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Hells Angel fires lawyer in BC Supreme Court in Chilliwack Monday

Neil ‘Nitro’ Cantrill charged with two others with extortion, kidnapping for alleged incident in Hope

The trial of an Edmonton Hells Angel and two associates scheduled for April will be delayed as the three fired their lawyer in BC Supreme Court in Chilliwack on Monday.

Neil Patrick Cantrill – who goes by “Nitro” in a Nomads Chapter of the Alberta Hells Angels – is charged with aggravated assault, kidnapping without the use of a firearm, unlawful confinement or imprisonment, extortion, attempting to choke to overcome resistance, and possession of non-firearm knowing unauthorized.

Charged alongside Cantrill in the alleged incident from Hope in August 2016 is Stephen Cantrill and Robert Lowry.

 

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Members of Canadian military banned from associating with outlaw bikers

Move comes four years after report that found some active and retired troops have an uncomfortably close alliance with outlaw motorcycle clubs

The Department of National Defence and Canadian Armed Forces have issued a nationwide general order banning members of Canada’s military from associating with a variety of groups, including outlaw biker gangs.

Bikers hang up a banner outside the Hells Angels Nomads compound before the group’s Canada Run event on July 22, 2016, in Carlsbad Springs, Ont., near Ottawa.

Bikers hang up a banner outside the Hells Angels Nomads compound before the group’s Canada Run event on July 22, 2016, in Carlsbad Springs, Ont., near Ottawa.   (Justin Tang / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

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Man pleads guilty in bar brawl linked to Hells Angels gathering

A barroom brawl in Kenosee Lake said to have links to a Hells Angels Motorcycle Club gathering led to a guilty plea from one participant on Thursday.

Richard Jerome Bandet, 44, pleaded guilty to assault with a weapon during an appearance at Regina Provincial Court. The Crown stayed a second charge alleging assault causing bodily harm.

After hearing brief submissions, Judge Anna Crugnale-Reid agreed to impose the six-month suspended sentence jointly requested by Crown and defence counsel. The sentence involves a probation order containing a number of conditions, including that Bandet not contact the person he assaulted.

Crown prosecutor Steve Robertson told the court a large fight broke out amongst a number of people — more than a dozen, court heard — in the early morning hours of May 20 last year.

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Hells Angels convictions should be part of forfeiture case, government says

The B.C. director of civil forfeiture wants criminal convictions against several Hells Angels admitted as evidence in an upcoming civil trial over the seizure of three biker clubhouses.

Lawyer Brent Olthuis, representing the government agency, argued in B.C. Supreme Court on Tuesday that admitting the biker convictions and related court rulings would be appropriate in the civil case.

Olthuis told Justice Barry Davies that the convictions are relevant to show the reputation of the Hells Angels, who he referred to as the HAMC.

“We are wanting to introduce these convictions … against the HAMC members primarily in aid of the allegations … as to the main purposes and activities of the HAMC and the members of that club and their awareness of the club’s public reputation,” Olthuis said. “These convictions are clearly probative.”

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Alleged Hells Angel pleads guilty to drug, gun charges

An alleged member of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang pleaded guilty Tuesday to drug and gun charges stemming from a police raid on his Cole Harbour home last summer.

David James Bishop, 35, was one of three people arrested Aug. 3, when police executed a search warrant at his house on Pernix Court and allegedly seized a large quantity of drugs, drug and outlaw motorcycle gang paraphernalia, two guns and ammunition.

One of the weapons, a .38-calibre handgun, was loaded.

Bishop and his live-in girlfriend, Jacquelyne Anna Brophy, 34, were supposed to go on trial Tuesday in Dartmouth court on a slew of charges.

But after last-minute negotiations, lawyers for both accused reached plea bargains with the Crown attorneys.

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Parole conditions loosened for Hells Angel Walter Stadnick

Newly-released parole records for Stadnick, 65, say he has been progressing well on parole since his conviction in Montreal in September 2004 for an assortment of organized crime offences, including conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to traffic drugs and involvement in gang activities.
 

Former Hells Angel kingpin Walter Stadnick can now legally drink a beer but he still can’t legally enter a bar or rub shoulders with anyone who looks like a criminal.

Newly-released parole records for Stadnick, 65, say he has been progressing well on parole since his conviction in Montreal in September 2004 for an assortment of organized crime offences, including conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to traffic drugs and involvement in gang activities.

Stadnick, who was born and raised in Hamilton, was then sentenced to 20 years in prison, which was reduced for pre-trial time served to 14 years, seven months.

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Top Hells Angels member behind Outaouais syrup enterprise

'Red and White' maple syrup produced at sugar bush owned by influential gang member

An influential member of the Hells Angels is running a maple syrup business in the Outaouais that sells bottles of the sweet condiment decorated with the gang's colours, sources tell Radio-Canada.

The "Support Red & White Maple Syrup" label may seem like patriotic branding, but those are also the notorious criminal organization's official colours.

What's more, the syrup comes from a farm in Saint-André-Avellin, Que., run by Michel Langlois, an influential member of the gang.

Sûreté du Québec investigators searched the farm near Montebello in late January as part of a drug investigation. They made no arrests.

The farm's owners didn't return calls from Radio-Canada.

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Former Warlock biker handed prison time for weapons convictions

Dean McKnight, 44, was given a total sentence of three years after earlier being convicted on charges related to a 2014 RCMP investigation into rising gang tensions in the western Alberta community.

During the trial, court heard police found a loaded handgun in McKnight’s jacket when they arrested him, then executed a search warrant at his home, recovering a number of other firearms, including a handgun in an unlocked case and a bag full of rifles.

In addition to the weapons charges, McKnight was charged with breaching a 10-year weapons prohibition.

McKnight was also charged with drug possession after officers discovered nearly 200 grams of marijuana in his residence.

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Judge stays first-degree murder charge in 17-year-old Hells Angels killing

HALIFAX -- A Nova Scotia judge has stayed murder charges against an Ottawa man in a Hells Angels-ordered killing, saying a third trial for Steven Gareau would undermine the integrity of the judicial process.

Gareau was twice found guilty in the 2000 death of Sean Simmons -- who was targeted because he'd had an affair with a girlfriend of a member of the outlaw gang -- but each of his convictions were overturned on appeal and new trials were ordered.

In a written decision released by the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia Tuesday, Justice Jamie Campbell stayed charges of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder against Gareau, noting he has served 17 years in prison and endured "two fatally flawed trials."

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60 cops involved in Hells Angels-linked raids north of Montreal

A third wave of raids aimed at breaking what police contend is a drug trafficking network linked to the Hells Angels was carried out Thursday morning, with 60 police officers executing warrants in five municipalities north of Montreal.

Eight raids were carried out in residences, warehouses and in one commercial establishment. As was the case with similar operations carried out on Tuesday and on Jan. 24, no arrests were made.

Thursday’s operation, overseen by an anti-organized crime task force spearheaded by the Sûreté du Québec, saw raids carried out in Mirabel, Saint-Colomban, Saint-André-d’Argenteuil, Ascension and Prévost. 

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