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 Hells Angels in Ontario, Canada
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Posted: Jul 30 2007, 08:27 AM


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HA in Niagara Chapter in Ontario, Canada, Faces 6 Years

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http://torontosun.com/News/Canada/2007/07/...379284-sun.html

July 30, 2007

Hells Angel loses 6 years -- and bike
By JACK BOLAND, SUN MEDIA

A member of the Hells Angels Niagara chapter who sold a kilo of cocaine and a restricted handgun and ammo to another member of the bike gang who was acting as a police agent has pleaded guilty and faces a 6-year jail term.

Richard Beaulieu, 52 -- one of 24 people arrested in September after an 18-month multi-jurisdictional police investigation of the Hells Angels -- pleaded guilty Thursday to trafficking a kilo of cocaine, a .44-Magnum Ruger Redhawk revolver and 12 rounds of ammo to the unnamed Oshawa Hells member who turned informant.

As part of Beaulieu's sentence he must also hand over his new Harley Davidson motorcycle, a shotgun, Hells colours and club paraphernalia....

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QUOTE (antimafia @ Jul 30 2007, 08:27 AM)
HA in Niagara Chapter in Ontario, Canada, Faces 6 Years

Link to article about this topic, along with part of the article itself, appears below:

http://torontosun.com/News/Canada/2007/07/...379284-sun.html

July 30, 2007

Hells Angel loses 6 years -- and bike
By JACK BOLAND, SUN MEDIA

A member of the Hells Angels Niagara chapter who sold a kilo of cocaine and a restricted handgun and ammo to another member of the bike gang who was acting as a police agent has pleaded guilty and faces a 6-year jail term.

Richard Beaulieu, 52 -- one of 24 people arrested in September after an 18-month multi-jurisdictional police investigation of the Hells Angels -- pleaded guilty Thursday to trafficking a kilo of cocaine, a .44-Magnum Ruger Redhawk revolver and 12 rounds of ammo to the unnamed Oshawa Hells member who turned informant.

As part of Beaulieu's sentence he must also hand over his new Harley Davidson motorcycle, a shotgun, Hells colours and club paraphernalia....

Link to article about this topic, along with part of the article itself, appears below:

http://www.wellandtribune.ca/webapp/sitepa...sif=News%20Live

Hells Angels member gets six years behind bars
Tribune Staff
Local News - Monday, July 30, 2007 Updated @ 5:28:22 PM

TORONTO

[snip]

An agreed statement of facts presented to the court told how Beaulieu had been involved with a Oshawa Hells Angels member turned police informant.

On Feb. 23, 2006, Beaulieu agreed to sell to the fellow biker one kilogram of cocaine worth $38,000 and a $400 handgun with ammunition.

Both met at Seaway Mall at about 3 p.m. that same day to make the exchange. Beaulieu delivered 1,148 grams of cocaine and a .44-calibre Ruger Redhawk revolver with 12 rounds of ammunition.

The informant returned to police handlers with the drugs, gun and ammo.

The informant was instructed to purchase cocaine from Beaulieu as second time.

On Aug. 11 he met with Beaulieu at the Hells Angels clubhouse on Darby Road, in rural east Welland, where he traded a motorcycle for 283 grams of cocaine.

The cocaine was delivered by Beaulieu to the informant three days later in a meeting on Highway 20, the statement of facts said....
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Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs Keep Threatening Civil Servants in Ontario, Canada

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http://www.thestar.com/News/article/254423

Although not mentioned by name, the Hells Angels appear to be behind the threats to the Attorney General of Ontario and prosecutors for the province of Ontario.

Security upped as bikers menace Bryant, lawyers

September 08, 2007

Peter Edwards
Richard Brennan
staff reporters

Increasingly aggressive outlaw biker gangs have threatened Attorney General Michael Bryant and provincial prosecutors and forced the government to tighten security at the Attorney General's downtown office on Bay St.

The threats have progressively increased since the successful prosecution of Hells Angels bikers in a landmark extortion trial in Barrie in 2005, the Star has learned.

The trial concluded with the Hells Angels being labelled a criminal organization, which means its members face an additional 14 years of prison time if prosecutors can prove a crime was committed for the benefit of the Hells Angels.

Police and government sources said there has been a progressive increase in threats – and security – for Crown attorneys and government officials since 2005, and at least one Crown attorney has received several threats.

Bryant declined to comment, saying only, "It is not my practice to discuss security issues."....
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Posted: Jan 22 2008, 08:47 AM


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Toronto Hells Angels' Web site Missing...For Now

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http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/sto...tional/Ontario/

Hells Angels often-visited website nowhere to be found
TIMOTHY APPLEBY

With a report from Cassandra Drudi

January 22, 2008

Call it red, white and missing in action.

For more than a week, the often-visited website of the Toronto Hells Angels has been a no-show.

No paeans to freedom and denunciations of state power. No accounts of police malfeasance or messages of support for Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan. No generously endowed biker chicks cavorting at picnics.

Until earlier this month, Real Deal News, the lively cyberspace voice of the Angels' biggest Canadian chapter, was updated so regularly it was almost akin to a wire service, chock-a-block with items of interest to its readers.

Now, at least for the moment, it's gone.

But where?

[snip]

The site's disappearance, however, may prove temporary.

All last week, would-be visitors were advised it was not available.

Then, yesterday morning, the ghost of Red and White Inc. - the company in whose name Real Deal is registered - reappeared, stating it is now registered with Vancouver-based Webnames.ca., a domain name registrar and Internet service provider.

There is still no biker-related content, just a bland menu of generic consumer and lifestyle topics....

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QUOTE (antimafia @ Jan 22 2008, 08:47 AM)
Toronto Hells Angels' Web site Missing...For Now

Link to article about this topic, along with part of the article itself, appears below.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/sto...tional/Ontario/

Hells Angels often-visited website nowhere to be found
TIMOTHY APPLEBY

With a report from Cassandra Drudi

January 22, 2008

Call it red, white and missing in action.

For more than a week, the often-visited website of the Toronto Hells Angels has been a no-show.

No paeans to freedom and denunciations of state power. No accounts of police malfeasance or messages of support for Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan. No generously endowed biker chicks cavorting at picnics.

Until earlier this month, Real Deal News, the lively cyberspace voice of the Angels' biggest Canadian chapter, was updated so regularly it was almost akin to a wire service, chock-a-block with items of interest to its readers.

Now, at least for the moment, it's gone.

But where?

[snip]

The site's disappearance, however, may prove temporary.

All last week, would-be visitors were advised it was not available.

Then, yesterday morning, the ghost of Red and White Inc. - the company in whose name Real Deal is registered - reappeared, stating it is now registered with Vancouver-based Webnames.ca., a domain name registrar and Internet service provider.

There is still no biker-related content, just a bland menu of generic consumer and lifestyle topics....

Link to article about this topic, along with part of the article itself, appears below.

http://torontosun.com/News/TorontoAndGTA/2...793147-sun.html

January 25, 2008

With many full-patch members in jail and their website closed, the Hells Angels are down -- but are they out?
By JOE WARMINGTON

Their east Toronto clubhouse is padlocked, empty and sitting in a state of vacant disrepair.

Some of their motorcycles have been seized, many full patch members are cooling their heels in jail and now their controversial website has been permanently closed.

But are the Hells Angels out of business? Even they don't deny they are down.

Time will tell if they are in fact out. Either way it's difficult to have sympathy for any alleged criminal organization with a history of violence.

Dozens of the members are up on criminal charges for drugs, guns and gang membership and unable to make bail. "Not a good time to be wearing the patch," said one insider. "The heat is on."

And has it ever been effective. Could it be the province and feds, utilizing tough new anti-gang legislation, have actually run the Hells Angels out of town without holding a trial or gaining a conviction? Well, with the Hells Angels fighting all of these moves in court, the game is not yet over. But the government seems to be winning.

The fact they can use a person's association as a component of their case has a bunch of full patch members in detention for the past 10 months -- with no freedom in sight.

One of them is Doug Myles, a 51-year-old paralegal by day and father of three by night who calls himself a bike enthusiast and who has never had a criminal record.

It doesn't matter. He was v-p of the local Hells Angels chapter and was caught up in the giant bust. "All I want is a fair trial that anybody else would get," he said. "I have no skeletons in my closet."

In an interview over the phone from the Toronto West Detention Centre yesterday, he said he has been offered a plea bargain that would land him more than a decade in prison.

"We know the game. They are trying to sweat us out," he said. "And I am not saying we are the Boy Scouts. I know there are some bad boys. But you could say the same thing about the Catholic Church or the police force. We are all being painted with the same brush."

He believes when the process comes to an end, he will be exonerated. But he might be sitting in the can for years before that happens.

Is the public okay with this? Is justice delayed, justice denied or are the authorities right with this throw-the-book-at-them manner? Does the end justify the means?

One of the Hells Angels lawyers, Lenny Hochberg, doesn't believe it does.

'TUG OF WAR'

"When it comes to the Hells Angels, there are a different set of rules that apply," he said. "The Crown's goal is to destroy the Hells Angels in Ontario. The club is trying to prevent that from happening. It's a tug of war. . . In the end the province may weaken the club, but that allows other less stable, more violent clubs to grow and prosper."

But the public wanted the biker issue dealt with. It is now being dealt with -- with a hammer. Few have sympathy for anybody associated with the Hells Angels -- just like they have zero compassion for people belonging to a terrorist group....
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Hells Angels Clubhouse in London, Ontario, Seized

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http://lfpress.ca/newsstand/News/Local/200...23/6241591.html

Police seize biker clubhouse
Home owned by Robert Barletta, who police say is a Hells Angel

By JOE BELANGER, SUN MEDIA
Wed, July 23, 2008

The single-storey, white and red-trimmed home at 14 Swinyard St., near the police reporting centre on Bridges Street at Egerton Street, was seized around 6 a.m. by members of the OPP-led Biker Enforcement Unit and Asset Forfeiture Unit, whose members come from police forces across the province, including London.

It's the third Hells Angels clubhouse seized by the unit over the last few years, the others being Thunder Bay and Oshawa.

The home is owned by Robert Barletta, whom police describe as a full-patch member of the London chapter of the Hells Angels.

No one was inside the building when police arrived.

Barletta — whose family has owned the Beef Baron, which Barletta has managed — could not immediately be reached for comment.

[snip]

By 9:30 a.m., a contractor hired by police was on the scene measuring windows for boarding while police officers took notes about the property, which is painted in club colours with the logo on a front porch railing. The home is equipped with security cameras on each side.

[snip]

In 2002, London police seized the clubhouse of the Outlaws motorcycle club a few blocks north on Egerton Street between Florence and Dundas. That home was seized under a federal criminal law relating to property alleged to have been used for criminal activity. That seizure is still before the courts.

Murphy said the Thunder Bay clubhouse was eventually turned over to the municipality after a successful court battle.

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QUOTE (antimafia @ Aug 9 2008, 09:27 PM)
Hells Angels Clubhouse in London, Ontario, Seized

Link to article about this topic, along with part of the article itself, appears below.

http://lfpress.ca/newsstand/News/Local/200...23/6241591.html

Police seize biker clubhouse
Home owned by Robert Barletta, who police say is a Hells Angel

By JOE BELANGER, SUN MEDIA
Wed, July 23, 2008

The single-storey, white and red-trimmed home at 14 Swinyard St., near the police reporting centre on Bridges Street at Egerton Street, was seized around 6 a.m. by members of the OPP-led Biker Enforcement Unit and Asset Forfeiture Unit, whose members come from police forces across the province, including London.

It's the third Hells Angels clubhouse seized by the unit over the last few years, the others being Thunder Bay and Oshawa.

The home is owned by Robert Barletta, whom police describe as a full-patch member of the London chapter of the Hells Angels.

No one was inside the building when police arrived.

Barletta — whose family has owned the Beef Baron, which Barletta has managed — could not immediately be reached for comment.

[snip]

By 9:30 a.m., a contractor hired by police was on the scene measuring windows for boarding while police officers took notes about the property, which is painted in club colours with the logo on a front porch railing. The home is equipped with security cameras on each side.

[snip]

In 2002, London police seized the clubhouse of the Outlaws motorcycle club a few blocks north on Egerton Street between Florence and Dundas. That home was seized under a federal criminal law relating to property alleged to have been used for criminal activity. That seizure is still before the courts.

Murphy said the Thunder Bay clubhouse was eventually turned over to the municipality after a successful court battle.

Link to article about this topic, along with part of the article itself, appears below.

http://www.chathamdailynews.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1144219

Seizure makes outlaw bikers nervous: analysts
Posted By RANDY RICHMOND, SUN MEDIA

Aug 6, 2008

The seizure of a suspected Hells Angels clubhouse in London will do little to chill criminal activity in the city, say two noted biker analysts.

[snip]

"The police may have a lot more they are going after. This makes the bikers a little nervous," said James Dubro, author of several books about organized crime in Canada.

"As much money police can take away, the better for police." Even so, the loss of a clubhouse won't stop outlaw bikers from doing their business for the time being, he said.

[snip]

The seizure may do biker investigators more harm than the bikers, said Yves Lavigne, an author who has specialized in detailing the rise of the Hells Angels in Canada.

"Clubhouses are not used to commit crimes," he said. "They are for socializing."

The socializing gives police a great opportunity to watch bikers come and go, and prospective bikers, who often stand guard outside, Lavigne said.

Taking a clubhouse gives police a public relations coup, but little else, he said. "It is all smoke and mirrors."....
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Hells Angel from Welland gets 8 years

Posted By KARENA WALTER
15-10-2009

A Welland resident and member of the Hells Angels will spend the next seven years in jail for trafficking the “date-rape drug” and cocaine in the Toronto area.

Zavisa Drecic, 45, of Buchner Road, was sentenced to eight years in prison Wednesday in a Toronto courtroom. He was credited a year for pretrial custody and restricted bail conditions.

Drecic, a former member of the Niagara Hells Angels, had been transferred to the Woodbridge chapter of the gang when he was swept up in a provincewide police crackdown in 2007.

Project Develop was an OPP-led investigation into the gang that used one of its members as an informant. Drecic was one of 31 people arrested in pre-dawn raids on April 4, 2007, in Ontario, British Columbia and New Brunswick.

He spent 30 months under house arrest at his Welland home.

Drecic, who facilitated drug transactions through a third party, pleaded guilty to three counts of trafficking illegal substances, but not guilty to trafficking in association with a criminal organization.

He was found guilty of the criminal association charge earlier this month.

Prosecutor Tanit Gilliam said Drecic brokered a $500 deal via a third party on May 16, 2006, for 279 grams of gamma hydroxybutyrate acid (GHB), commonly referred to as the date-rape drug. On May 25, 2006,, he facilitated the sale of 136 litres of GHB for $25,000.

On Sept. 22, 2006, he sold a kilogram of cocaine for $29,500 and one kilogram of ephedrine for $1,500. He also sold a kilogram of cocaine on Feb. 1, 2007, for $36,000.

Two other locals arrested during Project Develop have already been through the courts.

Kevin Skuta of Welland was sentenced in May to five years and nine months in jail after pleading guilty to trafficking more than 100 litres of GHB and trafficking a kilogram of cocaine.

Nicola Nero of Niagara Falls is currently serving nine years for selling cocaine to a police informant while on bail for stealing $2.7 million from an armored car in 2003.

Drecic is the third Niagara resident to be found guilty of criminal organization charges for his role with the Hells Angels.

Gerald Ward and Kenneth Wagner of the Niagara chapter of the Hells Angels were arrested in 2006 as part of another OPP biker enforcement unit operation, Project Tandem.

Ward was sentenced in March to 14 years, minus five years for pretrial custody, for trafficking cocaine and instructing people to commit crimes for a criminal organization.

His right-hand man, Wagner, was the first person in Ontario to be convicted of the organization charge in October and was sentenced to 11 years in prison.
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Hells Angels acquitted on organized crime charges
By Betsy Powell, The Star.Com
Monday, July 4, 2011

Six weeks after a jury found the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club not to be a criminal organization, prosecutors announced Monday they will not try the three remaining defendants on the ill-fated gangsterism charges.

Crown attorney Faiyaz Alibhai told court the prosecution has decided to call no evidence to support the charge that Donald (Donny) Petersen, Vincenzo Sansalone and Omid Bayani committed offences for the benefit of a criminal organization.

Alibhai asked Superior Court Justice Robert Clark to acquit the men, who entered pleas of not guilty.

“You’re free to go, sir,” Clark told Petersen, a former Angels spokesman, who faced only the one count.

“I’m happy to be acquitted by a jury of my peers,” an elated Petersen said after walking out of the courtroom. “The Hells Angels are not a criminal organization.”

Sansalone and Bayani still face a charge of conspiracy to traffic GHB, the date rape drug. The judge-alone trial is scheduled to begin Tuesday.

Following a six-month trial, a jury acquitted Larry Pooler, Lorne Campbell, Douglas Myles, John Neal and Mehrdad Bahman of belonging to a criminal organization.

Neal, president of the downtown Toronto chapter, vice-president Douglas Myles and Bahman were convicted of trafficking GHB. Campbell was found guilty of one count of cocaine trafficking and Pooler convicted of possessing a restricted firearm.

All were arrested four years ago after high-profile raids across Ontario that saw police officers smash through the bikers’ former downtown Toronto clubhouse on Eastern Ave.

The Crown and defence lawyers severed the defendants into two groups and agreed Petersen, Sansalone and Bayani would be bound by whatever the jury decided on the issue of whether they belonged to an organized crime group.
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Three arrested after Hells Angel shot in London, Ont.
The Canadian Press, Thursday, January 12, 2012

LONDON, Ont. — London's police chief is downplaying fears that a dispute between two rival biker gangs has spilled onto the streets of the southern Ontario city.

Chief Brad Duncan says there is no information to connect a shooting and several recent fires with the Hells Angels and Outlaws motorcycle clubs.

A Hells Angels member is in serious condition after he was shot early Wednesday morning near a house on Grey Street where bikers are known to meet.

A woman also shot in the incident has been treated and released from hospital.

Three people were arrested after the shooting incident and police are searching for a fourth suspect.

Over the weekend, fires were set at a tattoo parlour linked to the Outlaws and two massage parlours and a strip club that are connected to the Hells Angels.

Also on Wednesday morning, a body rub parlour tied to the Hells Angels was set ablaze in nearby St. Thomas.

Police say all of the fires are being investigated as arsons.

"Over the past several days there has been much speculation that the current situation is connected to a dispute between the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club and the Outlaws Motorcycle Club," the police chief said Wednesday.

"There is no information at this time to support such an assumption."

Duncan said the male victim has had "ongoing issues" with some local street gangs who are also known to police. He also pointed out that the shooting happened in a residential area near a school.

"We will not tolerate this open display of violence and we will work diligently to prevent further acts of violence," he said.
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Drug trade lit powder keg

TURF WAR: This week’s arsons and shooting trace back to street gangs being squeezed to sell drugs to the Hells Angels, sources say

By Randy Richmond, The London Free Press
January 12, 2012

The turf war that's led to fires and shootings in London has been brewing for several weeks and involves a street gang run by an outlaw biker, sources told The Free Press.

The war has also sent at least one prominent Hells Angels member into hiding and led to threats against two other tattoo parlours, sources said.

Sources identified the street gang as the FU Crew, and the leader as a biker connected to the Outlaws motorcycle club.

The dispute first flared up, several sources said, with the burning of a vehicle belonging to the biker running the street gang and escalated into the fires at massage parlours and a strip club, and the shooting of two people Wednesday.

Police refused to confirm or deny any of the information, but did say their investigation is focusing on three of the street gangs in the city.

The FU Crew is one of seven street gangs identified by police Thursday in response to media questions.

Although the danger of the street gangs has come under the spotlight this week, the gangs have been growing in power for the past two years, said sources close to the city's crime scene.

"Kids are driving BMWs from selling drugs," said one source. People from Toronto "are coming in, and all these street gangs are selling drugs for them."

Many full-patch, older outlaw bikers have homes and businesses that make them more vulnerable to threats, a source said.

"These young kids don't care about anything. They have a false sense of immortality," he added.

That assessment was shared by biker analyst Yves Lavigne, author of several books on organized crime.

"These gangs are very dangerous," he said. "There are different levels of gangs. If the police are giving you the names of seven, they must be the high rollers. These are the guys with guns and contacts with guys from outside London with access to the drugs," Lavigne said.

Three men in their mid to late 20s, two from London and one from Toronto, are charged in connection with the Wednesday shooting.

A battle between street gangs and the Hells Angels, not a traditional biker war between that club and longtime rival Outlaws, is behind the recent violence, police said this week.

But the Outlaws are involved in some way. This week's violence began with a fire to an Outlaws-owned tattoo parlour Saturday morning, continued with fires to two massage parlours and a Hells Angels-owned strip club Sunday morning, and the shooting of a Hells Angels member and his friend, as well as another massage parlour fire in St. Thomas, Wednesday morning.

According to non-police sources, the dispute began when Hells Angels member Diamond Ialenti - shot Wednesday morning outside the Hells Angels clubhouse - began leaning on street gangs in London to start selling drugs for the Hells Angels.

As the street gangs resisted, someone burned a vehicle belonging to the Outlaws-connected man running the FU Crew, sources said.

If this information is correct, that could explain how the Outlaws got mixed up in a war police say is between the Hells Angels and street gangs.

As the turf war over the drug trade grew, two east-end tattoo parlours were threatened, one owned by a well-known Hells Angels member, sources said.

"(He's) been gone for weeks," one source said of that Hells Angels member. "He left because of all the sh-- coming down. A lot of the H.A.s have left."

Both of the tattoo parlours were closed yesterday, despite signs saying they should be open, and the one owned by the Hells Angels member appeared abandoned.

The dispute began with Ialenti, but now involves the entire club, including high-ranking member Rob Barletta, who owns the strip club damaged by fire, sources said.

Barletta is a former president of the London Hells Angels chapter. It's not clear what rank Ialenti holds in the club.

He came to the attention of police at an early age, charged at 18 in 1995 with causing willful damage for a Devil's night melee. Six years later, he was charged with breaking court orders after being found in the Hells Angels clubhouse, then on York St.

In 2009, Ialenti was back in court again, this time after being found in a car with a loaded handgun and hockey bag of marijuana. He pleaded guilty to possession of a loaded handgun and possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking, and got less than a year added to the time already served.

The week of violence in London comes just before one of three Friday the 13th Port Dover biker rallies this year.

Norfolk County Mayor Dennis Travale said he's been keeping an eye on the situation in London, but wasn't worried about any gang problems in Port Dover Friday.

"Historically we don't get gang activity," Travale said.

There will be the normal presence of police on hand, he said.

"Everyone can be assured that any Friday the 13th event has its fair share of police and other enforcement agencies in attendance. They may not be that noticeable to the passing public, but they will be here."
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Hells Angels boss admits having drugs
By Andrew Seymour, Ottawa Citizen
April 11, 2012

A Hells Angels boss spared his girlfriend a potential criminal record and prison sentence Tuesday, admitting instead he was the one who possessed nearly a quarter of a kilogram of cocaine found in her purse on the front seat of his vintage Cadillac Deville.

Paul "Sasquatch" Porter pleaded guilty to possessing the 248.1 grams of cocaine - otherwise known as a "nine pack" on the street - for the purpose of drug trafficking. The cocaine had a street value of about $14,000.

The surprise guilty plea means Porter, the imposing president of the elite Hells Angels Ontario Nomads chapter, will likely be sentenced at a September sentencing hearing to two years in prison.

Drug charges against his girlfriend, Debbie Brennan, are expected to be withdrawn at that time.

Federal prosecutor Pam Larmondin said police found the drugs in Brennan's purse after stopping the pair in Porter's 1964 Cadillac Deville on Sept. 12, 2009.

Officers from the Biker Enforcement Unit and Ottawa police drug section had Porter under surveillance after receiving a tip that Porter was going to be picking up cocaine from a house on Navan Road, Larmondin said.

They followed him from a Gilbey Drive residence to the Navan Road property. Porter and Brennan were inside the Navan Road house for just four minutes before returning to the car.

They were pulled over on Innes Road and the drugs were seized.

Porter told police following his arrest the drugs were his, but police charged his girlfriend anyway.

Before court began, Porter's Montreal lawyer Mario Burelle asked a prosecutor if the charges against Brennan could be dropped immediately after his client's plea.

Burelle said Porter offered up his word he wouldn't back out, but the Crown said Brennan's charges would only be dropped once Porter is formally sentenced. They instead agreed to eliminate all but one of Brennan's release conditions following the guilty plea.

The plea was unexpected, since at Porter's last court date just before Christmas, it appeared his lawyer would argue that his confession wasn't voluntary.

Porter and prosecutors reached a joint recommendation for a two-year prison sentence, but agreed to put the sentencing hearing over until Sept. 7 because of Porter's health concerns. Porter will remain out of custody until then, but must abide by several strict conditions.

Porter, who earned the nickname Sasquatch due to his six-foot-seven height and at former 400-pound frame, was looking noticeably slimmer in court Tuesday. He has reportedly lost at least 100 pounds.

Porter politely declined to comment outside court following the plea.

Born in 1963, Porter is a survivor of a bloody biker war in Quebec in the 1990s that claimed 160 lives, including that of an 11-year-old boy. He is originally from Montreal

He was a close friend of Maurice "Mom" Boucher, the Montreal Hells Angels boss now serving three life sentences in prison for killing civilians in a campaign to destabilize Quebec's justice system.

Porter broke with Boucher and became a founding member of the rival drug gang the Rock Machine, which waged the 1990s' biker war against the Hells Angels.

In late December 2000, Porter orchestrated a mass defection of more than 160 rival outlaw bikers to his archrivals the Hells Angels, securing him the powerful position of president of the Ontario Nomads, a key chapter in the international crime corporation.
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Stepson of Hells Angels member pleads guilty to drug trafficking
By Andrew Seymour, The Ottawa Citizen, April 27, 2012

The stepson of a full patch member of the Hells Angels pleaded guilty Friday to conspiring to traffic cocaine and marijuana for the benefit of a criminal organization.

Daniel Levesque, 25, was arrested in September after a year-long drug investigation targeting Ottawa’s cocaine trade dubbed Project Finale that resulted in more than a hundred charges against a dozen people. That included Levesque’s stepfather, Michael Clairoux, a member of the Hells Angels Ontario Nomads.

At the time of the arrests, police said the investigation was launched after a criminal organization allegedly tried to expand its drug turf with violence on the streets of Ottawa, delivering severe public beatings to criminal rivals.

Police said they seized more than $172,000 worth of drugs and a further $150,000 in cash and other assets as a result of the investigation.

In addition to the conspiracy and criminal organization charges, Levesque pleaded guilty to possessing a prohibited homemade .32 calibre handgun and ammunition. Levesque also pleaded guilty to possessing the proceeds of crime.

The criminal organization Levesque pleaded guilty to being involved with was run by him, and not Clairoux, court heard. Clairoux, 38, is still facing criminal charges.

Levesque is expected to be sentenced July 9.
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