|Quebec police say they are investigating after hockey legend Guy Lapointe was threatened by Quebec Hells Angels. |
Reports say the Hells Angels motorcycle gang threatened the lives of Insp. Guy Lapointe of the Sûreté du Québec, a provincial police spokesperson on outlaw bikers, and his father, Guy Lapointe Sr., 70, earlier this week.
The death threats came in the form of a letter, signed “81”
|Insp. Lapointe in April told a news conference that police had “dismantled three of the biggest drug trafficking networks in Quebec,” referring to the Hells Angels’ Montreal, South and Trois-Rivières chapters.||The junior Lapointe has a high profile in the Quebec media as a spokesman on bikers. He commented often in the media in April during a massive police operation against the bikers called Operation Objection, when police arrested 58 people across Quebec. One was a police officer who is alleged to have acted as a drug courier.|
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|Robert Vanier was sentenced to three years behind bars on two counts of perjury for lying on sworn documents about the value of his failing company, Onco Petroleum. It is a steep fall for Vanier, a man who stole some $30 million from investors in Ontario, Quebec and the US.|
What they didn’t know was he was born Carl Gagnon, a Quebecer that had racked up more than 60 criminal convictions before becoming a police informant against the Hells Angels. After testifying against the Hells Angels, he was placed in the witness-protection program with a new identity.
|Over two decades beginning in the early 1980s, Gagnon amassed criminal convictions across Quebec. Those convictions included numerous convictions for fraud. In 1999 he became involved in a car-theft operation with 3 members of the Hells Angels. The bikers, including Robert Savard, right-hand man of Maurice (Mom) Boucher – were said to have beaten him and forced him to commit a robbery to recover money that was owed.
He decided to testify against them and obtained police protection.|
As an informant, he provided many statements related to various crimes, but when defence lawyers asked to see all of them to test Gagnon’s credibility, the charges were dropped in November 1999.
|It has been 40 years since the Popeyes de Sorel officially became the Hells of Montreal.|
It was the first location of the famous biker group in the country.
|In addition to a big party on Saturday night, some members will attend a mixed martial arts event tonight at the Bell Center for the TKO 41 event.|
After SharQc in 2009, the Hells took a few years to reorganize. They have now regained virtual complete control of the drug market in Quebec and are as strong as ever.
|Traffickers in the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve neighborhood, who cut their drugs with fentanyl to boost their profits, "ate a lot" of hired thugs sent by the bikers according to a report from sources, both from the policing community, and close to the underworld. The Hells message has spread like wildfire in the network of hard drug dealers in the city.|
The Hells say they do not want to know anything about fentanyl and they don't touch it. But the fact remains that it is still sold on 'their' territory say police. The Hells Angels control the provincial drug market like never before in 40 years in Quebec.
| Yvan Leclair is a full patch Hells Angel, but was on his own when selling cocaine and guns to undercover cops says his lawyer when he made a plea deal. Leclair, 49, pleaded guilty in Belleville court to selling an ounce of cocaine to one undercover officer and a modified semi-automatic rifle to another between September, 2016, and January, 2017. He was among those rounded up in 'Operation Silkstone'.|
22 simultaneous raids across Ontario and parts of Quebec resulted in the seizure of 11,500 pills containing fentanyl, eight kilograms of cocaine and 7.5 kilograms of ecstasy, among other drugs.
Leclair sold a Russian-made SKS semi-automatic which included an illegal magazine.
|Police also seized 23 firearms and cash. Leclair had only recently been released from prison on previous drug charges prior to being arrested in the Silkstone raids. He was also convicted for having breached a lifetime weapons ban. Leclair was given two years in prison on top of his pre-trial custody.|
|It was only nine months ago, on Feb. 1, that defence lawyer Loris Cavaliere, 63, pleaded guilty to a gangsterism charge and a charge related to a firearm. Cavaliere was sentenced to a 26-month prison term for the gangsterism charge and eight months consecutive for possession of the 9mm pistol.|
Cavaliere was arrested as part of an investigation into drug trafficking in the city. The investigation revealed that as early as 2012, Cavaliere was a key figure in an alliance forged between members of the Montreal Mafia, the Hells Angels and influential street gang leaders.
|Cavaliere told the parole board he is no longer interested in working as a lawyer. He said that he is currently suspended from the Quebec Bar Association and that a hearing on his status with the bar is scheduled for January.|
The government recently became the sole owner of the infamous red roof building at 1575 Wellington Street South, valued at over $ 424,000 according to the City of Sherbrooke's land register. Not so fast say lawyers for the HA. An application was filed in Montreal last week.|
The State is expected to act as it did in 2015 with the former bunker in Trois-Rivières, which it also obtained through court confiscation. A rapid demolition of all structures and sale of the land to the highest bidder. The City of Sherbrooke would receive a portion of the proceeds from the sale to recover nearly $ 50,000 in municipal taxes that has remained unpaid since the 2009 SharQc operation.
|The state says they have demonstrated that the Hells used the "almost impregnable fortress" to facilitate their criminal activities, including plotting the murders of their enemies during the bloody war with the Rock Machine in the 1990s.|
A major symbol of the violence of the gang, the den was also the scene of the "Lennoxville Massacre" where five members of the North Chapter were shot dead before their bodies were put into sleeping bags with concrete blocks and thrown into the river. Most point to this event as the start of the biker war in Quebec.
|'Francis' sold cocaine for over two years for the Hells Angels. After getting busted and serving 66 months, he decided to walk away from the Hells. That meant living in fear of a bullet in the head or having his car explode. He moved every 3 months for years to avoid detection. |
When he learned the bikers were selling t-shirts to children at festivals in Quebec, he decided to speak out. The kiosks are based on two primary functions. The first is the public solicitation, the demonstration that they are there. The second is recruitment. "The Hells and their representatives are never in a place for nothing. Everything is planned quarterly in this organization. It's a big business"
|Sylvain Desjardins, 57, entered a guilty plea Friday, while David Ayotte entered a guilty plea on June 2. Both men admit they “knowingly and willingly” possessed cocaine with the intent to distribute. They face a 10-year mandatory minimum sentence because of the quantity of the cocaine involved. The maximum sentence is life in prison. Ayotte has agreed to surrender the plane.|
One week after Desjardins and Ayotte were arrested in Ohio, Montreal police arrested 11 people and carried out 21 search warrants in Montreal, Laval, Lachute and Ste-Agathe-des-Monts as part of Project Affliction, an investigation into a drug trafficking network that supplied cocaine to the Montreal Mafia and the Hells Angels.
|Traffickers linked to the Lebanese underworld and the Hells Angels have just been cut off after losing a cargo of 132 kg of cocaine in the United States, where one of their pilots made an emergency landing. Police of the anti-gang section of the SPVM dismantled the criminal organization based in Montreal and Laval, making 11 arrests under project 'Affliction'.|
This group supplied part of the cocaine sold by the Hells Angels and the Italian mafia in the Greater Montreal area, and assumed the risk of transporting drugs into Quebec through the air. Police believe the organization used private aircraft and pilots from the Dominican Republic. They were selling an average of two kilograms of cocaine a day and collecting $ 3 million in monthly revenue.
|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 probe was launched after U.S. Customs and Border Protection assisted with an aircraft about to land illegally in the United States. While in flight, the Canada-bound aircraft diverted its flight path and landed unauthorized at KUNI Ohio University Airport due to 'mechanical problems'.|
Investigators found 132 bundles, each weighing about 1 kilogram.
Daniel Poulin, Jean Saoumaa, Jihad Saoumaa, Tony George Saoumaa, Michel Jacques and Martin Lauzon.
|An operation carried out last week produced the arrests of 11 people and the seizure of 42 firearms and four crossbows. Thirty-five kilograms of cocaine were also seized. Accounting records indicted the network was able to move 180 kilograms over the course of 90 days.|
Six of the 11 arrested appeared before a judge at the Montreal courthouse. That includes Jean Saoumaa, a 57-year-old Laval owner of a clothing company who was fined more than $800,000 in 2009 after he pleaded guilty to tax fraud by using fake receipts to reduce the tax burden of companies he owned. Jean and Jihad Saoumaa, 25, also of Laval, are charged with possession of a drug with the intent to traffic.
|Montreal police dismantled two drug trafficking rings in connection with a recent spate of fentanyl-related deaths and overdoses in the city. Cops from the Montreal police service's violent crimes unit carried out two operations, executing seven search warrants and arresting 10. The two drug rings, which police say trafficked heroin and fentanyl, were related to a 'criminal biker gang'. The arrests were related to at least six recent fentanyl-related deaths and scores of overdoses in Montreal. |
Arrested are Yann Bouthillette, 33. Alain Julien, 28. Dominique Gauthier, 23. François Vallières, 48. Joey Marcil, 19. Dominique Leblanc, 20. and Steven Lallemant, 20.
|The Quebec coroner's office is reporting 24 confirmed cases of drug overdoses, and 12 deaths, have occurred since August 1 in Montreal. |
Preliminary results of a survey confirmed that many of the users had taken drugs laced with fentanyl without their knowledge — a situation that is becoming common in Montreal. Officials say fentanyl was first found in opiods, but are now being found in virtually all street drugs. Montreal's three safe injections sites opened in late July and officials say they're a success so far. The sites were approved by Health Canada and are run by community organizations.
|The Hells Angels' bunker in Sherbrooke is no more. A Quebec Superior Court decision was released Monday confirming what most suspected for years. Justice Carol Cohen found the "fortress" helped the group commit acts of organized crime, including drug trafficking and murder. The property consists of five plots of land, three of which have "fortified" buildings on them.|
Buildings feature tinted bulletproof windows, metres-high wood fences and elaborate camera systems
|The compound, worth roughly $425,000, is the last of the club's "bunkers" still standing in Quebec. The Trois-Rivières location was torn down two years ago. The judge rehashed past testimonies involving 24 members of the Sherbrooke chapter who, in 2012, pleaded guilty to conspiring to kill members of competing gangs as well as independent drug dealers who refused to buy from the Hells.|
Guy Auclair, Georges Beaulieu and Richard Rousseau are identified as the Sherbrooke chapter's founding members, having created it in 1984. They will be removed from title and the property sold to recover unpaid taxes over $43,909.
|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."