|The Hells Angels have awarded a golden parachute to one of their most influential members in Quebec, who will receive a $ 10,000 monthly pension after 23 years of loyal service. It is under this lucrative deal that Michel "L'Animal" Smith, a pillar of the South chapter, has decided to withdraw from the motorcycle gang.|
Smith, who previously bore the name of Michel Lajoie-Smith, withdrew from the band "with honor" - or in "good standing". The 54-year-old ex-biker received his patches as a member in good standing on December 5, 1993. According to Le Journal, Smith was one of only two Hells Angels at the executive table with the Italian mafia to control the cocaine market in the Greater Montreal area.
|Police believe Smith sponsored the first chapter of the Hells Angels in Ecuador last spring. In March in the capital, Quito, the Devils Clowns officially joined the ranks of the Hells Angels.|
The establishment of a charter in this country is strategic since Ecuador is one of the main places through which Colombia cocaine transits, before being exported to North America.
|A retiree on good terms with the Hells Angels must have the date of his departure under his tattoo with the effigy of the gang. Club rules stipulate that a retired member on good terms must have the date of his retirement below his "official" Hells tattoo.|
Those who leave in "bad standing" must remove or camouflage their tattoos.