|Éric Thibault is reporting that in order to protect investigative techniques that allow terrorist suspects to be caught, the RCMP could be forced to sacrifice a major operation against the Montreal mafia. This is what the RCMP and Crown face in the Clemenza Project, where 38 of the 58 accused have already been released without being tried.|
|RCMP investigators said that disclosure of this "sensitive information" would help criminals "adapt" and could hamper future investigations.|
|In the Raynald Desjardins murder trial rather than complying, the prosecution negotiated with the accused, who then pleaded guilty to reduced charges of conspiracy.|
National security investigations have supplanted those of organized crime as the top priority for the RCMP since the 2014 fatal bombings in Ottawa and Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu.
|The Judge asked the Hells Angels lawyers if they were still intent on hearing from about 20 bikers who oppose the state confiscation of their Sherbrooke bunker on Wednesday.|
The defense had changed their game plan.
|Two Quebec residents are in custody facing federal drug charges after the pair attempted to transport nearly 300 pounds of cocaine in a Canada-bound Piper Navajo.|
David Ayotte (left) & Sylvain Desjardins
|The Hells Angels celebrated their 39th birthday in Canada on December 17th at a Sainte-Anne-de-Sorel hotel. Police noticed that some of the bikers displayed the name of the city on the front of their jacket. This means that the Quebec section is officially reopened after being inactive for almost eight years since Operation SharQc on April 15, 2009.|
Four of the five Hells Angels chapters are active; These are the Montréal, South, Trois-Rivières and Québec sections. Only Sherbrooke is still inactive.
|For over 30 years the Rizzuto clan ruled the roost of organized crime in Quebec in partnership with the Hells Angels and street gangs. Now even they are paying taxes for the right to operate. Such an outcome would have been unimaginable for Vito Rizzuto, who ruled with an iron hand while at the top of the pyramid in Quebec.|
The natural death of Rizzuto in December 2013 torpedoed the Sicilian Clan and marked the beginning of the end. Project Mastiff-Magot was another heavy blow that weakened and disorganized the mob, which has given way to the new Hells Angels.
|Sources say organized crime in Quebec is currently controlled by the Hells Angels, who have established a 'superstructure' guided by 'committee decisions' that put them at the very top of the pyramid.|
Reportedly Mario Brouillette, Robert Martin, and brothers Sylvain and François Vachon are on the committee, which uses lieutenants in each region to control puppet clubs for the 'big gang'. It is estimated over 80% of the Province is under their direct control.
|The Hells Angels have taken over former Mob territory and have made inroads into New Brunswick and Ontario. While the Hells Angels ascend, the Montreal Mafia has had no real leader since the Magot Mastiff-operation and the consecutive murders of three prominent members of the Rizzuto clan in 2016. The end of the reign of the Sicilians seems complete.|
While the alliance has ended, there is no animosity between bikers and the remaining Sicilian mafiosi. It is unclear if this will remain so if the 'Ndrangheta' (Calabrian mafia region of Italy) reestablishes dominance in Montreal as many suspect.
Bruno "Moses" Hudon
|Bruno Hudon, 62, a former member of the Hells Angels and brother of Quebec Chapter member Daniel Hudon, was arrested this morning in La Pocatière during a police raid against a network of alleged cocaine traffickers.|
Bruno "Moses" Hudon was one of the co-founders of the Quebec chapter of the Hells Angels in 1988 and was vice-president. In 1994 he was expelled on good terms.
In 1999 Hudon was found guilty of burning down a peeler bar. The bar had forbidden him from entering wearing colors. A former associate of the club became informer and testified against him. In 2001 Hudon and some sixty Hells Angels, members of their affiliated clubs, and associates were arrested in a major investigation by the RCMP. He was sentenced to more than 50 months in prison in June 2003
|70 police officers are raiding locations linked to a drug-trafficking ring on Montreal's South Shore this morning. Police say the ring is controlled by members of the Devils Ghosts.|
The Sûreté du Québec, Longueuil and Richelieu-Saint-Laurent police forces are taking part in the operation at locations in Longueuil, Saint-Amable, Sainte-Julie and Saint-Bruno. The Devils Ghosts are a relatively new biker gang established by and directly affiliated and controlled by the Hells Angels.
|The motion for confiscation of the infamous
Sherbrooke Hells Angels bunker in Lennoxville will be heard on January
23rd. The Crown and the defense will present their arguments at the Montreal
Courthouse. The Sherbrooke Hells Angels bunker has been blocked since
Operation SharQc in April 2009. In November 2015, the Director of
Criminal and Penal Prosecutions (DPCP) filed a motion for the
forfeiture of the bunker and the land.|
In its application, the DPCP submits that the building is an offense because crimes have been planned and committed on the property with profits accruing to the Hells Angels. Annual municipal taxes have gone from $ 4464 in 2015 to $ 4123 in 2016 due to a decline in the property's value. The property was valued at $ 454,800. It is now worth $ 424,600.
|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.
|René Charlebois rose quickly through the ranks of the Hells Angels in the midst of the biker war in Quebec. He became a member of the elite Nomads chapter, and was a trusted confidant of Maurice 'Mom' Boucher. In 2003 he was convicted for the murder of a police informant.|
He was jailed but escaped from Montée Saint-François prison in Laval. 12 days later he was cornered by police and rather than return to prison he shot himself in the head with a Smith & Wesson 357 Magnum revolver. Shortly after his death, tape recordings involving then police star biker investigator Benoît Roberge were forwarded to police. Roberge had been working for the Hells Angels as a spy.
|Benoît Roberge, 53 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. Roberge was granted his release following a hearing before the Parole Board of Canada in August. |
Benoît Roberge spent 29 months in custody of his 8 year sentence.
| SharQc's flagship informant was Sylvain Boulanger, who received $ 2.9 million and avoided any criminal charges in exchange for his confidences to the police. Dayle Fredette signed his contract of informer on February 8, 2012. His reward? $ 15,000 spread over the 25 years of incarceration he will have to serve, plus $ 50 a month to defray his canteen in prison. The government also agrees to pay his two children monthly financial assistance of $ 150 until they are 18 years old.|
Like Boulanger, the "other informer" never had to testify in court, which finally ended in September 2016. At 15, Fredette was the pusher of his school. At 17, he lived in the den of a motorcycle club. At 28, after committing his first murder, he became a member of the Hells Angels.
|In December 1992 Fredette was sent to the federal penitentiary Leclerc in Laval to serve a five-year sentence. Several Hells Angels were incarcerated there, including Michel "Jinx" Genest and Jacques "La Pelle" Pelletier, both convicted for their role in the Lennoxville Massacre. "Genest had brought me in and asked me what I wanted to do in life," Fredette told the SQ. I replied that I wanted to become a Hells Angel. He said, "OK, that's what I wanted to know." After that I became a henchman for Genest and Pelletier and I was a drug dealer for them. "|
In 1994, the Hells Angels and the Rock Machine went to war. After his release in 1997, his friends who had risen in rank among the Hells Angels, made him the proposal that he had been waiting for. "There Jos asks me if I am ready to wage war with them. He explains to me that I have to kill Rock Machine. I told them I was ready. That I wanted to become a Hells Angel too."