Warlocks biker testifies he needed protection at time of weapons raid

A former member of the Drayton Valley chapter of the Warlocks motorcycle club on trial for weapon and drug possession testified Thursday that he only joined the gang out of fear for his life.

Dean McKnight, 44, took the stand to answer questions that his lawyer told the court revealed his “state of mind” when police carried out a raid on his residence and vehicles. He was arrested on March 21, 2014 in Drayton Valley after police obtained permission to execute a search warrant on McKnight’s residence and vehicles amid concerns about heightening tensions between the Warlocks and two other groups — the Hells Angels and its “puppet” club the Dirty Few.

At the time, investigators said they seized a loaded handgun, six rifles, 273 rounds of ammunition, one kilogram of marijuana, 200 prescription pills and more than $6,000 in cash.


Judge reserves sentencing decision for Hells Angel Rob Allen convicted of cocaine trafficking

Conviction resulted from massive police investigation known as Project Forseti

A judge has reserved his sentencing decision for Hells Angel Rob Allen who was convicted of cocaine trafficking in February.

The conviction of the 36-year-old resulted from the massive police investigation known as Project Forseti. More than a dozen homes and businesses were raided across Alberta and Saskatchewan. Drugs, weapons and cash were seized. Dozens of charges were laid.


'Proud' Darksider biker fires back at Bathurst mayor for 'fearmongering'

Dominic Doucet responds to Paolo Fongemie's calls for province to ban biker clubs associated with crime

A member of the Darksiders North Shore Motorcycle Club in Bathurst is firing back in response to Mayor Paolo Fongemie's calls Monday for the provincial government to introduce legislation banning biker clubs that are associated with criminal activity.

Club members had declined to be interviewed, but in a letter Tuesday addressed to the mayor, city council, citizens of Bathurst and surrounding areas, Dominic Doucet, who identifies himself as a "proud Darksider Motorcycle Club member," said he felt compelled to write to "correct some … false comments" Fongemie made to the media.

Doucet pointed to Fongemie's statements that the use of "MC" for Motorcycle Club on the members' jackets indicated an affiliation with the Hells Angels, and that the club was trying to recruit local young men in high school and college.


Ex-fiancée of Clint McLaughlin testifies at his gun trial in Saskatoon

The woman Clint James McLaughlin is in prison for kidnapping and beating in 2014 testified Tuesday at his gun trial in Saskatoon. 

From behind a witness shield, Mariana Cracogna said McLaughlin, who lived with her at the time, called Noel Harder to pick up guns from her garage on March 28, 2014. She said she opened the garage for Harder and watched him pull out two black bags that were stored in the attic. 

Cracogna said she didn’t see what was inside, other than a glimpse of what she thought were long guns in a partially-opened bag. 

At the time, McLaughlin and Harder were members of the Fallen Saints Motorcycle Club — a support club for the Hells Angels, court has heard. Police had surveillance on both men in connection with Project Forseti, a drug and gun investigation targeting biker clubs and their alleged connection to organized crime in Saskatchewan. 


Police raid two Charlottetown biker clubs and seize liquor and items

The provincial government has said it wants to make laws banning gang colours in bars

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. - Police seized a large amount of liquor from two Charlottetown motorcycle clubs on Saturday.

Members of the Organized Crime Task Force, which included Charlottetown, Summerside and Kensington police officers as well as the RCMP federal investigation unit, executed search warrants executed the warrants at the Harley Club at 352 University Ave. and a Hells Angels hangaround club at 205 Fitzroy St. throughout the late morning and early afternoon on Saturday.

I’m not going to lie, it’s a good day to do this because there are a lot of Hells Angels in town here and we want to send a message

RCMP Cpl. Andy Cook




Hells Angel recently returned behind bars because informant said he was plotting murder

A Hells Angel was recently returned to a penitentiary for a couple of weeks because an informant alleged he was plotting to kill someone while out on a release from his current 22-year sentence. 

Michel Rose, 61, was one of the more influential drug smugglers in Quebec before he was convinced, in 1999, to join the Hells Angels Nomads chapter based in Montreal. This was while the chapter was at war with several criminal organizations between 1994 and 2002. The Hells Angels recruited Rose because he was known to have connections in the Port of Montreal who could sneak large shipments of drugs out for him. 


Kelowna Hells Angel sentenced to four years for role in cocaine conspiracy

Kelowna Hells Angel Bryan Oldham was sentenced Friday to four years in jail for his “integral part” in brokering a deal for half a tonne of cocaine in 2012.

Oldham was only involved in one meeting with undercover police posing as South American drug brokers in a reverse sting over 18 months in 2011 and 2012, B.C. Supreme Court Justice Carol Ross noted.

But she said Oldham’s role was critical to finalizing the purchase of the first 200-kilo load of cocaine from the purported drug lords.

He was convicted of possession for the purpose of trafficking last September.

Ross said Oldham was brought into the deal by his gang-mate David Giles, who was sentenced on March 31 to 18 years for conspiracy to import and traffic the cocaine.

During the negotiations for the cocaine, undercover officers demanded that Giles get someone from his Hells Angels “family” to back the deal in case anything happened to aging and ailing biker.


Hells Angels hold annual 'Screwy ride' to honour slain East End biker

Despite the recent murder of a senior Hells Angel and a record sentence for another longtime member, B.C.’s most notorious biker gang showed up in force Saturday for an annual ride to honour a slain comrade.

Close to 100 Hells Angels and associates met at the East End chapter’s clubhouse at 3598 East Georgia St. for the event in memory of Dave (Screwy) Swartz.

Swartz was a full-patch member of the East End chapter when he was gunned down in Surrey on April 6, 1988 by a friend after an all-night drinking party. The friend then killed himself with the same gun.

There was a heavy police presence around the clubhouse Saturday, starting early in the morning and lasting until the bikers left for the ride to a Burnaby cemetery about 2 p.m.


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.