Ontario Nomads Phil Boudreault (left) and Martin Bernatchez refused to pay the HST. Boudreault was shot in April, Bernatchez in August
|Having regained virtual total control over the drug market in Quebec, the Hells Angels are ruthless towards those who do business without paying the "sales tax", even their brothers. Reportedly it's a 10% tax imposed weekly by the bikers.|
Buoyed by the end of SharQc and the release of most of its members, the Quebec Hells Angels are again the most powerful gang in the drug trade. Phil Boudreault, a former Olympic boxer who was vice president of the Ontario Nomads, is still confined to a wheelchair. Martin Bernatchez, president of the chapter, survived three bullets. The Nomads chapter, founded 15 years ago, was unwound in September.
|When trafficking networks are not directed by the Hells Angels, they systematically receive 10% of the revenue of other groups operating in what they consider 'their' territory. "You are allowed to sell only if you pay tax" say investigators. "Even the Italian mafia, destabilized by police operations and internal conflicts, pay them their cut"|
Police say the wholesale price of a kilo of cocaine in Montreal is $ 50,000, the same price that was set by the Mafia and the Hells Angels a decade ago. Price in the UK is said to be $ 77,000. It is said a kilo of cocaine sells for less than $ 1500 in Colombia.
SQ investigates double homicide linked to Hells Angels
|SAINT-LAZARE - Richard Hunt and Mélanie Binette were arrested Monday night in relation to the murders of two members of the Rock Machine committed in Vaudreuil-Dorion. The tactical intervention group of the Sûreté du Québec arrested them in Vaudreuil and Saint-Lazare respectively.|
|The Sûreté du Québec is asking for the public's help locating a 38-year-old man in connection with a double homicide linked to organized crime.|
Richard Hunt, 38, is sought in the deaths of Joseph Fluet, a member of the Rock Machine, and Steven Lamarsh. The Journal de Montréal reported that Joseph Fluet was born as Éric Lefebvre. In May 2001, an expert on biker gangs with the RCMP described Lefebvre as a courier who transported drugs for the Hells Angels in Quebec.
|Police say Hunt may be travelling in a grey 2011 Dodge Ram.|
|One of the two victims who died after having been shot in Vaudreuil-Dorion has been identified as a member of the Rock Machine. The Sûreté du Québec identified the victim as Joseph Fluet, 45, of Laval. Fluet recently finished serving a two-year sentence after pleading guilty to uttering death threats and a long list of crimes in July 2014.||The other victim, described as a man in his 40s, was not identified.|
|Several years ago colours of the Rock Machine that had folded sometime around 2000 reappeared. Some of its members had joined the Bandidos, a larger international biker gang. Other former Rock Machine members joined the Hells Angels, most notably the influential Salvatore Cazzetta, Gilles Lambert and Andrew "Curly" Sauvageau.|
No one has been arrested in connection with the double slaying so far. “This could be tied to organized crime” a police spokesman said without elaborating.
HA associate Adis Golic dead
|41-year-old Adis (Ady) Golic died November 22 from injuries sustained in a targeted shooting in August. The convicted securities fraudster and frontman for the gothic rock band Skard was gunned down in the 7700-block of 12th Avenue in Burnaby.|
Featured in Golic's video are full-patch Hells Angels, including East End president John Bryce.
|In 2014, the B.C. Securities Commission imposed a seven-year securities ban on Golic. The BCSC found Golic had been convicted of obstruction of justice and uttering threats after he threatened a witness.|
It has been suggested some of Golic's securities loot was used to produce the video 'On the Highway'.
David 'Hammer' Macdonald Bringing Hells Angels to Nova Scotia
David 'Hammer' Macdonald
|He’s well known in London as a longtime outlaw biker who helped change the criminal landscape of the city. Now, David ‘Hammer’ Macdonald is bringing the Hells Angels back to Nova Scotia.|
Police say the London biker helped about 15 members of the Gatekeepers, a puppet club, move a key step closer to becoming full patch Hells Angels by awarding them hang-around status in June. The next step is becoming a prospect. With the Hells Angels moving into Ontario, Macdonald left his position as president of the London Outlaws and patched over to the rival club in 2001.
Hells Angels officially established in New Brunswick
|The newest Canadian chapter of the Hells Angels is based half an hour from the Quebec border in Sainte-Anne-de-Madawaska.|
The clubhouse of the new chapter, located in the small community of just over 1,000, appears to be an old farm building.
Emery "Pit" Martin
|Emery "Pit" Martin succeeded recruiting enough members (6 full patch required) with the help of former members of the Quebec City chapter, which is currently still inactive.|
The mayor of Sainte-Anne-de-Madawaskathere, Roger Levesque is resigned. "There is not much we can do. I have already spoken with the RCMP on it and we can not prevent them from establishing themselves here"
Police expect a bang on the 39th anniversary of the Montreal Chapter, which could be highlighted with a big party at the beginning of December. They believe the club could take the opportunity to announce the reopening of two inactive chapters, Quebec City and Sherbrooke. In response to the resurgence of the Hells Angels in Quebec, police will see their ranks increased 30% with eight mixed regional squads (ERM) dedicated to anti-biker investigations.
Internal investigation launched into Operation SharQc trial
|Virtually every member of the Hells Angels in Quebec was arrested in Operation SharQc in April 2009. More than 100 of the 156 people initially charged were active or retired members of the world’s largest outlaw motorcycle gang. Most of the evidence in Operation SharQc involved a period between 1994 and 2002 — when the Hells Angels were at war over drug trafficking turf across Quebec. The prosecution set out to prove all of the gang’s chapters in the province voted in favour of the war.|
On October 9th a stay of proceedings on all of the charges against Claude Berger, Yvon Tanguay, François Vachon, Sylvain Vachon, and Michel Vallières was entered. The court ruled there was no other remedy available to repair how the prosecution held back in turning over key evidence. Evidence was only handed over with the trial a month old.
|The decision had a ripple effect that caused dozens of Hells Angels who had already pleaded guilty to the conspiracy charge to challenge the legitimacy of the plea bargain deals they agreed to and the long sentences they received.|
Now there will be an 'administrative investigation' into "the conduct of the prosecution ... as well as the values of justice, integrity and competence". Findings are expected no later than December 18th. A dozen Hells Angels will get their Harley Davidson motorcycles back, as long as they agree to remove gang insignia. The province will keep Rolex watches, firearms and stacks of cash worth over half a million dollars.
Hells Angels cop informant Benoît Roberge gets day parole
|Benoît Roberge, 53, was granted his release following a hearing before the Parole Board of Canada in August. |
Roberge pleaded guilty on March 13, 2014, to participating in or contributing to the activities of a criminal organization and to committing a breach of trust as a police officer. He was sentenced to an overall prison term of eight years. On the date he was sentenced, April 4, 2014, he had seven years and three months left to serve on the sentence.
|Roberge sold information to René Charlebois, a Hells Angel incarcerated in a federal penitentiary, a fact that emerged after the biker escaped, on Sept. 14, 2013. He committed suicide 12 days later.|
|At the time of his escape, Charlebois was serving a life sentence for having murdered a police informant in 2000. 10 recorded conversations proved Roberge had been selling police intelligence to Charlebois. Much of the information touched on three separate drug-trafficking investigations involving members of the Hells Angels that were ongoing at the time. |
The recordings contained phone conversations between Charlebois and Roberge. Some reveal how Charlebois and Salvatore Cazzetta arranged to pay Roberge. In one instance, Charlebois explains to Roberge how he will pay him $100,000.
René 'Balloune' Charlebois
Maurice “Mom” Boucher
“We’ll do it like we did the last time: leave your car on the side, and leave the doors unlocked. We’ll put the money on your backseat. You’ll pick it up later,” Charlebois said on the tape. Charlebois was a member of the elite Nomad group of Hells Angels and very close to Hells Angel leader Maurice “Mom” Boucher.|
Roberge played a key role in putting many leaders of the Hells Angels behind bars. Roberge’s wife was a prosecutor in Quebec’s Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau. His arrest prompted the Montreal police force to launch an internal investigation to determine if other officers might be compromised.
Roberge's lawyer said at the time the sentence sends a strong message to police informers that their security won't be compromised. Benoît Roberge spent 27 months in custody of his 8 year sentence.
|The Hells Angels are expanding its presence in the national capital region with the help of the Red Devils.|
According to police, the Red Devils biker gang now has three branches here — one in Ottawa and two in Gatineau — and members are actively recruiting throughout the region, drafting newcomers from local biker gang Dark Souls.
Phillip Boudreault (left) and Martin Bernatchez
|The abrupt shut-down of the elite Nomads chapter outside Ottawa is reputed to involve a reorganization of territory as Quebec Hells Angels leave prison and seek to re-establish their dominance of the Quebec drug trade.|
The Hells Angels have about 175 Ontario members and 450 members across Canada. About 60 of them are in custody or are restricted from associating with outlaw bikers because of bail or parole conditions. The status of former Ontario Nomads is unclear as none of them has appeared as members of existing charters of the Hells Angels, yet.
|Of the 156 Hells Angels members arrested and charged during the SharQc sweep, the overwhelming majority have either been released or had their sentences reduced because of unreasonable delays and crucial evidence being withheld by prosecutors.|
Quebec Superior Court Judge James Brunton found that allowing the trial of 31 Hells Angels to continue would infringe on thier basic Charter rights. Brunton placed the blame squarely on prosecutors for "simply assuming" that the justice system could process such a huge trial. It could not. The Crown appealed the decision, but the Supreme Court of Canada sided with Brunton, upholding his initial stay of proceedings.
|Once-shuttered Hells Angels charters are re-opening and police are observing more criminal activity from biker gangs who now seem eager to flaunt their patches in public.|
Montreal's mafia—once at the top of the province's criminal pyramid is in disarray, with fire bombings, murders, and reports of infighting becoming an almost daily occurrence. Underlying the violent is the decline of the Rizzuto family and speculation about who could be next to challenge their central role in the province's drug trade. For decades, the Hells Angels were the driving force in Quebec's drug trade, taking care of distribution across the province, while the mafia took care of importation.
|Experts say there's a new alliance between the Hells Angels and the Calabrian Ndrangheta based out of Ontario ... a shift after four decades of Sicilian dominance. "The Rizzuto family are out of the game," he says. "They're not in control at the moment, The Calabrians are in control now."|
Hells Angels learned many lessons from SharQc. Their old role using violence and intimidation, something that defined them, will need to give way to more sophisticated enterprises, because their old way of doing business is "too risky" to gangsterism charges. They will also be relying on puppet clubs like the Red Devils, Dark Souls, and Devils Ghosts.
Experts say this means more "renting" out drug turf to younger biker gangs to take over day-to-day operations. Under this arrangement, the Hells Angels will be paid a regular "tribute," much like the Mafia.
Émery "Pit" Martin
|Members of the Hells Angels in Quebec and their puppet club the Red Devils have been seen in recent weeks in the Province, and police believe the ultimate goal of these repeated visits to Acadia is creating a new chapter. The police even suggested that it would be sponsored by Emery Martin, current member of the Montreal chapter, but from New Brunswick.|
There is already a Nova Scotia Hells Angels presence but it's reactivation would be orchestrated by the Hells Angels Ontario.
Émery "Pit" Martin
The Hells Angels in Quebec have still not reactivated the Sherbrooke or Quebec chapters, despite the recent release of many members but police say that the reopening would be imminent.|
There are currently 74 members of the Hells Angels released in Quebec, according to figures from the Sûreté du Québec.
|Other Hells Angels have just obtained their statutory release – two-thirds of their sentence. Stephane Maheu, 45 pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to murder. His sentence was reduced to six years. Former Los Barracos of the Dominican Republic, he contributed to the creation of the Hells Angels in Cabarete. He became a Hells Angels in 2008.|
Stéphane Ménard, 40 pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to murder. His sentence was reduced to six years. He became a member of the Hells Angels Sherbrooke in March 2002. Guy Auclair, 61 pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to murder. He was a founding member of the Hells Angels Sherbrooke in December 1984.
|Journal de Montréal indicates at least one person was spotted wearing a Hells Angels Trois-Rivières 'patch' this month.|
If accurate, that could mean three of the five Quebec chapters, Montreal, South, Trois-Rivières, could once again be active. The other two, Sherbrooke and Quebec are believed to still be frozen, a term used to indicate a chapter that cannot field at least six members to maintain operations. The Trois-Rivières chapter has not been active since the 2009 police operation SharQc that crippled the club's Quebec presence.
|Accused drug trafficker and Hells Angel David Giles told undercover police officers that his “brothers” would take over his massive cocaine deal if anything were to happen to him.|
Giles tried to reassure officers posing as a South American drug organization that he had big-time backers for a 500-kilogram cocaine deal worth almost $15 million, federal prosecutor Chris Greenwood said in his opening statement Monday in B.C. Supreme Court. Giles referenced his “family” and “brothers” several times during recorded conversations when the police were pushing for guarantees about payment and distribution of the cocaine.
|When the cops wanted to meet more of Giles’ backers in August 2012, the longtime Hells Angel said he would try to get them to the table.|
The next day, “Mr. Oldham, Mr. Giles and a third individual who the Crown alleges is Damiano Dipopolo are observed doing a walk and talk,” Greenwood said.
|Giles then told police “that he had three long meetings with his family. They are not comfortable coming to the table as they are concerned with respect to conspiracy law and organized crime,” After the purported drug smugglers continued to push Giles, he brought Oldham to a meeting with some of the cops in Vancouver.|
“He confirmed he was one of Mr. Giles’ brothers and that if something happened, he would take over his spot.”
|Riiiight says we. One wonders how much will be coming outta this trial. Specifically the amazing cat-like abilities of Mr. Damiano Dipopolo. As an aside, we wonder mightily what is going through the head of Mr. Giles. He miraculously avoids an extended term in prison once whilst rubbing shoulders with Mr. Dipopolo, and what happens the second time?|
Perhaps sitting in prison for the next 10 odd years will help him figure out what most have been suspecting for a looooong while already.
|Kevin Van Kalkaren, Murray Elmer Trekofski and Orhan Saydam, charged after police targeted the Hells Angels in an elaborate international sting operation, have entered guilty pleas.|
Five remaining accused re-elected to be tried by judge alone instead of by a jury. They are David Giles, the vice-president of the now defunct Kelowna chapter, Bryan Oldham, the sergeant at arms of the Kelowna chapter, and Hells Angels associates James Howard, Michael Read and Shawn Womacks.
|The investigation, known as E-Predicate, led police to search five locations around B.C. in August 2012. The Hells Angels' clubhouse in Kelowna was among the police targets.|
Officers seized an assault rifle, handguns and nearly $4 million in cash.
|Police said the investigation started in January 2011, when they received information indicating that members of the Hells Angels were prepared to import and traffic 500 kilograms of cocaine.|
Eight years ago, a B.C. Supreme Court judge acquitted Giles of possessing cocaine and of having committed the offence for a criminal organization. Those charges were laid after police seized drugs in a 2005 raid dubbed E-Pandora. His two co-accused were convicted and given prison time.
|What name is 'missing' from this major league operation, where the cops were tipped off about shipments of coke in the hundreds of kilos? How about the name that for damn certain would know all about it, the President of the Kelowna chapter of the Hells Angels, Damiano Dipopolo?|
He has no criminal record, don't be ridiculous. He just keeps on getting richer whilst EVERYBODY around him falls like dominoes, time and time again.
|Lets take this concept further. What HA has the unmitigated stones to sue a blogger for defamation?|
Citizens here it is ... Damiano Dipopolo is a police informant, has been for years, and is being protected by the fukkin pigs to this very day.
|The Hells Angels motorcycle club failed to get back into its headquarters four days after being evicted from the building they rented at the corner of Gage Avenue North and Beach Road. The club brought a motion to court asking to re-enter the building. A judge denied the motion, which was contested by the owner of the property, Greg Tilly.|
Greg Tilley in 2009
|Jaime Stephenson, a lawyer acting for the club, said in an email that "the matter was not disposed of completely and litigation and discussion is ongoing." She has said that the club intends to fight the eviction.|
A club member also asked the judge if members could retrieve personal items from the building, according to a bailiff with Halton Bailiff Services who was involved with the eviction — but that request was also denied.
|A day after being kicked out of their fortified Hamilton clubhouse, the Hells Angels deny they have been negligent in paying rent.|
A local lawyer representing the local Hamilton chapter says the issue is one between the building owner — the clubhouse's landlord — and the person who holds the mortgage on the property and not at all about the club.
|"It's really a situation where they're caught in the middle but again it's not a police issue, it's certainly not a criminal issue," said Jaime Stephenson, a Hamilton lawyer speaking on behalf of the group.|
"They dispute the eviction as well as the basis for the eviction and they specifically deny that they failed to pay their rent."
We get a dozen swiners, each making $ 100k+ per anum, with absolutely NOTHING better to do with their 'Biker Enforcement Unit' time than standing around with their thumbs up their dopey porker assholes as a locksmith drills out a lock. Holy fukking snap my doodle.
|A bailiff, aided by 10 officers from the Hamilton Police Service and OPP Biker Enforcement Unit (BEU) drilled through the front door of Hells Angels' rented and fortified bunker at the corner of Gage Avenue North and Beach Road Thursday morning. The clubhouse is used by the Hells Angels motorcycle club as well as their puppet club, the Red Devils, according to Det. Staff Sgt. Len Isnor|
|The Hamilton motorcycle club will fight the eviction, said lawyer Stephenson. |
"The organization disputes the eviction and the basis for the eviction," she said, calling the matter an owner-tenant disagreement and denying that the club failed to pay its rent. "There will be (civil) legal proceedings to come … hopefully, that will lead to an appropriate resolution."
|Greg Tilley purchased the former Gage Tavern in 2009. Property documents show a $45,000 mortgage charge in 2011 from a numbered company. |
City tax director Larry Friday said the building owner owes the city more than three years worth of back taxes — $69,452 and counting — for the building, whose address is listed as 105 Beach Rd., which is a commercial building with some residential apartments. If those payments remain outstanding, the city has the option of putting the building up for tax sale later this spring, Friday said.
|So there are coincidences and there are HA coincidences. Slim to zero doubt about this particular one this observer believes.|
Galloway Boys eight
|Cops expect around 100 members of a 'biker gang' that are coming from across Canada and the United States. “We don’t expect any issues,” said Sgt. Paquet. “We will monitor them and follow them.”|
Sources say the biker gang is the Hells Angels.
|Several of the people involved in the operation of the Rupert Street Limelife dispensary are connected with Brian Oldham, 48, a full-patch member of the Kelowna chapter of the Hells Angels. They include his girlfriend, Shawna Bates, 24.|
|Clarke, 32, said he's the sole owner of four Limelife Society stores in Vancouver. He also owns a dispensary in Nanaimo, where he watched the raid unfold on a live security camera feed.|
Hells Angel News
Damiano Di Popolo
American Tyler Gerard, 21, was arrested as he attempted to cross the Thai border
Truck used in Schneider's murder
|Investigators seized various amounts of drugs, including cocaine, marihuana, MDMA, methamphetamine, ecstasy and psilocybin. Also seized was a bulletproof vest, brass knuckles, defensive batons, assorted rounds of ammunition and approximately $100,000 in cash.|
James was later charged with five drug trafficking offenses, two counts of possessing prohibited weapons and one count of possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose. James returns to court in February for sentencing.
|"Sweeney insulated himself by entrusting Scott to stash and deliver cocaine."|
Drug operations focused on the Elmwood area, with sales of at least $100,000 a month, according to the agreed statement of facts. The drug "turf" was fiercely defended.
Four were convicted of the Lennoxville murders, Lessard, Pelletier, Michaud, and later Tremblay.
|REPENTIGNY, Que. – There was a heavy police presence at a funeral in Quebec for a long time member of the Hells Angels.|
Lionel Deschamps died of cancer at the age of 63.
Deschamps was accused in the Lennoxville massacre but escaped conviction.
|"Amacon's $500,000 loan to Mr. Dipopolo;"|
Jonathan Bryce Jr
Lloyd Peter Robinson
Yves “Apache” Trudeau
Sunday, September 27, 2015 - Canadian Eric Lawrence sentenced large in Oz
Shane Kenneth Maloney
|"Police are still looking for four of the six men they considered leaders of the operation: Mihale Leventis, Frédéric Lavoie, Rabih Alkhalil and Timoleon Psiharis."|