|One of the two factions of the Rock Machine, based in eastern Ontario, is in conflict with members of the Hells Angels Nomads Ontario over territory, according to police. The Rock Machine is far from a match for the Ontario Hells Angels.|
The Satudarah MC have been trying to increase its presence in Ontario by recruiting members of the Rock Machine.
|Satudarah came to Canada in 2015. The group has 44 chapters.|
|Two factions are opposed:Jean-François Émard, based in Casselman, in Eastern Ontario, and the other the 13th legion, represented by Marc Guerin and spokesman Mario Dubé. The latter is based in Quebec, the Laurentians and Lanaudière. The faction of the 13th legion would not openly conflict with the Hells Angels in Quebec.|
|There was a massive police presence for a brief court appearance May 2 by Jean-François Émard. There were six uniformed officers inside the courtroom — some in regular blue uniforms, some in the green, military-style uniform of OPP tactical officers.|
There were more officers just outside the courtroom, checking the identification of anyone going in, writing down their names and birthdates, and going over everyone with a metal detector.
Other officers were outside behind the courthouse an hour or more before the prisoners’ van arrived. That’s where the sniffer dog went to work. When a prisoner arrived at the back door, a second police vehicle swung in close behind the first one and blocked the exit. Émard will remain in custody, and will appear again before a judge on Thursday — this time by a video link from prison.