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Sentencing begins for Bacchus motorcycle gang members

Convictions stem from incidents in 2012 involving man whose identity is protected by publication ban

A justice of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court has reserved his sentencing decision in the case of three members of the Bacchus Motorcycle Club who have been convicted of extortion and intimidation.

In convicting Patrick Michael James, 51, Duane Jamie Howe, 49, and David John Pearce, 44, Justice Peter Rosinski also found that Bacchus is a criminal organization, the first time that designation has been made in Nova Scotia.

The men were convicted in a trial this summer.

The convictions stem from incidents in 2012 involving a man whose identity is protected by a publication ban.

The man tried to open a chapter of the Brotherhood Motorcycle Club in Nova Scotia. It is not an outlaw gang, but it uses vests and patches similar to those worn by outlaw riders.

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Hells Angels MC Nomads member from N.B. gets four years for cocaine trafficking

Robin Moulton, a full-patch member of the Hells Angels MC Nomads New Brunswick chapter, has been sentenced to four-and-a-half years in jail for cocaine trafficking.

Police say Moulton and another person, Forty-one-year-old Marie Antonette Bugay, were sentenced after an RCMP-led joint-force investigation led to their arrest in August 2017.

Moulton pleaded guilty to the trafficking charge, as well as a charge for possession of a drug press.

“In addition to jail time, he is subject to a lifetime firearms prohibition, various forfeiture orders, and is required to submit a sample of his DNA,” the RCMP said in a news release.

Bugay, who police say is “an associate” of Moulton, was sentenced to 30 months in jail for possession of a loaded firearm without a license, possession of cocaine, and possession of proceeds obtained by crime.

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Hells Angels member, associate incarcerated for drug, weapons charges

Robin Moulton, 48, and Marie Antonette Bugay, 41, were sentenced Wednesday

A Fredericton man and woman associated with the Hells Angels will be incarcerated for various drug and weapons charges.

Robin Moulton, 49, a member of the Angels biker gang, was sentenced in Woodstock Court of Queen's Bench on Wednesday to four and half years for possession of cocaine with the intention of trafficking and possessing a drug press intended for trafficking purposes. 

Marie Antonette Bugay, 41, described by the court as an associate of the Angels, was sentenced to 30 months in jail for possession of a loaded firearm without a licence, possession of property obtained by crime and possession of cocaine. 

Both pleaded guilty and, as a result, the Crown withdrew 10 additional charges, including illegal weapons possession and illegal weapons storage.


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Project Forseti informant facing charges had gun for protection, thought it was legal, defence says

Noel Harder thought he was legally allowed to have a gun he’s banned from possessing and needed it for protection from imminent danger, according to his lawyer Linh Pham.

Pham said police officers advised Harder to get a gun for protection. Pham said “dangerous people” were after Harder because he was an informant in Project Forseti – a 2015 investigation into organized crime.

Harder armed himself because he thought he was being set up and was afraid of being kidnapped or hurt after he got “negative vibes” when he met with someone to buy a used TV, Pham said during Harder’s bail hearing Friday.

Harder, 39, is facing 26 weapon-related charges after police received a call on Sept. 25 about a man in the driver’s seat of a Range Rover with a handgun on Powe Street and Rayner Avenue.

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Sons of original East End Hells Angel linked to assault of Vancouver police officer (video)

(video) --- Two of three men charged with assaulting a Vancouver police officer Tuesday are sons of an original member of the East End Hells Angels, Postmedia has learned.

A Vancouver police officer was taken to hospital Tuesday night after he was beaten during a routine traffic stop in downtown Vancouver.

It happened at around 10 p.m. when two plainclothes officers pulled over a Dodge Durango on Robson Street after they spotted travelling through an area of Granville Street closed to private vehicles.

The VPD says the three men in the vehicle, all in their early 20s and well-known to the police, were confrontational and verbally abusive during the traffic stop.

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Biker gang bust in Brockville

Police have arrested two people, and are looking for four others, in connection with drug and weapons offences with biker gang links following a raid at a midtown home last week.

Officers of the Brockville Police Service, with help from Kingston police and the Ontario Provincial Police’s Biker Enforcement Unit, executed a warrant at 21 Sevenoaks Avenue in Brockville last Thursday (Sept. 27).

Brockville police reported the matter on Friday.


Brockville police released this image of items seized at a raid on Sevenoaks Avenue last week. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Items found in the residence included firearms, weapons, controlled substances and vests belonging to “Dead Eyes MC” which police described as “a support club to the Outlaws Motorcycle Club.”

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Three full-patch Hells Angels plead guilty to drug trafficking charges

Stéphane Maheu, who had been sought since April, walked around the Montreal courthouse freely before being sentenced to six years in prison.

Three full-patch members of the Hells Angels, including one of the biker gang’s founding members in Canada, and a member of the Repentigny police pleaded guilty to various drug trafficking charges at the Montreal courthouse on Wednesday.

Twenty people in all appeared before Quebec Court Judge Daniel Bédard inside a fifth floor courtroom that was humming with activity throughout the day as almost every remaining case in Project Objection, a major investigation into three drug trafficking networks run by the Hells Angels, came to end only six months after arrests were made in April.

“I’m very impressed,” Bédard remarked at one point as several drug dealers pleaded guilty to charges that will result in them serving time inside federal penitentiaries.

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Calgary police admit internal investigation ‘fell far short’ in Hells Angels arrest

Calgary police brass are apologizing for the way they handled a decade-old use of force investigation after an inquiry by Alberta’s Law Enforcement Review Board criticized the force’s sloppy handling of the case, but found no evidence of attempts to whitewash the probe.

Last July, Alberta Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley ordered the oversight board to review how the Calgary Police Service responded to court concerns of perjury and assault stemming from the 2008 arrest of Hells Angels member Jason Arkinstall, which saw two officers charged.

Arkinstall was later acquitted by a provincial court judge in 2010 of uttering threats, and had charges of obstruction and assault dropped.

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Edmonton police constable suspected of leaking information to Hells Angels

Officer arrested Thursday and suspended without pay, police say


An Edmonton police officer has been arrested as part of an ongoing investigation by the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team, city police said Friday.

CBC News has learned the female officer, a constable who worked out of downtown division, is suspected of leaking information to a Hells Angels associate.

The officer is not in custody.

In a media statement, police said the officer was arrested Thursday morning and has been relieved from duty without pay "pending confirmation from the Edmonton Police Commission."

The officer has been provided support and assistance from the employee and family assistance section, police said.

ASIRT issued a statement Friday afternoon confirming the investigation is ongoing. It said no charges have been laid.

EPS said it will not provide further comment because ASIRT is leading the investigation.

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Project Forseti informant facing 26 weapons charges

A former informant who helped Saskatoon police bring down organized criminals in the Project Forseti case is now facing 26 weapons-related charges.

Noel Harder, 39, was arrested Tuesday evening after police received reports of a man driving an SUV with a gun.

Police said in a release Wednesday morning they found the SUV parked near the intersection of Powe Street and Rayner Avenue around 5:45 p.m. and conducted a high-risk traffic stop.

The driver was found to be in possession of a loaded handgun, ammunition, a knife, an imitation firearm, bear spray, an axe and an undisclosed amount of fentanyl.

Harder was vice president of the Fallen Saints motorcycle gang and was working with the Hell’s Angels when he began working with police in Project Forseti.