Hells Angels arrive in Langford

  • Langford, West Shore, Greater Victoria  posted Apr 1, 2017 at 3:00 PM— updated Apr 1, 2017 at 6:05 PM

(photo gallery)--Well over 100 Hells Angels were greeted by a sizeable ground and air police presence, as well as dozens of onlookers, as they roared into the Devils Army Clubhouse on Spencer Road in Langford on Saturday afternoon.

Full-patch members and prospects from the Nanaimo chapter of the notorious motorcycle club arrived around 2:30 p.m. with several police cars, at least one helicopter, and a crowd of curious residents looking on.

Quebec and Ontario Hells Angels members were also present, as well as riders from other clubs.

Police monitored the group closely as they pulled up to the clubhouse and gathered in the front courtyard of the building.

A group of non-riding members also arrived via stretch limousine.


B.C. Hells Angel gets 18-year sentence for drug conspiracy

Long-time Hells Angel David Giles was sentenced to 18 years Friday — the longest ever handed out to a B.C. member of the notorious biker gang — for his leading role in a conspiracy to smuggle half a tonne of cocaine into B.C. almost five years ago.

Giles, 66 and in ill health, breathed heavily in the prisoner’s box as B.C. Supreme Court Justice Carol Ross read out her reasons.

“Considering the nature of this transaction, the quantity of drugs involved, the intention for it to be an ongoing venture, Mr. Giles’ role and Mr. Giles’ personal circumstances, I have concluded that the fit sentence is 18 years,” Ross said.

She gave Giles almost seven years’ credit for his time in pre-trial custody, for a net jail term of 11 years, one month.


Notorious biker gang opens new Hells Angels chapter in Lower Mainland

For the second time in five years, the Hells Angels are expanding their presence in B.C. by opening a new chapter.

The notorious biker gang recently celebrated the launch of its Hardside chapter with a party on St. Patrick’s Day, Postmedia News has learned.

And on the Hells Angels’ international website, a “welcome to the family” note was recently posted for B.C.’s newest chapter.

Hardside was formed after the Haney chapter split into two groups in February. But other Hells Angels from some of the gang’s other B.C. chapters have also “patched-over” to Hardside.

Sgt. Brenda Winpenny of the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit said the CFSEU’s uniformed team first noticed the new Hardside patch while out working in the community.


Hells Angels to ride Saturday in honour of slain Sooke prospect: police

B.C.’s anti-gang police say that up to 200 people, including full-patch Hells Angels members, could ride on Vancouver Island this weekend in honour of a prospect murdered earlier this month.

Sooke man Michael Gregory Widner, 39, went missing earlier this month, and his remains were discovered days later along the Pacific Marine route near Port Renfrew.

RCMP later confirmed that Widner had known connections to the motorcycle gang and that his death was being investigated as a homicide.


Bacchus motorcycle gang member arrested in P.E.I. on weapons charges

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. - A member of the Bacchus Motorcycle Club in New Brunswick is facing two weapons charges after police in P.E.I. arrested him for allegedly carrying a cane with a sword hidden inside it.


The RCMP reported that on March 25, members of the organized crime task force arrested a 59-year-old man for possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and carrying a concealed weapon.


That arrest stemmed from surveillance on Jan. 21 during an Atlantic Confederation of Clubs and Independents meeting Charlottetown.


The police allegedly saw the man carrying a cane with a sword hidden inside it to the meeting.


He was released and will appear in provincial court in Charlottetown in May.



Atlantic bikers group invites P.E.I. Premier Wade MacLauchlan to visit clubhouse

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. — A local bikers group says recent statements by P.E.I. police and politicians about outlaw biker gangs are "fear mongering" and they are inviting P.E.I. Premier Wade MacLauchlan and others to come to a motorcycle clubhouse to see that for themselves.


The Atlantic Confederation of Clubs issued a statement Tuesday morning  saying the police and elected officials have vilified their membership.

“We encourage the premier to speak with the members of these clubs as they are constituents on his Island and all likelihood voted him in office,” reads the statement.


A member of the London, Ont. chapter of the Hells Angels attended a gathering in Charlottetown in January 2017.



Nanaimo Hells Angels prospect found dead in Sooke, days after going missing

The man reported missing in Sooke last week is a prospect for the Nanaimo chapter of the Hells Angels biker gang, sources told Postmedia News on Monday.

Michael Gregory Widner, 39, was last seen March 8 in Sooke and was reported missing the following day.

His wife posted a message on Facebook over the weekend saying police had since told her that Widner’s body had been found.

“It is with a broken heart and overwhelming sadness I share that the police have informed me that my husbands body has been found,” she wrote in a comment that has since been made private. “I am with our children holding them tight and keeping them safe and removed from all the attention. His children know that he is in heaven with his brother Steve and at peace.”  


Project Forseti: Fallen Saints member Justin Smith sentenced to 18 years in prison on drugs, organized crime charges

(VIDEO)--A high-ranking member of the Fallen Saints Motorcycle Club is the first person to be sentenced on criminal organization charges resulting from the Project Forseti investigation in Saskatoon. 

On Friday, Justin Murray Smith, 34, was sentenced to 18 years in prison for several gun, drug and organized crime offences. The Crown had argued for a 20-year global sentence while the defence sought nine years. 

Justice Shawn Smith sent a strong message with his sentence, calling Smith a trafficker of “poison and the instruments of death” at the “heart of organized crime” in Saskatoon. 

Smith pleaded guilty to fentanyl, heroin and cocaine trafficking during the second day of what was scheduled to be a 10-day trial at Court of Queen’s Bench. He then entered guilty pleas to unauthorized transfer of a handgun, unlawful possession of a handgun for the purpose of trafficking and conspiring with a police agent to traffic cocaine. 


REAL SCOOP: Update on sentencing in the Hells Angels and friends case

There has been a delay in some of the sentencing hearings in the drug conspiracy case involving two Hells Angels and their associates.

B.C. Supreme Court Justice Carol Ross explained Monday that she has been delayed at a trial in Prince Rupert and therefore would not be available to resume the sentencing hearings for James Howard, Bryan Oldham, David Giles and Shawn Womacks until later this month.   

David Giles

Ross spoke by phone in courtroom 74 to Ian Donaldson, the lawyer representing Oldham, the full-patch HA member who was convicted last fall of possession for the purpose of trafficking. His sentencing has been adjourned to March 24.  


Hells Angels still trying to get belongings from 2009 raid of Hamilton clubhouse

The Hells Angels were back in court Friday, trying to get back possessions they say police took from their Hamilton clubhouse during a raid in 2009.

Their attempts, however, were unsuccessful — mainly because Crown prosecutors say the government doesn't have the belongings the motorcycle club is demanding.

The Hells Angels Motorcycle Corporation and member Andre Watteel had a number of items returned in 2013 after a judge ordered all seized property be given back immediately.

And most of it was, but not everything, Hells Angels lawyer Chris Argiropoulos argued on Friday. Ontario Court Justice Andrew Goodman, however, dismissed Argiropoulos' new application.