|Eight men and one woman have been arrested in northern New Brunswick as part of an investigation into the cocaine trade linked to the Hells Angels. Operation J-Thunder, which started in November 2016, targeted the sale of cocaine on the Acadian Peninsula and in Restigouche, Madawaska and Victoria counties. The New Brunswick arrests are connected to a series of raids carried out in Quebec this week, resulting in the dismantling of three major Hells Angels-controlled drug trafficking rings. Drug territory in NB is ultimately controlled by the Hells Angels from chapters South, Montreal and Trois-Rivières in Quebec.|
|The accused will appear in Bathurst provincial court. None are Hells Angels but all are associates of puppet clubs. In 2016, the Hells Angels strengthened its presence in the province by planting six members there, establishing a Nomads chapter.|
Nomads often don't have their own clubhouse, nor do they have territorial boundaries, unlike traditional chapters.
|Emery 'Pit' Martin|
|Robin Moulton is accused of violating 2 lifetime weapons bans.||Last year, police arrested full-patch Robin Moulton and charged him with three cocaine trafficking-related charges. He also faces nine charges relating to firearms, including a high-powered rifle with a silencer and a loaded 9-mm handgun.|
His 'close associate' Marie Antonette Bugay faces 10 drug and weapons-related charges.
|Bugay is secretary of the Atlantic Confederation of Clubs and Independents, a group fighting 'biker discrimination'.|