later dropped, was still hanging in to get back seized property.

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Alleged Hells Angel member, on the lam for 10 months, arrested in Dominican Republic

Warrant was issued for Daniel André Giroux's arrest last April

A man police believe is a member of the Hells Angels and who has evaded authorities for 10 months has been arrested in the Dominican Republic.

Daniel Giroux will appear at the Montreal courthouse Wednesday on charges related to drug trafficking.

He was among Quebec's 10 most wanted criminals.

A warrant was issued for his arrest last April, during a raid the Sûreté du Québec called the biggest operation targeting organized crime since 2009's Operation SharQc.

Giroux is allegedly a member of the Montreal chapter of the notorious biker gang. Police say he controls territory on North Shore and in the Laurentians.

The operation was led by a mixed squad that includes the SQ, RCMP, Montreal police, Quebec City police, Lévis police and Laval police.

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Man accused in Saanich MMA fighter’s killing told to cover tattoos

63-year-old charged in Saanich man’s death released on several bail conditions

A man accused of the first-degree murder of a Saanich mixed-martial arts fighter must cover up his Hells Angels and Devils Army tattoos while he’s out on bail.

That’s just one of several conditions imposed by Justice Kate Ker, who released Richard Ernest Alexander on $600,000 bail Thursday pending his trial.

Alexander, president of the Devils Army Motorcycle Club, is accused of killing 30-year-old John Dillon Brown of Saanich in March 2016.

The 63-year-old’s bail conditions forbid him from owning, wearing or displaying clothing or jewelry with Hells Angels and Devils Army logos and insignias. He was required to surrender those items to the RCMP within 72 hours of his release from custody.

Alexander must surrender all his travel documents to the RCMP.

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Police seize $15K in cocaine, arrest ‘known Hell’s Angel member’ during weekend raids in London

One person remains on the lam, yet two people were arrested and a slew of items was seized — including drugs and three Hell’s Angels vests — during police raids in London over the weekend.

Police are still looking for a 27-year-old woman, but made the two arrests and seized the drugs during raids on Saturday morning in London.

Provincial police executed the search warrants with the help of the Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau, the Biker Enforcement Unit, London police’s Guns and Drugs Section, and the RCMP.

READ MORE: 10 charged in Alberta cocaine distribution network linked to ‘outlaw bikers’

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Hells Angels re-establish East Coast presence: 'They have a good footprint'

HALIFAX -- The Hells Angels have re-established an evolving presence in Atlantic Canada, although experts say they have not expanded their roster of full-patch members since first reappearing in the region more than two years ago.

Police and organized crime experts say it's not clear why the country's most powerful outlaw biker gang has not found any local prospects worthy of full membership, but confirm the Angels are retrenching after their former Halifax chapter was smashed by police in 2001.

Stephen Schneider, a criminology professor at Saint Mary's University who has written extensively on organized crime, believes the establishment of a new puppet club in the last year -- the Red Devils -- is a significant sign of intent.

"The Red Devils is pretty much their sort of AAA affiliate club internationally," said Schneider. "So this is a signal that the Hells Angels have not given up and that they are really serious about their presence in Atlantic Canada."

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Fourth arrest in Brockville biker raids

Brockville Police have arrested a fourth man in connection with two biker-gang-related raids in the city earlier this month.

Officers arrested the 30-year-old man on Tuesday “in relation to the investigation,” police reported Wednesday.

Police, who had not released the latest accused’s name as of Wednesday afternoon or specified the charges, held him in custody pending a bail hearing.

The latest arrest relates to two search warrants carried out on Dec. 6 by the Brockville Police Service, with the help of the Ontario Provincial Police Biker Enforcement Unit, the Belleville Police Service and Kingston Police Service.

The Joint Forces Team raided two Brockville residences, at 283 Park Street and Apartment 17 at 16 Cartier Court, in relation to the Outlaws Motorcycle Club and an Outlaws support club, the Dead Eyes Motorcycle Club.

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New Langley biker club has links to Hells Angels: police

The Street Reapers were formed late last year and have been seen in Fort Langley.

A new motorcycle gang police say is affiliated with the Hells Angels has established itself around Fort Langley.

Members of the Street Reapers motorcycle club were reportedly spotted at the funeral of slain Hells Angel Chad Wilson in Maple Ridge on Saturday.

“The Street Reapers are actually a motorcycle club that are closely associated and have close ties to the Hardside chapter of the Hells Angels,” said Sgt. Brenda Winpenny, spokesperson for the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU), an anti-gang policing unit.

The Hardside Hells Angels chapter is based near Langley as well, in the Port Kells area of Surrey.

The Street Reapers appear to have come into existence in late 2017, a little more than a year ago, said Winpenny.

“We have noticed them at several of the Hells Angel ride events over the summer of 2018,” she said.