Suspected Outlaw Motorcycle club member loses appeal

Decision clears way to present evidence at trafficking trial

GRAND FALLS-WINDSOR, NL -After a failed appeal, a suspected member of the Outlaws Motorcycle gang will be back in Grand Falls-Windsor Supreme Court in March.

The appeal claimed RCMP officers illegally searched Marcus Ellis’s vehicle as he was leaving a Halloween party at the Outlaw’s clubhouse in October 2014.

Court documents noted that during the stop “green colored flakes believed to be marijuana were observed on the center console of the vehicle.”

Following a discussion with the suspect, officers found a bag of marijuana on the floor of the vehicle.

At this point, Ellis was taken into custody.

According to court documents, a subsequent search resulted in the seizure of a controlled drug known as molly, plus additional marijuana, cash, a smoking pipe and baggies.


Former Bandido biker sues jail and Queen for more than $2M for ‘loss of dignity, pain and suffering’

A former member of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club is suing the Queen and the provincial government for more than $2 million because he’s unhappy with his jail accommodations.

Pierre Maurice Aragon, 35, known in biker circles as “Carlitto,” was convicted a decade ago of taking part in what a judge called the “vicious, senseless, callous and cowardly killing” of a Keswick drug dealer.

Now in jail on fresh charges of assault with a weapon, Aragon argues in legal papers that he’s due the money in part because of “loss of dignity, pain and suffering, inability to pursue education and inability to practice religion,” while behind bars.

None of the allegations filed with the Superior Court of Justice in Toronto have been proven in court.

The province has until January 23 to reply to the allegations.


Would you want to live next to an outlaw biker gang?

Bacchus and Hells Angels have set up support clubs in the Halifax area in recent months

There are some who believe the presence of outlaw bikers has a calming effect on a neighbourhood, but one expert says that's a myth.

In recent months, two clubs tied to well-known biker gangs have set up new bases in the Halifax area and their presence has some people in those areas worried. Others think it might deter other criminals from operating in the area.  

Stephen Schneider, a Saint Mary's University criminologist and author of books on organized crime, said club houses can be "a prime target for a conflict."

"[Residents] should be wary of indiscriminate violence, and to some extent wary of more strategic violence — biker-on-biker, club-on-club violence," he said. 


GoFundMe aims to get Phil Boudreault back on the bike

Former Olympic boxer and longtime Hells Angels member Phil Boudreault has made good progress in his recovery from a shooting this past spring, according to a GoFundMe page set up by his girlfriend to help with his medical costs.

Boudreault, a Sudbury native who now lives in Quebec, was shot in the back while riding his motorcycle near Lachute, Que. on April 16. Police linked the shooting to organized crime.

Boudreault suffered a punctured lung and other serious injuries including pieces of shrapnel lodged in his vertebrae, prompting doctors to place him in an induced coma for a time. Since then, he has reportedly made strides in his recovery, but needs help to cover his medical bills.


'Little violence' as Hells Angels make their return to the Maritimes

HALIFAX – Andy Cook knows the Hells Angels, and what they bring with them.

The bespectacled RCMP corporal has crossed paths with Canada’s most notorious outlaw biker gang before, during stints in Ontario and British Columbia, and he is not happy they are setting up in Prince Edward Island, where he works now.

“It doesn’t sit well with me for them to be here because I know what they bring with them,” said the 20-year veteran Mountie. “I’ve seen them in action and they bring violence with them and they bring drug trafficking with them.”

The Angels were without a beachhead in the Maritimes since police smashed the former Halifax chapter in 2001. The raid led to the imprisonment of four of its seven members and the closing of the chapter after the clubhouse was seized by justice officials.


Raynald Desjardins was major headache for Correctional Service Canada in past

Correctional Service Canada will no doubt be keeping a close eye on Raynald Desjardins as he heads back for his second stint inside a federal penitentiary. 

His first sentence, a 15-year prison term that he began serving in 1994, involved incidents that have become legend in organized crime circles. His actions even raised serious questions in the House of Commons about who was actually running a penitentiary in Laval while he served time there in 1995. 


A Hells Angel-turned-police informant pleads for 2nd chance

At hearing for conditional release, Stéphane 'Godasse' Gagné detailed the path that landed him behind bars

On a warm June day in 1997, Diane Lavigne, a widow with two adult daughters, got into her van and headed home.

She left Montreal's Bordeaux jail, where she had worked for more than 10 years. As she drove north on the Laurentian Highway, a motorcycle pulled up beside her.

She was gunned down in what has been described as a "hail fire" of bullets, becoming one of more than 100 victims of Quebec's infamous biker wars.

Diane Lavigne's van

Diane Lavigne was driving home from work when she was shot and killed. (Radio-Canada)


Man convicted of murdering a Hells Angel is acquitted on appeal because informant lied during trial

The Quebec Court of Appeal has acquitted a man who was convicted a decade ago of murdering one of the highest-ranking Hells Angels in Quebec during the biker gang war. 

The appellate court delivered its decision on Wednesday, acquitting Tony Duguay, a former member of the Rock Machine, of the murder of Normand (Biff) Hamel, a member of the Hells Angels elite Nomads chapter based in Montreal. Hamel was shot to death in Laval on April 17, 2000. 

At the time of the murder, the Hells Angels were at war with the Rock Machine and several other criminal organizations over drug-trafficking turf in all of the major cities in Quebec. More than 160 people were killed between 1994 and 2002 within the context of the conflict. 

The decision was based on new evidence supplied by a witness who testified against Duguay during his trial. The witness, a former gang member-turned-informant named Sylvain Beaudry, admitted after the trial that he lied while on the witness stand.


Internal review of what went wrong in SharQc trial lays no specific blame

An internal administrative review by Quebec’s prosecutors bureau into how a murder trial involving members of the Hells Angels was aborted because the prosecution took too long to turn over evidence to defence lawyers lays no blame on any specific attorney. 

Instead, Annick Murphy, the head of the Directeur des poursuites criminelles et pénales (DPCP), attributes what happened to a “chain of events” involving different organizations involved in the case


Charlottetown residents speak about having Hells Angels as neighbours

Richard Brown, MLA for the area, only one willing to have his name used in The Guardian story


CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. – The knowledge that there is a Hells Angels club in a Charlottetown neighbourhood is already having an impact on its residents.

When The Guardian went door to door to speak with people in the area, everyone, whether they were worried or not, went to great lengths to make sure they would not be identified.

Richard Brown, who is also the MLA of District 12: Charlottetown-Victoria Park, was the only resident willing to go on record.

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Brown said many anxious residents have approached him regarding this new presence in the neighbourhood.