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Wednesday, 1 October 2008

Steven Gault was a full member of the Hells Angels when he agreed to work as a paid police agent between the spring of 2005 and fall of 2006.

Steven Gault was a full member of the Oshawa chapter when he agreed to work as a paid police agent between the spring of 2005 and fall of 2006.Among those selling drugs to Gault were Brian (Block) Jeffrey, 50, president of the Simcoe County Hells Angels chapter, Gerald (Skinny) Ward, 60, a founding member of the Niagara Hells Angels, and Terry Pink, 41, president of the Simcoe County chapter.Jeffrey, Ward and Pink each pleaded guilty yesterday in the University Ave. courthouse to an assortment of drug trafficking charges, but vigorously denied charges that they committed the crimes for the benefit of the Hells Angels.Ontario Superior Court Justice John McMahon heard arguments from defence lawyers and prosecutors on whether the drug deals were for the benefit of the biker club.Pink's lawyer, Joseph Bloomenfeld, said there is no evidence the drug deals were connected to his client's Hells Angels membership any more than it might be for the Kinsmen. If Kinsmen members get together for a business deal that has nothing to do with their membership, "is it in association with that organization?" he asked the judge.The judge reserved his decision. Federal prosecutor Tom Andreopoulos argued that the drug dealing "had everything to do with the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club," adding that members were expected to give 10 per cent of criminal proceeds to the club.
Ward is accused of directing five other members and associates of the Hells Angels to deliver about 4 kilograms of high-grade cocaine to Gault.During the time he was a paid police agent, Gault wore a hidden recording device to let police listen in as he bought drugs from Hells Angels from across the GTA and southern Ontario.
In total, he bought 2 kilograms of pure crystal methamphetamine, 10 kilograms of cocaine, 50,000 pills of ecstasy, 8 kilograms of marijuana and a kilogram of hashish, as well as a pistol, according to evidence released yesterday.In one secretly recorded conversation, Jeffrey and Gault discuss a Peterborough drug dealer, who used to employ Gault as a debt collector."I remember you wanted to kill him a few years ago," Jeffrey said, laughing."Yeah," Gault replied.
"That was a (expletives) situation," Jeffrey continued.
Marco Freitas, 29, also pleaded guilty to selling drugs to Gault. Freitas, who was not a Hells Angel, admitted selling Gault 8,000 pills of ecstasy worth $55,000.
The men were charged two years ago in a massive police operation called Project Tandem, involving 500 officers from 11 forces.One of the documents filed in court is the transcript of an interview between Gault and a police officer, in which Gault said someone has to be "criminally solid" to be a Hells Angel.Asked what that meant, Gault replied it meant a candidate for membership has "never turned another in to the police."In another conversation, Gault told Ward how it hurt all members when one of them was arrested. "If you're busted as a Hells Angel it hurts me to begin with," he said.
"We're all brothers," Ward said in another conversation with Gault.

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