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Posted: May 13 2006, 12:00 PM


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Two new motorcycle clubs called the Outcasts and the Jesters have nothing to do with the Hells Angels, except that they checked in with the established biker club as a courtesy, Angels spokesman Rick Ciarniello said Friday.

The Vancouver Sun reported Friday that the Hells Angels are expanding in B.C. by setting up two new puppet clubs called the Outcasts and the Jesters to counter law-enforcement efforts that have led to several high-profile arrests and convictions in recent months.

RCMP Chief Supt. Bob Paulson, a biker expert based in Ottawa, said the Outcasts is a new puppet club of the Vancouver chapter of the Hells Angels, while the Jesters is a proposed support club of the Angels' White Rock chapter.

Details of the Jesters proposal were uncovered when White Rock sergeant-at-arms Villy Roy Lynnerup was arrested with a gun at Vancouver International Airport late last month, Paulson said.

But Ciarniello called Paulson's information "propaganda" to get more funding for the RCMP's campaign against the Hells Angels, which he continues to insist is not a criminal organization.

Ciarniello said he first heard about the Jesters by reading The Sun's story and then called White Rock members who told him that a few people attended a meeting to say they want to establish the Jesters.

"Apparently they came to the White Rock people to talk to them. That is all that was being brought to the attention of the rest of us is that they came to talk to them," Ciarniello said. "They were just letting us know they wanted to start a club. We don't affiliate ourselves with people like that. We don't even know them."

Ciarniello said Lynnerup's private notes that were in his seized luggage made reference to the would-be Jesters visiting the White Rock chapter.

"He was letting us know this group of people was coming to see him, to see the White Rock chapter," Ciarniello said."I don't even know if they are going to exist."

As for the Outcasts, Ciarniello said the group has been recently formed as Paulson said, but he also denied an HA link.

"They don't want any trouble with us so I guess in a left-handed sort of way we gave them approval, but it had nothing to do with us," Ciarniello said. "We don't socialize with them or if we do it is rarely. . . . I have seen them at some of our events or at some of the events that I have attended. So I have seen them, but I don't know any of them."

He said the Outcasts is "a different kind of club than we are."

Ciarniello said police are misusing information about the new clubs to taint the Hells Angels.

"It troubles me that law enforcement wants to use them for some sinister reason," he said.

Ciarniello said he did not know where either club is based and could not provide any contact names.

Paulson said the puppet clubs are in wide use in other provinces so that Hells Angels members can distance themselves from criminal activity by making the support groups do the day-to-day work.

Because of a number of arrests and convictions of full patch Hells Angels in B.C. in the last year, the club is looking for a new way to do business, he said. But Ciarniello said any people linked to the club who have been convicted committed the crimes as individuals and without the knowledge of their comrades.


"If those Hells Angels that are charged turn out to be convicted, so be it," he said.

"The fact is, if they are guilty, they did it for themselves, not for the club."

Attorney-General Wally Oppal said Friday that he was disturbed to hear of the expansion of the Hells Angels in B.C.

"It is disturbing, but I am not at all surprised at what we are hearing," Oppal said.

He said he fully expects B.C. will get its share of more cash from Ottawa to fight outlaw motorcycle clubs and other criminal gangs.

"We expect with the federal crime initiative that we will be getting federal funding to deal with organized crime," Oppal said.
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6-year biker investigation ends in jail time
Project Shirlea started with Keswick clubhouse

Martin Derbyshire, Staff Writer
May 25, 2006

Two former Keswick Hells Angels gang members and a third current member have been locked up, putting an end to a six-year-old York Regional Police project focussing on biker gangs.

Dubbed Project Shirlea -- named after the street where the Keswick Hells Angels club house still stands -- the initiative began in August 2000, targeting the Keswick Satan's Choice Motorcycle Gang, which later patched-over to the Hells Angels.

The investigation evolved and involved Hells Angels and associates across the GTA, London and as far way as Quebec and British Columbia.

"It started out as a probe into the criminality and all criminal offences involving the then Keswick chapter of the Satan's Choice, now Hells Angels, biker gang, then (drugs) became the focus," lead investigator Det. Duncan MacIntyre said.

On April 24 2003, the enforcement aspect of the project concluded when 83 search warrants were executed in pre-dawn raids across Ontario and Quebec, including 14 in York.

Fourteen Hells Angels members were arrested, including two former Keswick Hells Angels members and one current member, along with three members of the Redline Crew, which is a Hells Angels associate club.

Sixty associates of the gang were also arrested and charged with a total of 409 criminal charges.

Investigators seized 193 marijuana plants, 16 kilograms of dry marijuana, six kilograms of cocaine, 441 grams of hashish, 2,350 percodan tablets, $209,000 in Canadian cash, $3,400 in American currency, 16 handguns, two prohibited firearms, six Kevlar vests and $40,000 in stolen property.

Two of the guns seized were hidden the basement of a Georgina home.

Former Keswick Hells Angels motorcycle gang members Michael Archibald, 34, and Adam Vickerson, 33, pleaded guilty April 28 to discharging a firearm during a June 2002 incident in which they tried to shoot an associate on a residential street in Keswick.

Both men were sentenced to four years in prison.

Current Keswick Hells Angels motorcycle gang member Michael Jeffrey McIlmurray was sentenced to five years in prison May 11 for his role in trafficking cocaine in York Region and across the GTA, bringing Project Shirlea close to a conclusion.

One Hells Angels member from outside York is still awaiting trial.

"It's a nice conclusion to a very long investigation," Det. MacIntyre said. "Any time you are able to disrupt drug networks and disrupt the influx of drugs into York Region it is very gratifying."

But despite initiatives like Project Shirlea, the Hells Angels are still quite active in the area, with chapters in Woodbridge and Keswick.

"They are an established international group and they and other clubs have been around for some time, (ridding the region of them) is nothing that will happen overnight," Det. MacIntyre said.

"But it is a focus of York Regional Police to keep and maintain a close watch on the Hells Angels."

This past September, investigators involved in the project received the Award of Exceptional Achievement for Outstanding Canadian Investigation by the International Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Investigators Association at their annual meeting in Nevada.

3 Keswick bikers jailed
Hells Angels members net 5- and 4-year sentences for drug, gun offences

By JACK BOLAND, TORONTO SUN
May 25, 2006

Three members of the Keswick chapter of the Hells Angels were jailed after pleading guilty to charges stemming from a three-year investigation into the biker gang dubbed Project Shirlea.

Full-patch Hells Angel Michael Jeffrey McIlmurray was sentenced on May 11 to five years for his role in trafficking cocaine in York Region and the GTA.

Former members Michael Archibald, 34, and Adam Vickerson, 33, were each handed four-year sentences after pleading guilty on April 28 to discharging a firearm during a June 2002 dinner-hour shooting on a residential street in Keswick.

"There was a miscommunication with an associate and their family," said York Regional Police Det. Duncan McIntyre. "The victim's vehicle was forced off the road at Lake Dr. and Roberts St., south of the Keswick clubhouse.

"Shots were fired in an intersection, but the intended victim was not hurt."

McIlmurray still faces charges in Vancouver that stem from Project Halo, an investigation by the Organized Crime Agency of B.C. that focused on the Nanaimo, B.C., chapter of the Hells Angels. A trial date is set for August.

Project Shirlea, which began in August 2000, focused on members of the Keswick Satan's Choice biker gang who later patched over and became members of the Hells Angels. The investigation evolved to include Hells Angels members and associates from the GTA, London, Quebec and B.C.

The project wrapped up on April 24, 2003, with the execution of 83 search warrants in pre-dawn raids across Ontario and Quebec. In total, 14 members of the Hells Angels were arrested, along with three members of the Redline Crew, a Hells Angels associate club. Another 64 associates were arrested and slapped with a total of 409 charges.



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Scandinavia Outlaw Biker News

Denmark

May
A Hells Angels member of many years lost his driving licence for 3 years and 6 months, for driving under influence.


Sweden

April
The member of a mc-club who was accused of raping another man over several years, got 4 years in prison.

A member of Bandidos mc Göteborg is on the run from the law, wanted for a money transport heist in Marts, 2006.

May
The president of Bandidos mc Stockholm got arrested, accused of threat against a policeman.


Norway

May
Two Hells Angels members got each nine moths in prison, and loss of 100000 norwegian kroners, for their part in smuggling 56000 liter beer in to Norway.




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Man arrested after gang brawl


June 02, 2006

SYDNEY police have arrested a man wanted in Queensland for attempted murder following a Gold Coast kickboxing event.

Five people were shot or stabbed in a wild melee between the Hell's Angels and Finks motorcycle gangs at the Royal Pines Resort at Carrara on March 18.

A Queensland arrest warrant for attempted murder was issued for Gold Coast man Shane Scott Bowden.

Police allege he was one of up to three men from the rival bikie gangs who fired shots among a crowd of 1600 at the kick-boxing event.

NSW Police said today a 32-year-old man was charged with a Queensland arrest warrant for the offence of attempted murder.
The charge relates to a brawl during a boxing night at a Carrara resort on Saturday March 18, NSW Police said.

The man was arrested during a series of police drug raids in Sydney yesterday that also netted one of NSW's most wanted fugitives, Ramon Youmaran.

The man wanted for the Gold Coast attempted murder is expected to be extradited back to Queensland today.

Police said he had been living in Sydney's eastern suburbs.

He and another man, an alleged bikie gang leader, were arrested together about 3.30pm (AEST) in a car in inner-city Haymarket, police said.

Police will allege they located 3.7g of amphetamine and a quantity of cash in possession of the men.

A 36-year-old Pyrmont man was subsequently charged with supply prohibited drug and money laundering.

Both men were refused bail to appear in Sydney's Central Local Court later today.
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Big federal raids hit SR Hells Angels sites
Drug suspects not at homes, clubhouse

By MARY CALLAHAN AND DEREK J. MOORE
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
3-6-06

More than 100 heavily armed federal agents and state and local officers swept into Santa Rosa early Friday, raiding four homes and the local Hells Angels clubhouse in search of drugs, weapons and two federal suspects.

The suspects - the president of the local Hells Angels chapter and an associate - were not found, but four other people were arrested.

The raids were part of a general crackdown on Hells Angels' activities around the nation and followed directly from April drug arrests of two high-ranking Frisco Chapter officers and 10 associates in San Francisco, the FBI said.

One of Friday's targets, local chapter leader Raymond Michael Foakes, 42, already faces federal charges that include attempted murder in connection with a 2002 shootout and brawl between rival bikers at a Nevada casino that ended in four deaths.

Foakes and Michael Vargas, 56, are wanted under sealed federal warrants alleging illegal possession and distribution of drugs, said Patrick Geonetta, the FBI's supervisory special agent in charge of the North Bay.

Authorities said little about the case Friday, except that Foakes and Vargas were linked to drug sales through an investigation involving Joseph "Joey" Wilson, 35, president of the club's San Francisco chapter, and his sergeant at arms, Jason "JB" Peterson, 32.

The two men and 10 others were arrested April 20 after an eight-month investigation into what news accounts called a multimillion-dollar criminal enterprise involving methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana.

"The arrest warrants are tied into the S.F. chapter, the Joey Wilson case," Geonetta said. "Those two arrest warrants stem from that investigation."

About 100 to 150 law enforcement personnel took part in Friday's raids, storming Foakes' home at 748 Mill St. south of downtown, as well 747 and 663 Mill St., 895 Sonoma Ave. and the local Hells Angels' headquarters at 516 Frazier St., FBI spokeswoman LaRae Quy said.

A Napa County residence also was searched, Geonetta said.

The raids were launched simultaneously shortly after 5 a.m. - a time when agents hoped Vargas and Foakes would be home.

"I don't have any reason to believe they were tipped off or anything," Quy said. "They just weren't there."

Foakes has been free on bail pending a Sept. 18 trial in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas on charges related to the April 2002 fight between members of the Hells Angels and Mongols motorcycle club at Harrah's Casino in Laughlin, Nev.

He was one of 44 Hells Angels indicted on federal racketeering, attempted murder and firearms charges in the case.

Foakes' attorney did not return a phone call Friday for comment.

Friday's raids were the latest in a yearlong crackdown on the Hells Angels. Since last summer, high-ranking Hells Angels members in San Diego, Chicago, Arizona and San Francisco have been rounded up by federal authorities on murder, drug and racketeering charges.

In Montreal in May, authorities arrested 38 people, including a member of the Hells Angels and six members of the related Syndicate gang on charges that included drug trafficking and gangsterism.

Authorities are taking advantage of the federal Violence in Aid of Racketeering anti-gang law to go after the motorcycle group and to try to prove it is a criminal enterprise.

"Racketeering is a very effective statute because it's a strong one and it shows conspiracy to get involved in a lot of things," Quy said.

Friday's raids, however, reflected a more narrowly focused investigation, Quy said.

"So far it's just been the drug charges in the Bay Area," she said.

Geonetta said the raids were part of a joint investigation of the U.S. Justice Department's Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force.

"This is a case that's been around since the late '90s," Quy said. "We've been looking at drug possession and distribution by individuals who either are associates with or are members of the Hells Angels group."

"We're still obviously trying to determine the magnitude and individuals involved," Geonetta said.

Authorities seized drugs, firearms and explosives in Friday's raids and made four arrests - none of them directly related to the FBI investigation.

Stephanie Roberts, 21, and Chris Cunningham, 29, were arrested on suspicion of possessing methamphetamine for sale and possessing a firearm with narcotics.

Santa Rosa Police Lt. Jerry Briggs said Roberts and Cunningham live in one of the houses on Mill Street searched by the FBI, but he did not know which one.

During the search, authorities found a sawed-off shotgun, a .38-caliber pistol and a .22-caliber rifle. All were loaded, Briggs said.

Authorities also searched 752 Mill St., next to one of the homes targeted by the FBI, Sonoma County Sheriff's Lt. Bruce Rochester said.

He said officers were allowed to search the home after knocking on the door and determining that the man who answered is on parole.

The Sheriff's Department bomb squad was dispatched after 15 small explosive devices similar to M-80s were found in the home, he said.

Jack Hamilton, 45, and Jack Hamilton Jr., 18, were arrested on suspicion of possession of destructive devices, possession of stolen property and a firearms violation.

Scores of officers began mustering in the Sheriff's Department parking lot at about 2:30a.m. in preparation for the raids.

FBI SWAT teams from Portland, Los Angeles, Sacramento and San Francisco led the raids, along with federal agents from the Drug Enforcement Agency, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives and the Internal Revenue Service; the state Department of Justice, Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement, Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and the CHP; the Sheriff's Department; and Santa Rosa police, with help from Cotati police.

Two Sheriff's Department drug-sniffing dogs also were used.

Neighbors of the homes searched described being awakened by the sounds of slamming doors and voices shouting "FBI" and seeing numerous black SUVs and unmarked vehicles pulling up in the street - sometimes on the sidewalk.

The heavily armed officers then stormed the houses, breaking down at least one door, a witness said, and tearing a hole in a back fence.

Ray Hawker, whose house adjoins one of the Mill Street homes raided, said authorities threw some kind of explosive or flash grenade into the house before entering.

Another neighbor, Richard Malloy, said officers closed off the street.

"I was awakened ... at 5 a.m. by the ruckus," he said.

Several neighbors also said they'd noticed lots of traffic coming and going from some of the raided houses - often at odd hours.

"I didn't really put two and two together until this morning, but it sure was suspicious," Hawker said.
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2 Hells Angels convicted of obstructing an officer

6/8/2006 Reno Nevada

Two members of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang were convicted Tuesday in Sparks Justice Court of obstructing an officer in February 2005.

Troy Philip Regas, Shayne Waldron and other members of the Hells Angels surrounded and blocked a Washoe County sheriff's car Feb. 17, 2005, near Sullivan Lane and Skye Terrace Drive.

Some members shouted obscenities at the officer from their club house. Other shone high powered spot lights into the officer's eyes, police said.

Justice of the Peace Kevin Higgins found the men guilty, according to the district attorney's staff.

Two ex-Hells Angels members sentenced
Bikers negotiate plea agreements on federal racketeering charges

Thursday, June 8, 2006
By ANDY KRAVETZ of the Journal Star

PEORIA - Two members of the Hells Angels motorcycle club were sentenced to federal prison Wednesday for racketeering charges stemming from a decades-long conspiracy involving violence, intimidation and drug sales.

Both David G. "Pulley" Ohlendorf, 40, of New Lenox and Richard A. Abrams, 41, of Rockford had entered into negotiated plea agreements earlier this year with federal prosecutors that capped their prison sentences at 46 months and 36 months, respectively.

Such agreements are rare in U.S. District Court, where a person's sentencing range is often determined after an investigation by the U.S. Probation Office. The deal knocked about four years off Abrams' potential sentence. Ohlendorf's plea knocked about two years off his potential sentence.

Each will get credit for slightly more than year in custody.

Both men admitted in February they took part in different incidents where they took, by force, the motorcycle and club-related clothing of former and prospective members. Abrams, who held positions in the Spring Valley and Rockford chapters, admitted he dealt small amounts of cocaine and methamphetamine over nearly a decade.

Ohlendorf, the one-time leader of the Spring Valley chapter, admitted he threatened two people who were to testify before a federal grand jury investigating the gang. One of the people, a woman, was later attacked by another biker's girlfriend, he said.

Mihm ordered both to pay $3,000 fines and to have no participation with the Hells Angels; a situation that likely wouldn't occur as both men were kicked out of the gang after they pleaded guilty.

Two others were also indicted with Ohlendorf and Abrams. Melvin "Road" Chancey, 38, of suburban Chicago, and the former head of the Chicago chapter, pleaded guilty in January and awaits sentencing.

The last member, James "J.W." White, 50, also pleaded guilty in February under a similar agreement as Ohlendorf and Abrams but was allowed last week to withdraw his guilty plea. White, the former president of the Rockford chapter, will appear in court this morning and a trial date could be set.

Wiretaps, scrutiny led to Hells Angels raid
Second SR suspect in custody; warrant says pair in drug deal with SF club leader

By DEREK J. MOORE
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Thursday, June 8, 2006

Federal authorities used wiretaps and surveillance to build a case against two Hells Angels members before last week's massive law enforcement raids in Santa Rosa, court records show.

Both men are in federal custody after Michael Vargas, 56, joined Raymond Foakes, 42, in turning himself in Tuesday to authorities in San Francisco.

The men were arraigned Wednesday in U.S. District Court on criminal charges of distributing methamphetamine. Details of the case are contained in an arrest warrant released by federal authorities the same day.

The warrant alleges that Foakes and Vargas conspired to do a drug deal with Joseph Wilson, 35, the president of the San Francisco Chapter of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club.

Foakes is the president of the club's Sonoma County chapter.

All three men apparently were unaware that their cell phones were being monitored by the FBI, despite a recent crackdown nationwide on the Hells Angels.

FBI agents were watching and listening in Oct. 17 when Vargas met with Wilson at his mother's house in San Francisco, where Wilson allegedly kept the drugs, records show.

San Francisco police stopped the Jaguar Vargas was driving later that night. When officers searched the car, they found about a half-pound of methamphetamine in the pocket of a black leather vest hanging on the back of a car seat, the warrant states.

The drugs have a street value of between $3,200 and $4,100, Sonoma County Sheriff's Sgt. Chris Bertoli said.

The FBI said the Jaguar Vargas was driving is owned by Foakes' girlfriend. But despite the timing of the traffic stop, Foakes apparently did not suspect that federal authorities were involved behind the scenes.

He told Wilson in a phone conversation documented by federal authorities that Vargas was stopped for running two red lights.

Foakes did, however, find it odd how fast police were on the scene.

"Foakes informed Wilson that it was 'kind of weird' because they pulled him (Vargas) over, and within five minutes, three cop cars were there," records show.

Vargas was prosecuted on state charges for possession of methamphetamine as the federal investigation continued, records show.

On April 20, Wilson and 11 other Bay Area Hells Angels members were arrested and charged with conspiring to possess and distribute methamphetamine and cocaine.

During the investigation, agents seized 50 kilograms of cocaine, more than two kilograms of methamphetamine and $75,000 in cash.

The amount of drugs Vargas allegedly had in his possession in October was much smaller by comparison.

FBI spokeswoman LaRae Quy on Wednesday defended Friday's raids in Santa Rosa in which as many as 150 heavily armed federal agents and state and local officers participated.

"Any time we're dealing with drugs and drug dealing, it's considered high-risk searches. That's why we brought in six SWAT teams," she said.

Foakes and Vargas turned themselves in four days after the raids.

Quy said their arrests are "part of a much bigger investigation ... which I'm not able to comment on."

Foakes also is awaiting trial in September in connection with a 2002 shootout and brawl between rival bikers at a Nevada casino that ended in four deaths.

According to a federal affidavit filed in 2005, Foakes started the brawl by kicking a member of the rival Mongols biker club in the face.
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Fear of biker gangs' clash
TROUBLE is feared as the Hell's Angels motorcycle gang descends on to the patch of their rivals, the Outlaws MC, in Riber this weekend.
Bikers from the Ashfield Hell's Angels Motorcycle Club visit Riber Castle for the group's 20th anniversary party tomorrow and will camp for the entire weekend on what is considered to be the Outlaws Motorcycle Club's patch.

Police say they are stationing offucers at the outdoor bash because of the potential for trouble, but residents don't think they are doing enough.

A Riber homeowner who did not want to be named said: "I'm so frightened that I'm not going to go out all weekend, even for a pint of milk.

"Everyone here is very worried about it, it's disgraceful, I don't know how a police unit with two police men are going to stop 500 outlaws."

A man who did not wish to be named, but who intimated knowledge of gang rivalry, said: "I tried all day to call Matlock police on Tuesday but couldn't get through.

"I'm not sure they are taking this seriously enough.

"They are rival motorcycle organisations, it could be it will all go off ok but there is the chance of trouble."

Another man who did not want to be named confirmed: "They are rivals.

"I know a band who played at a gig for the Outlaws and the following week played for the Hells Angels and they were not happy about that – they don't like sharing."

Inspector Paul Corton of Matlock police said officers would be stationed in a mobile unit in Riber during the weekend.

He said: "We are obviously aware there is rivalry and we have known that right from day one.

"If this was just a private party we wouldn't be policing it, but we know there is this historic rivalry and that is why we are stationing a mobile unit there over the weekend.

"But we have no information or intelligence to suggest there is going to be conflict between the Outlaws and the Hell's Angels and there hasn't been that we have been aware of for a very long time."

He also added that police officers will be present in the village and the 'B' Division Mobile Police Station will be parked in Riber as a central point for people to contact with any concerns.

If you have any information you are invited to contact police on 0845 123 3333.

By Amy Thurston
07 June 2006
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Bikie sting operation failed after tip-off
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June 11, 2006

A COVERT New South Wales police operation against a bikie gang leader ended in failure after he was tipped off his Cronulla unit was bugged.

Detectives involved in the exercise believe the leak, to Nomads boss Sam Ibrahim, came from within the NSW Crime Commission.

Sources told The Sunday Telegraph that despite an official complaint, the person suspected of the tip-off, a civilian, was never properly investigated.

It is not the first time someone from the commission has been accused of leaking sensitive information.

Last year, alleged cocaine syndicate member, Michael Hurley, went on the run after apparently receiving a "heads-up" he was about to be arrested.

The Australian Federal Police blamed the commission, while the latter blamed the AFP.

NSW police sources said the operation against Ibrahim, in about 2002, initially went well. "They were picking up some quality information," said one source.

But after about a month, an officer monitoring Ibrahim's conversations heard a criminal warn the bikie boss he was under electronic surveillance.

The criminal, who appeared before the Wood Royal Commission under the code name of KX11, was heard telling Ibrahim: "My contact tells me there's a bug in the house."

He then described his contact, saying he had previously worked in law enforcement and now worked in the city.

Horrified detectives then listened as Ibrahim and his mates searched the unit, finally finding the device and pulling it from its hiding place.

NSW police later learned KX11 had been in contact with a civilian at the crime commission. The Sunday Telegraph has been told an official complaint was lodged. According to the sources, nothing was done.

It's believed that Internal Affairs decided it had no jurisdiction over a civilian from the commission.
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Winnipeg arrests linked to Ontario biker slayings
Jun. 16, 2006. 10:36 AM
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WINNIPEG — Winnipeg police have arrested several people in connection with the killings of eight people linked to the Bandidos motorcycle gang in Ontario this spring.

Police executed search and arrest warrants across the city early this morning.

The arrests are the result of a joint investigation conducted by the Winnipeg Police Service and the OPP, dubbed “Operation Octagon,” the Star's Steve Rennie reports.

The CBC said one person arrested is a former Winnipeg police officer, alleged to be the leader of the Bandidos in Manitoba.

On April 8, the bodies of eight men, all with links to the Bandidos biker gang, were found in a farmer’s field about 30 kilometres southwest of London.

Three people already face first-degree murder charges in the case and two others face accessory-after-the-fact charges.

Details on the latest arrests will be released at a news conference later today. [/B][B]
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Three Winnipeg men charged in Bandidos slayings
Updated Fri. Jun. 16 2006 11:38 PM ET

CTV.ca News Staff

Three Winnipeg members of the Bandidos motorcycle gang, including a former police officer, have been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the slayings of eight men with links to the gang's Ontario chapter this spring.

The men were transported to a heavily-guarded St. Thomas, Ont. courtroom Friday night where they appeared briefly before a justice of the peace.

All three were remanded in custody until June 21 to give them time to get lawyers.

Dwight Mushey, 36, Marcello Aravena, 30, and Michael Sandham, 36, all longtime residents of Winnipeg, are charged with eight counts of murder each, the Winnipeg Police Service and Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) announced Friday at a joint news conference.

A woman was also arrested but has not been charged.

Police described Mushey and Sandham as full-patch members of the Texas-based Bandidos gang and Aravena as a "prospect,'' meaning he is not yet a full-fledged member.

"The three accused men came to the attention of the police very early in the investigation," OPP Det.-Supt. Ross Bingley told reporters in Winnipeg.

"Co-operation between the Ontario Provincial Police and the Winnipeg Police Service resulted in these arrests following weeks of comprehensive criminal investigation," he said.

Sandham served as a constable with Manitoba's East St. Paul Police Service for about a year and is now a full patch member of the Bandidos, a fact Winnipeg police Deputy Chief Menno Zacharias conceded is worrisome.

"As a police officer, naturally, he would have been exposed to training materials relative to motorcycle gangs and organized crime,'' Zacharias said. "And as a working officer, he would have access to a variety of related information.''

"It's a concern, but I don't know what actual part that may have played in any of this.''

Further arrests could be announced as police are continuing to conduct search warrants.

"At the time of those murders, there was a red vehicle that people in the area said they had seen with Manitoba licence plates and that's what drew the investigation back to Manitoba," CTV's Jill Macyshon reported from Winnipeg, appearing on CTV Newsnet.

The OPP confirmed an SUV has been seized and will be transferred to Ontario for forensic testing.

The accused are also to be transported to Ontario where they will appear in court in St. Thomas on Friday night.

Julian Sher, an investigative journalist, told CTV.ca he believes the arrests could be the final piece of the puzzle.

"There was always a question in our mind of outside help, but we knew it hadn't come from the United States and Winnipeg was the only place the Bandidos had a foothold outside of Toronto," said Sher, who has co-authored two books on biker gangs, including Angels of Death.

The bodies of eight men, all with links to the Bandidos biker gang, were found in a farmer's field about 30 kilometres southwest of London, Ont. on April 8.

Three people face first-degree murder charges in the case and two others face accessory-after-the-fact charges.

Yves Lavigne, an investigative journalist who once infiltrated the Bandidos, told CTV after the murders that the gang's presence has been virtually purged in Ontario, but that a smaller, junior chapter still existed in Winnipeg.

"There's three guys left out west. If they were smart, they would burn their colours, head out to the mountains and become cowboys," Lavigne said at the time.

"Because it's a lot safer riding a horse for them than riding a Harley," he said.

Investigators said early on that the deaths were an internal settling of scores.

"As far as the Bandidos go, obviously the internal cleansing that's occurred, for whatever reason they have deemed, has caused a great deal of problems for them in the Ontario area,'' said Det. Supt. Ross Bingley of the OPP.

"And now with the indictment of Manitoba members, obviously it's going to have impact on Manitoba Bandidos.''

Sher told CTV.ca an internal cleaning could have been a personal rivalry over drugs or women.

But if outside help was recruited to carry out the murders, the slayings are more likely to have been related to internal biker business and politics, Sher said.

News reports speculated the murders occurred after the victims announced plans to join rival gang the Hells Angels.

"These arrests also strengthen the theory that the motive would have been that the murder of Bandidos members were possibly considering switching over to the Hells Angels," Sher told CTV.ca.

Sher believes some Bandidos members could have been tempted to join the Hells because "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em."

Despite the group's ambition to improve their standing in Canada's biker gang pecking order, Sher said the Bandidos were never able to carve out a foothold in Canada.

"The Hells Angels are just so powerful in Canada, why not join the biggest club instead of trying to hold the flag up for Bandidos, which were not able to make a breakthrough in Canada," he said.

Police are urging members of the public who may have more information to call 1-866-765-1114 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

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June 17, 2006

Ex-cop bust shocks
Reputed boss of biker gang
By BOB HOLLIDAY AND PAUL TURENNE, STAFF REPORTERS

News that a former East St. Paul cop had been charged in the murder of eight Bandidos members shocked the man's most recent employer.

Michael Sandham worked from 2000 to 2002 as a cop with the East St. Paul police department and more recently was employed as a bylaw officer with Prairie Bylaw Enforcement, a private company hired by rural municipalities to enforce local laws.

Police arrested Sandham, reputed to be the head of the Manitoba Bandidos, and charged him and two others with eight counts of first-degree murder in connection with the killing of eight Ontario Bandidos members in April.

"It's a shocker. It sets you back," said Dave Prud'homme, of Prairie Bylaw Enforcement, where Sandham worked for two years, ending in 2004.

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Sandham was a certified instructor in the use of Taser guns and use of force and officer safety, said Prud'homme. All the necessary background checks were made before Sandham was hired in 2002, he said.

East St. Paul Reeve Phil Rebeck was surprised to learn of Sandham's alleged involvement in the Bandidos killings, despite his municipality's previous concerns that led to the officer's resignation from the 10-member force four years ago.

"When we hired him, we thought he would be a good policeman with us," Rebeck told the Sun. "On that basis, we hired him. I'm sorry to hear he has maybe gone the other way. It hasn't all been proven yet, but the charge is serious enough."

Sandham was suspended from the East St. Paul police department in October 2002 after he was spotted by Winnipeg cops doing security at a Bandidos rally. Winnipeg cops notified East St. Paul that Sandham -- who had asked for time off from the force for an unspecified reason -- was seen at the event.

"We felt that if he were involved in any of those gangs, we weren't interested in keeping him on," the reeve recalled.

"We gave him a choice to resign, and he did that."

Biker sources claim Sandham was associated with the Outlaws motorcycle gang when he lived in southern Ontario in the 1990s.

Some of Sandham's former neighbours at the Pine Ridge Village mobile home park just north of Winnipeg, where he and girlfriend Kathleen Harder lived until last fall, said they always suspected something was fishy about the man. They never thought he was the head of a motorcycle gang, though.

"He drove a car marked Peace Officer, and I actually assumed he was sort of going undercover to infiltrate a gang. I never expected him to be the gang," said one resident of the park, who declined to give her name.

Another neighbour said he also thought Sandham was an undercover biker cop, and said he always thought the man looked like "a wannabe" when riding his motorcycle.

One neighbour said Sandham and Harder lived with two children, a girl of about five and a boy a few years older.

She said they never associated much with other neighbours and lived quietly, except for one night when several police cars arrived at their trailer for unknown reasons.

The neighbour said Ontario Provincial Police officers were in the park on Wednesday asking questions about Sandham.

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Bikers seen at shooting scene
By KRISTEN VERNON, Staff Writer


A man lies deceased on the ground while a police constable looks for clues following an early morning homicide that had occured along 92 street south of 234 avenue early Sunday morning. Police were still investigating the death and believe a firearm was involved. (Walter Tychnowicz, SUN)
A man in his mid-30s was shot dead and another man was wounded yesterday near a south-side bar, police say.

The dead man is the 10th person slain in Edmonton this year.

Witnesses speculated the shooting may have been biker-related because Hells Angels from Alberta and Saskatchewan were at the scene.

The gang unit is assisting in the homicide investigation.

Police were called to reports of multiple gunshots on 92 Street, south of 34 Avenue, around 1:30 a.m., where they found one man dead on the side of the road.

A second man, believed to be about 30, suffered gunshot wounds.

He underwent surgery in hospital and is expected to survive, said police spokesman Karen Carlson.

Cops suspect the slain man was shot to death, but the medical examiner still has to determine the exact cause of death, she said. An autopsy has not yet been scheduled.

Dennis, who declined to give his last name, was at the Kings Knight Pub, 9221 34 Ave., near the scene of the shooting.

The 23-year-old, who frequents the pub, said Saturday was the first time in a while he's spotted Hells Angels at the bar. He said four bikers were in the pub, while he later saw another six outside.

But a woman who lives nearby said she was at the pub Friday and the bikers "were just everywhere.

"I just saw the patches on their backs," said the woman, who declined to give her name.

Police Insp. Dan Jones said he spotted about 10 bikers outside the pub after the shooting.

Gang or drug connections have not been confirmed, Carlson said.

"But yes, it is early and you never know what kind of information is going to come forward throughout the next couple of days," she said.

Carlson said initial word is that the victims had been at the pub, "but officers are still trying to determine the incident that led up to this shooting."

Police took the names and contact numbers from bar patrons, Dennis said.

"When you walk out of the bar and you hear someone got shot around the corner and you don't know if he was alive or not - it's a little nerve-wracking," he said.

Carlson didn't know whether any weapons had been recovered.

She said detectives don't believe at this point that the shooting is connected to other crimes.

RCMP ballistics experts from Regina are assisting detectives to determine "how many people were involved, or at least how many weapons were involved," Carlson said.

No arrests have been made, she said.

Fears of an Edmonton biker war erupted more than two years ago when Joey Campbell, a probationary member of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club, and his companion, Robert Simpson, were shot to death Jan. 30, 2004, as they left Saint Pete's Men's Club, at 11125 156 St.

Members of the Bandidos have since been absorbed into the Hells Angels.

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June 21, 2006

Biker link questioned

Reports identifying a man gunned down outside a south-side pub as a biker gang "hang around" have raised the ire of a man claiming to be affiliated with the Hells Angels in Toronto.

"If this turns out that the man was the victim of a shooting that has absolutely nothing to do with Hells Angels, are you going to report that?" Bill Paide demanded in an e-mail to the Sun. Paide claims to be the webmaster for realdealnews.com, a website devoted to "bikers who believe in freedom of association."

"It seems we can't even bury a man who is an innocent victim without (the media) giving a forum to those that make their lucrative living trashing us," the e-mail said.

The website has several articles charging police corruption and suggesting that cops scare the public and politicians into giving them bigger budgets by portraying bikers, and the Hells Angels in particular, as terrifying criminal bogeymen.

Michael Robert Rieger, 37, of Surrey, B.C., was shot dead early Sunday outside the Kings Knight Pub at 92 Street and 34 Avenue.

A police biker expert said Rieger was a Hells Angels affiliate, or "hang around," who was in Edmonton for some local drag races. The expert said the Angels have a couple of drag racing teams, who travel a circuit for much of the summer.

Several men wearing Hells Angels vests were questioned by police at the scene of the shooting. The biker expert suggested there could be numerous reasons for a "hang around" to get killed, most of which have to do with the drug trade.

"Ask your unnamed source just how big a police budget he's shooting for," the e-mail suggested.

The website also urges visitors to "support the big red machine, Hells Angels, Toronto, Ontario, Canada."

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June 22, 2006

Biker gang 'no longer exists'
Bandidos 'defunct' after arrests
By JACK BOLAND, TORONTO SUN

WHITBY -- The Bandidos "are now defunct," Ontario's top biker cop said yesterday after four members of the motorcycle gang were charged with second-degree murder.

"Finally, it is our belief, with the arrests of today, and the subsequent arrests for the slayings in Shedden, that the Bandidos no longer exist in Ontario," Det. Insp. Don Bell of the province's Biker Enforcement Unit said.

The four Ontario members are charged in the death of Shawn Douse, 35, a married father of two from Keswick.

His body was discovered Dec. 8, 2005, beaten and burned in a Pickering woodlot near York-Durham Town Line and Concession Rd. 7.

Det.-Sgt. Rolf Kleum, of Durham homicide, said two of the accused -- Cameron Acorn, 25, a full-patch member of the Bandidos, and Randolph Brown, 35, an associate -- were already in custody on unrelated charges. Acorn is jailed in Penetanguishene and Brown in Lindsay.

A third man -- Pierre "Carlito" Aragon, 24, of Oakville, a full-patch member -- was arrested Tuesday near Kipling Ave. and The Queensway in Etobicoke.

Police have issued a Canada-wide warrant for Robert "Bobby" Quinn, 26, a Bandidos prospect member whom Kleum said fled to the Nelson, B.C., area shortly after Douse's murder.

Kleum alleged the men set up a meeting with Douse at the Keswick home of Jamie Flanz. Flanz was one of eight men found murdered in the Shedden on April 8 in what Bell at the time called an "internal cleansing" of the Bandidos motorcycle gang.

"They encouraged him (Douse) to come to a meeting," Kleum said, explaining Douse had been involved in the cocaine trade in the Georgina and Keswick area that the accused frequented.

"He (Douse) was doing his thing in the Keswick area and was crossing paths with them on a regular basis," Kleum said. "They had a beef with him," he alleged.

Kleum confirmed that Durham investigators had tailed several of the Bandidos members to the "church meeting" held at Wayne Kellestine's farmhouse in Shedden.

"As a result of our investigation into the Bandidos members, we were gathering intelligence information continually during the time of the Shedden incident," Kleum said. "We don't have any information that there is a causal link between what occurred in (Durham) and what occurred in Shedden."

Bell said the Bandidos colours have been pulled and there are only two major biker gangs left in the province -- the Outlaws and the Hells Angels.

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Bad standing
Minstens zes van de dertien van moord verdachte Limburgse Hells Angels zijn met bad standing (gedwongen) uit de motorclub gezet.

Hun chapter, The Nomads uit Oirsbeek, werd eerder al opgeheven. Bij de geroyeerde leden, die allen een straf van zes jaar uitzitten, zijn inmiddels de motoren opgehaald. Het betekent ook dat ze gedwongen zijn om hun clubtatoeages, de zogenaamde colors, te verwijderen en dus zwart te maken. Dat bleek donderdag 8 juni tijdens de tweede zittingsdag van het hoger beroep in de Amsterdamse Bunker. Vorig jaar werden ze veroordeeld voor doodslag op drie clubgenoten op 11 februari 2004, onder wie de president Paul de Vries. Tot grote ontevredenheid van het OM, dat levenslang had geëist wegens moord en in hoger beroep ging.

Betrokkenen bij het proces hoorden gisteren de veroordeelde Hells Angels onderling praten over de bad standing. Eerder vernam Vrij Nederland al uit betrouwbare bron dat enkele leden hun motoren en colors hadden moeten inleveren.

Omerta
Het hoger beroep is de laatste kans voor de Nomads om hun verhaal voor de rechter te doen. Het OM hoopt dat een van de verdachten tegen een of meerdere collega-clubleden zal getuigen, om zo straf te ontlopen. Daarom heeft de advocaat-generaal alle dertien verdachten ook opgeroepen als getuigen in het hoger beroep. Maar geen van de heren deed zijn mond open. Betrokkenen menen dat de bad standing, opgelegd door het leidinggevende Amsterdamse chapter, moest garanderen dat de Nomad-leden zouden zwijgen. Een Angel in bad standing en zijn familie zijn immers vogelvrij en als hij de omerta (zwijgplicht) zou verbreken, zou dat grote gevolgen kunnen hebben.

‘Crazy’ Ruud
Onlangs zijn twee voorvluchtige Nomads opgepakt. Een van hen, ‘Crazy’ Ruud D., bleek ook in bad standing de club te hebben verlaten. Hij had zijn tatoeages moeten verwijderen. Dat deze vergaande strafmaatregel tegen deze Limburgse Hells Angels is genomen, werd tot gisteren nog ontkend door de advocaat van de Amsterdamse Hells Angels Vincent Kraal: ‘De leden van de Nomads zijn vrijwillig uitgetreden.’

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Bikers pay tribute to slain Hells Angels associate
Michael Robert Rieger, an Angels 'hang-around,' was killed last month in a shooting outside an Edmonton nightclub

Kim Bolan
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Saturday, July 01, 2006



CREDIT: Ian Lindsay, Vancouver Sun
A mourners' procession of bikers lines up in Surrey Friday after the service for Michael Robert Rieger.

SURREY - Members of the Hells Angels paid tribute Friday to their fallen comrade in Surrey as about 150 of them rode in formation on their Harley-Davidson motorcycles to the funeral of Michael Robert Rieger, who was gunned down in Edmonton last month.

Rieger, a 37-year-old hang-around of the Vancouver Chapter of the Hells Angels, was in the Alberta capital for some annual drag races, when a dispute in the bar spilled out into the street and ended in a shooting.

"He was a very personable guy and everybody liked him. He was what we call a hang-around," Rick Ciarniello, the Hells Angels spokesman, said in an interview.

Also at the funeral at Surrey's Valley View Memorial Gardens was Jamie Yochlowitz, a 32-year-old who was also shot in Edmonton, but is recovering.

"Yes he was there, albeit in a walker," Ciarniello said Friday.

Edmonton police continue to investigate. Ciarniello said others linked to the club who were present when gunfire erupted did not get a look at the shooter.

"Nobody saw anything that night. Those people were at the races in Edmonton. In the evening, they were just at the bar," he said.

"They were in the wrong place at the wrong time. I don't think that this was a targeted person or anything."

Rieger, who owned a house in Whalley, died of multiple gunshot wounds.

Yochlowitz, who had some minor acting roles, was charged in 1999 with manslaughter in connection with a drug-related murder in Vancouver. That charge was later stayed and he was convicted of assault.

A young Vancouver woman also told a B.C. court that she had been recruited into prostitution by Yochlowitz, who was convicted of the offence in 1997, along with a man named Kevin Smith.

"I feel threatened because I know from experience and from observation what Kevin, Jamie and their friends are capable of," the woman said in a victim impact statement published in The Vancouver Sun. "They hurt and scare people. I worry about what they might do to me, my family or people I care about."

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French PDF file about Outlaw Bikers

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Dutch news in brief, 6 July 2006

Hells Angels want graves opened

Lawyers for the 14 Dutch Hells Angels convicted of killing three of their club mates have asked a court to order the re-opening of the victims' graves. They want to establish whether the guns used in the killings were buried with the victims, as a prosecution witness claimed. It will cast doubt on the witness's reliability if the weapons are not in the graves, the lawyers contend.


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Unescorted leave for ex-biker
Dubois is serving nine-year term; Family name was synonymous with crime; he was rejected by society, parole board told

PAUL CHERRY
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Wednesday, July 12, 2006




Sometimes the sins of the father are visited upon the son.

At least, that's how Alain Dubois told it to the National Parole Board yesterday.

The board granted unescorted leave privileges to Dubois, 44, a former member of the Hells Angels' vast drug trafficking network. He was rounded up as part of Operation Springtime 2001, a massive police raid.

The unescorted leaves will allow him to visit his family as he continues to serve a nine-year sentence he received on April 8, 2004, for his role in the biker gang war. He was convicted of drug trafficking, gangsterism and conspiracy to commit murder.

Dubois is the first of a handful of members of the Rockers convicted as part of Operation Springtime 2001 who are expected to appear before the parole board within the next two years.

Dubois received a lesser sentence than other members of the Rockers - a gang created by Hells Angels leader Maurice (Mom) Boucher - because he was with the gang for only nine months. He quit the Rockers "in good standing" on April 26, 2000, almost a year before his arrest.

Yesterday, Dubois told two parole commissioners that leaving the Rockers was part of his plan to gradually exit a life of crime that began when he was 17 or 18.

Dubois is the son of Jean-Guy Dubois, one of a large group of brothers who made up the Dubois clan, a notorious gang that controlled extortion rackets and drug trafficking in west-end Montreal. Dubois pere served time for second-degree murder while Alain Dubois was growing up in the 1970s.

Because his family name was synonymous at that time with violent crime, Alain Dubois told the parole board commissioners, he found himself constantly rejected by law-abiding society.

When he was a teenager, a girlfriend dumped him because their high school called her parents to inform them she was dating the son of a gangster serving time for murder.

By the time the younger Dubois reached CEGEP, he had started to gravitate toward criminals.

"Saying I was a Dubois, from the Dubois family, I saw the reverse reaction: I was accepted," he said.

Dubois said he quickly became an expert in breaking into stores that sold fur coats or jewelry. He described it as making easy money.

"I could throw a rock through a window, walk out with four fur coats and make $10,000," he said, adding he stopped when insurance companies began insisting such stores arrange for better security.

He got into drug trafficking by about 1993 and quickly learned his family name instantly brought him respect in organized-crime circles. Before joining the Rockers, Dubois had his own drug trafficking network in the southwestern areas of Montreal Island and managed to stay neutral during the war between the Hells Angels and the Rock Machine.

The Dubois name "was a name that was respected," he said.

"They'd say, 'That's Jean-Guy's boy. Don't touch him.' "

But by the time he was invited into the Hells Angels network, Dubois was living what he described as a "double life," being a very active hockey dad while starting a legitimate business on the South Shore.

In the months before he was arrested, he figured he had left the criminal life completely, Dubois said. According to a report from Correctional Service Canada, Dubois no longer associates with bikers and is very much involved in an environmental cleanup work program organized by the minimum-security institution in Laval where he is serving his sentence.

When parole commissioner Jean-Pierre Beauchesne specifically asked Dubois why he decided to join the Rockers and participate in the biker war while he was in the process of cleaning up his life, he insisted on answering the question only if a Gazette reporter would leave the room. Beauchesne and fellow commissioner Renee Collette agreed to the request, saying the answer "might jeopardize the safety of certain people."

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Bandidos members arrested for Samui land deals

19-7-06

Three members of the Bandidos, an international motorcycle gang, were arrested yesterday on charges relating to illegal land sales on Koh Samui, police said.

A team of 100 officers raided 10 locations on the resort island early in the morning, arresting two alleged gang members and a Thai official suspected of being an accomplice in the illegal land sales. A third foreign national sought by police later turned himself in.

British nationals Peter Watkin Jones, 40, and Crispin John Granville Paton-Smith, 43, and Thai surveyor Pramual Somwong were arrested during the raid. Pramual allegedly provided the foreign suspects with forged land documents.

Danish national Kim Lindegaard Nielsen, 36, was in Pattaya during the raid but later turned himself in. His Caribbean-style house on Samui is advertised for sale at Bt40 million.

Police are still looking for two Thai suspects, Samroeng Buanak and Prateep Muangkaew, and one Dane, Peter Buch Rosenberg, 35, who is believed to be travelling to Denmark.

The suspects were charged with extortion, money laundering and six counts of illegal sale of public land, said Colonel Taweesak Sodsong, the deputy chief of the Department of Special Investigations (DSI).

The illegal land-sale charges relate to development projects worth from Bt1 billion to Bt6 billion each, Taweesak said. Initial investigations found the projects had encroached on public land, he said.

The DSI will not seize the suspects' money and property until the Anti-Money Laundering Organisation (Amlo) conducts a thorough investigation, Taweesak said.

Foreign nationals who invest honestly in Thailand should remain confident that they will not be affected, he said.

Cases involving sites near mountains would be forwarded to the Special Case Investigation Department and other cases will be forwarded to National Counter Corruption Commission as the surveyor allegedly involved in the illegal sales is in the civil service.

DSI spokesman Colonel Piyawat Kingket said the Bandidos gang brought more than Bt3 billion into Thailand and laundered it in Koh Samui through several tourist businesses.

DSI chief General Sombat Amornviwat said his department had received a complaint from British national Neil that the gang had threatened to kill him until he turned over his business last December.

During a six-month investigation, police found that the foreign suspects were members of the Bandidos gang and had a network that extended to Bangkok, Pattaya and Phuket. They trafficked drugs in Thailand and laundered money here, Sombat said. They also engaged in illegal land deals in which they bribed land officials and used forged Sor Khor 1 documents to claim ownership of land they later sold to other foreign nationals.

The officers from the DSI, Amlo Crime Suppression Division and Department of Investigation took part in the raid.

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Scandinavian Outlaw Biker News

Finland

May

A 28 year old hangaround/prospect of Bandidos mc gets one year and two months for extortion.

June

Members of an unnamed mc-club in Rovaniemi, which is somewhere way up in the north of Finland, got arrested for drug dealing.

July

Members of Bandidos mc Finland are allowed to wear Marimekko t-shirts, which are yellow and red like Bandidos' colors, while serving their prison sentences. The t-shirts were first believed to be club colours, and were then confiscated because club colours are not allowed in prisons anymore. But after the case went to a sort of trial, it was decided they could use the t-shirts.

Sweden

May

During a party in Gävle, for Solidos mc Gävle ( Bandidos mc Sweden supporter club), the president of Bandidos mc Stockholm gets arrested for threat against policemen. In June he gets a two months sentence.

Hells Angels' club houses are searched by the police. Three are arrested. One is a member, one is a prospect, one is a friend of the club. All are accused of extortion.

June

Gävle gets a prospective chapter of Outlaws mc…and then their club house burns down. Was an accident, so no war is on the way.

A shootout in Stockholm between persons associated to Hells Angels and Bandidos , makes the police fear for the future.

Solidos mc Gävle is busted for drug dealing, extortion and possession of illegal guns. Every member is arrested.

July

The Bandidos mc Sweden member who was wanted for the money heist in Marts 2006, was found and arrested.

Five men, four of them members and prospects of Hells Angels, went to trial accused of extortion. Included are the three arrested in May. They are accused of trying to extort 600000 swedish kronar from two restaurant owners, on behalf of the fifth person arrested in the case. What is interesting in this case, is that one HA member is accused of having used his club vest to intimidate the restaurant owners. In Sweden the Law haven't been able to decide how use of club clours to intimidate should be punished. Trial is still going on.



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Holy Harleys! What’s happened to our hard bikie’s nose for fashion?
3rd August 2006, 14:00 WST

With designer jeans, flame-red trainers matched perfectly to a figurehugging, long-sleeve top and stylish ‘bling’ sunglasses, WA’s highest profile bikie looked like he should have been strutting down a catwalk — not away from Perth Magistrate’s Court.

Coffin Cheater Troy Mercanti, above, looked anything like a member of an outlaw bikie gang when he faced court yesterday on a charge of carrying an unlicensed handgun. Clean-shaven and trim, he was a far cry from the hardened image pioneered by his mentor Eddie Withnell, right.

Gone was the unofficial bikie uniform of dirty denim, studded belt, heavy motorcycle boots and beerstained T-shirt finished off with a well-worn lumberjack shirt or leather jacket.

Most of the time Mr Mercanti doesn’t even ride a Harley-Davidson and for a long time could be seen cruising Perth in the smooth, airconditioned comfort of a $60,000 Mercedes Benz.

The 38-year-old eats in some of Perth’s finest silver service restaurants and lives in that most middle class of Perth suburbs — Duncraig.

His lawyer, Laurie Levy, told Perth Magistrate’s Court yesterday that a charge of carrying an unlicensed firearm should be stayed on the grounds of abuse of process.

The charge relates to the bloody Northbridge nightclub clash in which Mr Mercanti was stabbed.

Mr Mercanti was remanded on bail to appear again on October 12.
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Quebec seeks return of man who says he's a bikers' hitman
ALEX DOBROTA

With a report from Associated Press

TORONTO -- Canadian authorities have asked Switzerland to extradite a Quebec man who claims to have carried out as many as 26 homicides in Canada on behalf of outlaw bikers.

Gérald Gallant, 56, from the town of Donnacona, near Quebec City, was arrested in his hotel room in Geneva in May.

He was charged with credit-card fraud.

He is expected to land in Quebec on next Monday, sources told The Globe and Mail.


While in police custody in Geneva, Mr. Gallant admitted to a series of homicides for the Hells Angels biker gang.

He claimed to have carried out these crimes during the 1990s, sources said. At the time, Quebec was in a state of open war between the Hells Angels and a rival gang, the Rock Machine.

The Hells Angels were notorious for killing their rivals one by one.

The largest mass killing occurred in September of 1995, when the Rock Machine tried to plant a bomb at the clubhouse of a Hells-Angels-affiliated gang. They were spotted and their bomb went off, killing three Rock Machine supporters.

Other casualties included two prison guards and an 11-year-old boy who was hit by shrapnel from a car bomb in August of 1995.

Quebec provincial police plan to charge Mr. Gallant in connection with only one homicide, Constable Manon Gaignard said.

Police and government officials refused to say for the record whether Mr. Gallant is the man facing extradition from Switzerland.

The Department of Foreign Affairs provided consular services to a man in Swiss custody, Ambra Dickie of the ministry confirmed, but would not elaborate.

Mr. Gallant has no known history of run-ins with the law, sources told The Globe.

Rudolf Wyss, a justice official in Switzerland in charge of international legal assistance, confirmed to the Associated Press that the Canadian extradition request "specifies in detail a murder and an attempted murder."

The extradition request also mentions that the suspect is being sought in connection with "about 20" further killings, Mr. Wyss said, adding that the man has agreed to his extradition.

Mr. Wyss would not comment on the allegations, saying: "In an extradition request, we never check whether the allegations are true or not. We rely on the information provided to us by the Canadian authorities.

"The deciding factor in our decision to extradite was the detailed information on one of the cases."

A veteran crime reporter with a Montreal newspaper suggested the extradition could serve as a way for Mr. Gallant to dodge the fraud charges. Switzerland punishes fraud with lengthy jail terms, said Pierre Richard, who has covered the courts beat for the Journal de Montréal for 30 years.

Mr. Richard said it is quite common for Quebec police to broker deals with biker gang members. "In Quebec, we have already given [fake] identities to killers," Mr. Richard said.

News of Mr. Gallant's alleged past came as a surprise to the little community of Donnacona, which is also the site of a maximum-security federal penitentiary, the town's mayor, André Marcoux said.

During the 1990s, Mr. Marcoux worked as an investigator with the provincial police major crimes unit. He said he knew of Mr. Gallant as part of his job, but refused to say more.

As a resident of Donnacona, Mr. Gallant was a rather quiet man, Mr. Marcoux said.

"It was a person who had very few relations here. He was cycling around. He was keeping a low profile."

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Biker gang violence reappears at rally

CARSON WALKER
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STURGIS, S.D. - Biker gangs have made the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally a violence-marred affair in the past.

The rally, which draws about half a million people each August to the Black Hills in western South Dakota, has since gotten older, laid-back and more diverse.

This year, gunshots about 75 miles away reminded attendees about the gangs. Authorities said two men affiliated with the Hells Angels shot and wounded five Outlaws Motorcycle Club members in Custer State Park earlier this week.

Suzanne Church, who has ministered to biker gang members at Sturgis since 1997, said she hopes there's no more violence.

"We hate to see people die and go to hell," she said.

The rally attracts bikers of all walks of life, who ride throughout the Black Hills, a patch of forest and valleys 100 miles long and 50 miles wide on South Dakota's western edge. Sturgis, a town of about 7,000, is on the northern edge of the Hills, while Custer State Park is in the south.

Some Hells Angels members own land near Sturgis, so the gang has a presence at every rally, said Jim Bush, Sturgis police chief. Law enforcement officers knew that hundreds of Outlaws members planned to gather at a rented southern Hills campground, Bush said.

The Outlaws are one of the nation's four largest motorcycle gangs, along with the Hells Angels, Pagans and Bandidos. The Outlaws have chapters in 20 states, Europe, Canada and Australia.

A posting on its Web site said law enforcement agencies were informed of the group's plans to attend Sturgis.

It said: "We are not going there to makes any type of statement, or display of power. We are simply going there to enjoy the Sturgis venue, see the historical sights and spend time with our Brothers."

Authorities have their own term for the gangs.

"We classify these organizations as crime syndicates," said Bernard Zapor, special agent in charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives field office in St. Paul, Minn.

The last major violence involving motorcycle gangs during the Sturgis rally was in 1990, when a Sons of Silence member shot an Outlaws gang member during a bar brawl in which two other Sons of Silence members were stabbed.

"They have not changed," Bush said of the major gangs. "They're as organized and involved in crime as they ever have been."

It was one of only a few major rally-related incidents of violence, Bush said. The only other gang arrests have been three or four members picked up for unrelated crime, he said.

"They usually get along pretty good," Bush said.

In Tuesday's shooting, Chad John Wilson, 30, of Lynnwood, Wash., and John James Midmore, 32, of Valparaiso, Ind., face five counts of attempted first-degree murder. A judge set bond Thursday at $5 million each.

One victim was still in critical condition at Rapid City Regional Hospital on Thursday. Another was in stable condition at a Sioux Falls hospital, said Sara Rabern of the South Dakota Attorney General's office.

On Main Street in Sturgis, a few people wearing Hells Angels vests and T-shirts were spotted at the 66th annual rally, which ends Sunday.

The gang runs a vendor table that sells club pins, T-shirts, bumper stickers and other items. None of three men staffing the table wanted to discuss the shooting. A worker at a tattoo shop down the street that the gang runs also refused comment.

Jim Vlahakis, state Division of Criminal Investigation director, said more than 300 Outlaws members representing 119 different chapters have been seen in the area, along with 80 to 100 Hells Angels members.

Vlahakis said authorities plan to meet with the two gangs to "try to head off any potential problems" but had not done so as of Thursday.

Officers were prepared to respond to gang violence, Bush said, adding that eventual retaliation is likely.

"It may not happen here," Bush said. "It could happen a month from now" somewhere else.

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Witness: Suspects argued first, then gunshots and screams followed (eyewitness photos)
Shootout in Black Hills happened as children swam in nearby lake
By DAN HAUGEN AND NESTOR RAMOS
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A man who witnessed Tuesday's gun battle at Custer State Park said two men climbed out of a pickup and began arguing with a group of bikers.

Then, at least seven gunshots rang out as children swam in a nearby lake, Leslie Howard told the Argus Leader.

Howard, of Davenport, Iowa, was at a campsite across the road from the shootout.

After the gunshots he ran to the front of the campground, he said, and saw men and women in a parking lot injured and heard them screaming.

Then, Howard said, he saw the shooters speed away in a white Ford F-150 pickup truck.

In the first major violence at the Sturgis Rally in 16 years, the shootout appears to involve the fueding Outlaws and Hell's Angels motorcycle gangs.

Five people affiliated with the Outlaws were wounded in Tuesday's shootout. Two are in critical condition.

A suspect, Chad John Wilson, 30, is a confirmed Hell's Angels member from the Seattle suburb of Lynnwood, Wash., South Dakota Attorney General's spokeswoman Sara Rabern said.

Wilson and John James Midmore, 32, of Valparaiso, Ind., are in custody this morning, Rabern said.

It's not known whether Midmore is associated with any biker gangs, she said.

Gov. Mike Rounds said state officials heard before the Sturgis Rally there had been “bad blood” between the two groups.

“We beefed up enforcement out there” in preparation for the rally, Rounds said today during a visit to the Sioux Empire Fair.

A story on Sunday in the Kansas City Star said police in South Dakota had heard the Outlaws were calling all of its members to Sturgis. Jim Bush, the Sturgis police chief, told the paper there may be 400 or 500 Outlaws members at this week's rally.

Fritz Clapp, a lawyer for Hell’s Angels, said today the motorcycle club would have no comment.

Both suspects will likely make initial court appearances Thursday morning in Rapid City, said Tracy Kelley, Custer County state’s attorney.

A white pickup truck pulled into a parking lot at the Legion Lake Resort at Custer State Park, and two men began firing handguns at a group of motorcyclists, Custer County Sheriff Rick Wheeler said.

Officers then fanned out over the area looking for the pickup, and a helicopter spotted it from the air. It had been abandoned by the suspects.

Around 11 p.m., an off-duty park ranger saw the men along a highway near Stockade Lake, Wheeler said.

A flurry of agents from state, federal and local agencies then descended onto the area and arrested Wilson and Midmore without incident, authorities said.

The two were taken into custody about four miles from where the white pickup truck was abandoned, Wheeler said.

Rabern said there were five shooting victims and another injury related to the incident.

Two of the victims are in critical condition after undergoing surgery early this morning in the Rapid City area.

Another victim was flown to Sioux Falls and is in stable condition.

Three others were treated and released, Rabern said.

Members of several motorcycle gangs from across the country have gathered in the Black Hills for the annual Sturgis Rally.

“The victims were either gang members or associates of gang members,” said Division of Criminal Investigation Director Kevin Thom.

In a statement posted on the Outlaws' Web site before the Sturgis Rally, the club says its members are not going to Sturgis to make any statements or "display of power."

"This year it was decided that we would have our summer run at the Sturgis event. The federal law enforcement agencies were informed of our plans to attend months in advance," the statement said.

"We are not going there to makes any type of statement, or display of power," it continued. "We are simply going there to enjoy the Sturgis venue, see the historical sights and spend time with our Brothers."

Midmore has never been charged with a crime in South Dakota, according to state court records.

Wilson was arrested Aug. 12, 2005, in the northern Black Hills for passing a vehicle on his motorcycle in the same lane, court records state. He pleaded guilty and paid a $50 fine.

Wheeler planned to visit with members of the Outlaw gang today, he said. He said there are concerns violence could flare-up again if the suspects are confirmed as members of another motorcycle gang.

"Obviously, there's going to be some tension, and we're going to be aware of it," Wheeler said. "I'm sure that we're going to beef up things a little bit."

The last major violence involving motorcycle gangs during the Sturgis rally was in 1990, when an Outlaws gang member was shot by a rival Sons of Silence member in a bar brawl in which two other Sons of Silence members were stabbed.

Argus Leader reporter Megan Myers, metro editor Jeff Martin and the Associated Press contributed to this story. For continuing coverage, check with argusleader.com throughout the day and see Thursday's Argus Leader.

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Bikie charged over nightclub shooting

August 17, 2006 03:51pm
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A MAN charged over a nightclub shooting in Sydney's Kings Cross is believed by police to be the leader of an outlaw bikie gang.

Two men underwent surgery after being shot in the legs at a nightclub in Darlinghurst Road in the early hours of Sunday, March 26.

After long-running investigations, detectives from Strike Force Pittstone raided a home in Marrickville shortly after 12.30pm (AEST) yesterday, police said.

During the search police said they found two replica pistols and a bullet-proof vest.

A 41-year-old man who police allege is the national president of an unidentified outlaw motorcycle gang was arrested at the scene and charged with a string of offences, including acting with intent to pervert the course of justice.

He was refused bail and was due to face Newtown Local Court later today.
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Bandidos hearing scheduled for 2007 UPDATED: 2006-08-19 01:50:28 MST


By JANE SIMS, SUN MEDIA


LONDON, Ont. -- A preliminary hearing into the deaths of eight Bandidos bikers -- one of the worst mass slayings in Ontario history -- may start in January.

That appears to be the plan after yesterday's brief court video appearances by seven of the eight people charged after eight men were found shot to death and stuffed into vehicles Apr. 8 near Shedden.

Wayne Kellestine, 57, Frank Mather, 32, both of Dutton-Dunwich, Brett Gardiner, 22, of no fixed address, and Michael Sandham, 35, Marcelo Aravena, 30, and Dwight Mushey, 38, all of Winnipeg, are facing eight counts of first-degree murder.

Eric Niessen, 45, of Dutton-Dunwich is charged with accessory after the fact.

All of them were ordered to return to court Sept. 8, to set the January hearing date, including the eighth person, Kerry Morris, 46, of the Monkton area, who is also charged with accessory and is out on bail.

She wasn't required to attend yesterday's proceedings.

The dead men were all associated with the Bandidos motorcycle club.

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Motorcycle gang member gets 3 years in prison for firearm

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A man described by prosecutors as a regional enforcer for the motorcycle gang the Outlaws was sentenced Monday to 3 years in federal prison for possession of a firearm by a felon.

Billy Ray Chambers, 32, of Louisville, was also sentenced to 2 years of supervised release.

Chambers pleaded guilty in May and admitted to having a Mossberg 12 gauged shotgun and ammunition.

Chambers previously had been convicted of wanton endangerment in the first degree in Jefferson Circuit Court and burglary in the third degree pursuant.

Another member of the Outlaws, Richard Stoops, was sentenced in May to 2 years in prison after pleading guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. A third gang member, Edward D. Morris, faces sentencing in September after pleading guilty to with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm are pending against fourth man, Richard F. Fischer.

The Outlaws are one of the nation's four largest motorcycle gangs, along with the Hell's Angels, Pagans and Bandidos. The Outlaws have chapters in 20 states, Europe, Canada and Australia.

An undercover agent from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives infiltrated the Louisville Outlaws by posing as a probate member of the club, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Louisville said.

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Bandidos man arrested over bombings

21st September 2006

Police in southwest Sweden have a man in custody in connection to the two car bombings that destroyed several cars in Gothenburg on Tuesday and Wednesday.

“The man in custody was taken in a police raid yesterday at a Bandidos meeting place,” Malin Sahlström, police spokeswoman, told The Local on Thursday morning. “He is 32-years-old and is not originally from Sweden. He is being held in connection to both bombings.”

Sahlström said the Bandidos gang was originally a motor bike gang, but now deals in drugs and black mailing. She said the driver of the taxi that had a grenade put under its back tire on Tuesday was a former witness during a trial against a Bandido member early this year. That particular member was put in jail.

She said the car blown up on Wednesday was owned by a 40-year-old man in the restaurant business who also has a connection to the gang. She could not give more details due to the ongoing investigation.

The 32-year-old in custody can be held until Saturday. A judge will have to have the man remand in custody for any additional holding.

“We have completed the technical investigation,” said Sahlström. “Now we are looking to see what happened and are trying to get more witnesses. We hope this will end now, but we are not sure about that.”


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21-9-06

Police in southwest Sweden investigating two car bombings which happened on consecutive days in Gothenburg this week say they’ve arrested a leading member of a motorcycle gang for allegedly orchestrating the explosions.

No one was killed in the two explosions, which police said were retaliations from the biker gang Bandidos against a taxi driver and a man in the Gothenburg restaurant industry.

Both explosions were caused by someone placing a hand grenade behind a tire on the parked cars that detonated after the vehicles backed up.

The Bandidos leader, who was not identified by name, was arrested Wednesday night after a car exploded near a central square in Sweden’s second-largest city, setting fire to several other vehicles parked nearby. Police said the driver of the car suffered only minor injuries.

On Tuesday, a taxi blew up in a Gothenburg suburb, but the driver - who police said had testified against Bandidos in a recent trial - escaped unharmed.
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Sweeping raids target bikers
500 officers involved in pre-dawn sweep
Sep. 28, 2006. 03:17 PM
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The Hells Angels, some of whom are seen attending the funeral Sept. 13 of William Lavoie of Peterborough, were the target today of raids across the province by OPP and local police forces.


Hells Angels biker clubhouses across southern Ontario were hit with pre-dawn raids by heavily-armed paramiltary police units today in the culmination of an 18-month undercover operation.
The sweeping raids, organized by the Ontario Provincial Police, targeted members of the Greater Toronto Area Hells Angels and Vagabond biker clubs.

Charges laid include drug trafficking, weapons, counseling to commit murder and various criminal organization offences, the OPP said today.

Police are expected to release more details tomorrow about the operation, dubbed Project Tandem.

Vehicles, weapons and illegal drugs were seized in the operation, which included more than 20 tactical police units and some 500 police officers.

Aside from biker clubhouses, the raids also hit a West End health club on the Queensway, where some 20 people were questioned.

The OPP said that dozens of outlaw motorcycle gang members from across the province were arrested.

A Hells Angels spokesperson was not available for comment today.

Police forces involved include Toronto, Barrie, Durham, Halton, Hamilton, Niagara, Peel, RCMP, Windsor Police Service and York.

The Hells Angels have dramatically expanded in Ontario in the last six years. In December, 2000, a massive "patch-over" ceremony took place in which old Ontario clubs like the Satan’s Choice, Para-Dice Riders, Lobos and The Last Chance were suddenly absorbed into the Angels.

The Vagabonds, who have a clubhouse on Gerrard St. E. near Woodbine Ave., are a longstanding Toronto club. The Vagabonds did not join in the massive migration to the Angels.

The Greater Toronto Area has the highest concentration of Hells Angels clubhouses in the world, with a downtown chapter on Eastern Ave., as well as in Toronto West, Toronto East, North Toronto, Niagara Region, Woodbridge, Richmond Hill, Oshawa and Toronto North and Simcoe County.

There are some 190 Hells Angels belonging to 16 chapters across Ontario, an increase of five chapters and about 25 members from five years ago. The largest Hells Angels chapter in Canada is located on Eastern Ave., with three dozen members.

There are 33 Angels chapters and roughly 500 full members nationwide.

Police estimate the rival Bandidos have less than 20 members in Ontario and Manitoba, after a massacre last April in Shedden outside London, in which eight gang members were killed.

Bandido member Wayne Kellestine of Dutton, near London, has been charged with the slayings.

Police say outlaw biker gang members deal illegal steroids, hash, cocaine, crack and ecstasy, and also profit from extortion, tractor-trailer theft, money-laundering, exotic dancing and telemarketing fraud.

In an interview after the Shedden murders, Donnie Petersen, a Hells Angels spokesman and member of the Toronto chapter, said the Angels have been blamed for many of society’s woes.

"We’re an industry to many people, something to make a living off of," he said at the time. "Any society needs a boogeyman."
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Ont. government seizes Hells Angels clubhouse in Whitby a day after arrests

Published: Friday, September 29, 2006
TORONTO -- One day after police arrested 15 Hells Angels, the Ontario government has seized one of the outlaw motorcycle gang’s clubhouses in Whitby, Ont., the Canadian Press has learned.

Attorney General Michael Bryant says the biker clubhouse (at 487 Ortono Ave.) in Whitby, east of Toronto, was seized under the Civil Remedies Act, and could be sold off.

Bryant says the law allows his office to freeze, seize and forfeit proceeds of unlawful activity, and does not require criminal charges to be laid beforehand.

He says the seizure is not related to Project Tandem, the multi-force operation by police that resulted in Thursday’s arrests of Hells Angels members in Ontario.

Bryant couldn’t answer any specific questions about the clubhouse seizure because the case is still before the courts.

He says the court order to seize the Angels’ property is the first of its kind in Canada, and the case will be back before an Ontario Superior Court judge in Whitby on Monday.

Ontario used a similar order to seize and take over a former crack house in downtown Hamilton, which Bryant turned over to the city this week.

Asked if more biker clubhouses could be targeted, Bryant said he couldn’t predict how the law would be used in future.

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Informant blows lid off Hells Angels

27 arrested after 18-month probe
By Paul Legall
The Hamilton Spectator
Toronto (Sep 30, 2006)
Police have dealt a major psychological blow to the Ontario Hells Angels by recruiting one of its trusted members as an undercover informant.

The unidentified biker, who is in hiding, fed police inside information during an 18-month investigation that targeted six of Ontario's 16 Hells Angels chapters. He was the first full-patch Hells Angels in Canada to betray the Big Red Machine, which puts prospective members through a tough probationary period before admitting them to its inner ranks.

At a news conference in Toronto yesterday, police described how the probe, dubbed Project Tandem, wound up Thursday with the arrest of 27 bikers. Police seized almost $1 million in crime-related property and cash, including jewellery, 10 vehicles and five motorcycles, over $470,000 in Canadian and U.S. currency, and cocaine, marijuana, ecstasy and methamphetamine.

They arrested 14 full-patch Hells Angels and 12 associates and a member of the Vagabonds biker gang.

The charges against them include conspiracy and counselling to commit murder, drug trafficking, weapons-related offences and offences under the new anti-gang laws. A Hamilton resident was among those arrested.

Biker expert Guy Ouellette says recruiting a Hells Angel as an informant is a "a major blow in Ontario."

"It's like having a virus inside the organization," Ouellette said from Montreal. "They need faith and trust within the organization. People will be asking themselves, 'Can I trust this guy? Will he be working for the police?'"

Although the informant hasn't been identified, Ouellette believes he had to be a high-ranking biker because of the kind of information he provided. Ouellette suspects he will reveal the internal workings of the criminal organization when he takes the witness stand.

He added Ontario bikers can no longer try to portray themselves as just a bunch of fun-loving motorcycle enthusiasts now that one of their own is talking to the police.

At yesterday's news conference, OPP Superintendent Don Bell said the informant continued to work undercover inside the Hells Angels until three days ago. He attended secret meetings and other functions while feeding information to the police.

He decided to turn police informant after his fellow bikers tried to recruit him to commit two contract murders, said Bell, who used to head up the Biker Enforcement Unit (BEU).

He wouldn't identify the intended victims. But in a news release yesterday, police stated they charged Steven Vincent Deal, 29, with counselling to commit murder in connection with a plot to kill a Peterborough resident.

They also charged Remond Akleh, 44, of Cobourg, and Mark Cephes Stephenson, 43, of Sutherland, with conspiracy to commit murder in relation to another murder plot in Maple.

Three full-fledged members of the Niagara chapter, including president Gerald (Skinny) Ward, 58, and three associates were arrested. The chapter was established in 2001 under the direction of Hamilton Hells Angel Walter Stadnick.

A founding member of the Niagara club, Ward faces charges of instructing and commission of offences for a criminal organization, drug trafficking, possession of the proceeds of crime and possession of a restricted weapon and ammunition.

Halton and Hamilton police participated in a Joint Forces Investigation along with 13 other agencies and arrested a number of outlaw bikers.

Hamilton resident Martin O'Boyle, 38, an associate of the Windsor Hells Angels, is facing numerous drug-related charges in connection with the seizure of three kilograms of cocaine in the parking lot of an Oakville community centre. He's a former Oakville resident.

Craig McIlquahan, 36, also a Windsor Hells Angels associate, faces drug and gun offences after police seized a loaded handgun and illegal drugs at his Chancery Lane home in Oakville.

Police found more guns, ammunition and drugs at a home on Pelee Boulevard in Oakville. They charged Giuliano Raimondo, 34, with drug and weapons offences and Cathleen Meeking, 29, with numerous drug offences. Raimondo is an associate of the Windsor chapter and Meeking lived in the home.

Police found drugs and a loaded handgun during a search of a home on Glen Hampton Road, Oakville, where they charged Mark Rizek, 36. He lived in the home and is an associate of the Windsor Hells Angels.

Bell said the investigation also revealed they're involved in the burgeoning crystal methamphetamine trade in Ontario. Known by the street name "ice," the drug is highly addictive and could replace crack cocaine as the drug of choice on the street.

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Bandidos president gets 20-month sentence
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October 11, 2006

Hells Angels racketeering trial collapses in Las Vegas
By KEN RITTER
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LAS VEGAS (AP) - The federal racketeering trial of 11 Hells Angels motorcycle club members was poised for collapse Wednesday after six defendants pleaded guilty to reduced charges in a parallel state criminal case stemming from a deadly casino brawl.

U.S. District Court Judge James Mahan sent the federal jury home Wednesday morning, allowing the defendants to go to Nevada state court to plead guilty to felony battery or challenge to fight charges that, for most, carry the possibility of no more than 2 1/2 years in prison. Murder and attempted murder charges were dropped.

Mahan scheduled an afternoon session in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas at which the same six defendants were expected to plead guilty to reduced federal charges of battery in aid of racketeering, defense lawyers said. All federal charges were to be dropped against the other five defendants now standing trial and 31 whose cases were pending.

The government had charged racketeering attempted murder, weapons and conspiracy stemming from the deadly fight inside a casino between Hells Angels and rival Mongols biker gang members at a 2002 motorcycle rally in Laughlin. Convictions on the most serious charges could have carried the possibility of life in prison.

The collapse of the federal case came after two weeks of trial during which defense lawyers accused government agents and prosecutors of flagrant misconduct and withholding crucial evidence.

Defense lawyers noted the settlement of the federal and state cases would clear the Hells Angels of federal claims that it constitutes a criminal enterprise like the Mafia.

"It's the individuals, not the club," said Peter Christiansen, representing Hells Angels member James Hannigan, 39, of Mountain View, Calif., said of the pleas. Hannigan declined comment outside Clark County District Court.

A spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's office in Las Vegas declined comment.

"The most significant fact is the Hells Angels motorcycle club has once again been found not to be a criminal enterprise," said lawyer David Chesnoff, who represents Calvin Schaefer of Chandler, Ariz.

Schaefer, 37, who is seen on casino surveillance videotapes shooting at Mongols, faces the stiffest sentence of the group - five years in federal prison.

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Hells Angel denied statutory release
Professed his loyalty to biker gang at hearing

PAUL CHERRY
The Gazette

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

A longtime member of the Hells Angels has been denied statutory release from prison because of his loyalty to the biker gang and because he is alleged to still be doing business while behind bars.

Claude Giguere, 45, was one of several Hells Angels arrested in Operation Springtime 2001, the police investigation that shut down the gang's elite Nomads chapter.

While he wasn't a member of the Nomads, Giguere was, and still is, a member of the gang's Trois Rivieres chapter. He was snared in the 2001 roundup because investigators found evidence he purchased large quantities of cocaine and hashish from the Nomads' highly organized drug-trafficking empire.

When police sorted out the Nomads' coded accounting software, they linked Giguere to an account labelled "Macho," his Hells Angels nickname.

Within months of his arrest, Giguere pleaded guilty to drug trafficking and gangsterism. He received an eight-year sentence, one of the longest among the 51 people linked to the Nomads chapter through its accounting.

But it appears Giguere followed the "business as usual" motto even while serving time for the past five years.

According to a National Parole Board report released this week, Giguere "co-ordinated and supervised" the entry of drugs into a penitentiary where he was held until 2003. The drugs were smuggled in through the penitentiary's laundry area by inmates indebted to Giguere.

Giguere was also suspected of having accomplices send him drugs packed in arrows and tennis balls that were tossed on to the grounds of the penitentiary.

This summer, Correctional Service Canada alleged Giguere was smuggling large quantities of cigarettes into his penitentiary through his work at its arts and crafts shop.

The parole board report does not name the prisons.

At his hearing last week, Giguere told the three parole commissioners who heard his case that he intends to remain a Hells Angel when he is released.

The commissioners decided that if Giguere maintains his affiliation with the gang, he is at high risk of reoffending before his sentence ends in 2009. Giguere was ordered to remain incarcerated beyond his statutory release date, Feb. 23, 2007, the two-thirds mark of his sentence.

Less than five per cent of inmates are kept behind bars beyond their statutory release date.

The parole board is required to review the decision within a year.

pcherry@thegazette.canwest.com

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Article below can be found at http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/stor...9bc75ab&k=33288.

Hells Angel fugitive extradited to U.S. for trial

Catherine Solyom
CanWest News Service; Montreal Gazette

Friday, November 10, 2006

MONTREAL - He twice evaded the Montreal police once by escaping from a local hospital, the second time by posing as a mild-mannered businessman living in Costa Rica.

But notorious Hells Angels biker Richard Vallee has failed to dodge the long-arm of the U.S. justice system, which will soon try him for the car-bombing of a government informant back in 1993.

On Thursday, the Supreme Court of Canada announced its decision not to hear Vallee's appeal of a lower court's decision to extradite him to New York, after a nine-year delay.

Hours later he was on a one-way flight to Albany, N.Y., where he will be spending his 49th birthday today in a U.S. jail.

''We are ready, willing and anxious to have the trial start,'' said Assistant United States attorney William Pericak from Albany, who will be the prosecutor in the case. ''We've been waiting for this day for years now. We waited patiently and are very pleased by the job done by the Canadian Department of Justice and the (Quebec provincial police) for facilitating it.''

Vallee, who at the peak of his career was president of the Trois Rivieres, Que., chapter of the Hells Angels, was initially arrested in 1997 for the murder of Drug Enforcement Agency informant Lee Carter, whose Porsche was bombed in the border town of Rouses Point.

Carter was set to testify against Vallee, who had been indicted the previous year for international drug trafficking.

But while Vallee was at St. Luc Hospital for medical attention, he managed to escape and wasn't seen or heard from for the next six years.

It was apparently homesickness that brought him back to Quebec after a stint in Costa Rica, and into the arms of police in 2003, who arrested him for driving under the influence and possession of a prohibited weapon.

Still Vallee, who had changed his hair colour, length and style, and grown a beard since his first arrest, managed to convince police he was Guy Turner, owner of a scuba diving school, and was released with a promise to appear in court at a later date.

It wasn't until the next day, when fingerprint analysis was complete, that Montreal police realized they had had Richard Vallee- and let him go.

Vallee was on the U.S. Marshals' 15 most wanted list when he was arrested again one week later, coming out of a massage parlour in downtown Montreal. He has been fighting extradition ever since.

Montreal Gazette

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Police arrest member of Black Pistons gang


The Ottawa Citizen


Sunday, November 12, 2006


Ottawa police arrested and charged a Black Pistons motorcycle gang member with weapons-related offences on Friday. Greg Brown, 42, of Ottawa, has been charged with eight offences, including possession of a loaded firearm, possession of a weapon obtained by crime and unauthorized possession of a restricted firearm. "We received some information that there was a gun on the premises," said Sgt. John Medeiros. According to police, a warrant was executed about 1 p.m. at the Lorne Avenue building, where a loaded black Browning handgun, ammunition, about two ounces of marijuana and contraband cigarettes were seized. The Black Pistons are a puppet motorcycle gang that work for the Outlaws. They have about 15 members in two Ontario clubs in London and South Simcoe, as well as clubs in the United States, Great Britain, Germany, Norway and Belgium. The Black Pistons have a history with drugs, guns and extortion.



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