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Saturday, 29 November 2008

Seven members of the Outlaws motorcycle gang were jailed today for life for murdering a Hell's Angel.

The entire South Warwickshire chapter of the Outlaws was sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court after being convicted of shooting Gerry Tobin as he rode along the M40 on August 12 last year.Seven members of the Outlaws motorcycle gang were jailed today for life for murdering a Hell's Angel.Two shots were fired at the 35-year-old biker from two different handguns as he returned to his London home from the Hell's Angel Bulldog Bash festival in Warwickshire.One of the bullets skimmed the base of Mr Tobin's helmet, lodging in his skull and killing him instantly.During the seven weeks of evidence, the jury was told that the mechanic was targeted by the rival gang simply because he was a "fully-patched" Hell's Angel.Rivalry between the gangs originated in the late 1960s when a series of brutal murders took place in north America.Simon Turner, 41, from Nuneaton, Warwickshire, was given a minimum term of 30 years for murder and two firearms offences.Coventry man Dane Garside, 42, received a minimum 27 years for the same charges.Sean Creighton, 44, from Coventry, will spend a minimum of 28 years and six months in prison after pleading guilty to murder and two firearms charges.Malcolm Bull, 53, from Milton Keynes, was sentenced to a minimum of 25 years in prison for murder and possessing a shotgun.Dean Taylor, 47, from Coventry, will spend at least 30 years in prison for the same charges.Karl Garside, 45, from Coventry, was given at least 26 years and Ian Cameron, 46, also from Coventry, received at least 25 years for murder.
Sentencing, Mr Justice Treacy told the defendants: "This was an appalling murder. A totally innocent man was executed with a firearm in broad daylight on a busy motorway for no reason other than that he belonged to a different motorcycle club than yours."Gerry Tobin was a person with his own work life, his own social life, his own private life, none of these lives, which he enjoyed, was entitled to continue to enjoy, in any way impinged upon your lives."Gerry Tobin was a decent man of good character."He was a total stranger to you."The utter pointlessness of what you did makes his murder more shocking."Mr Justice Treacy described how the life of Mr Tobin's fiancee, 26-year-old Rebecca Smith, had been "utterly changed" by their actions.He said: "She had hoped to marry him, have a family life with him, to have children with him."
He added that Mr Tobin's parents had found it difficult to come to terms with the fact that their only son had been "cold-bloodedly executed".

The judge added: "None of you has showed the remotest feeling, consideration or remorse for what you did.
"This dreadful crime, in my judgment, falls into a particularly high category of seriousness because it involved the use of a firearm and because of its cold-blooded and ruthless nature."He said the "scouting" carried out by the defendants was done with "murder in your hearts".About 100 members of the Outlaws motorcycle gang waited outside while the sentencing hearing took place.Dozens of armed police officers patrolled the court precinct.During the trial against six of the defendants, the jury was told that Creighton and Turner, the gang's president and sergeant-at-arms, were in a Rover car when they pulled up alongside Mr Tobin's Harley-Davidson and opened fire.The court heard that the fatal shot was fired as both Mr Tobin and the two gunmen sped along the M40 at about 90mph.The shooting followed three days of "scouting" by all seven men.Dane Garside, a lorry driver and father of seven, was at the wheel of the Rover and manoeuvred the vehicle so that the fatal shot could be fired.Three other defendants - Karl Garside, Taylor and Cameron - acted as "back-up" on the day of the murder, patrolling the M40 in a white Range Rover.Bull, driving a Renault Laguna, was also in the area when Mr Tobin fell victim to the "military-style" operation.Mobile telephone evidence proved that the occupants of the Rover contacted the "units" in the Range Rover and the Renault and ordered them to stand down moments after the murder.All seven men returned to the Coventry area and the Rover was set alight in a country lane north of the city.At the beginning of the hearing, the court was told that police received intelligence of a possible attack on Malcolm Bull while he was inside the dock.
The judge ruled that all seven defendants must be handcuffed as he passed sentence.Opening the case against Creighton, who pleaded guilty on the first day of the nine-week trial, Timothy Raggatt QC told the court his plea had been had been a "tactical" one.He said Creighton, accepted by the court as the gunman who fired the fatal shot, had been disguising his appearance in the days leading up to the killing.
When police arrested him in Coventry on August 22 last year, a dummy was recovered - believed to have been used for target practice, the court heard.Mr Raggatt said: "It may not be that it was a matter of chance that the shot that killed Mr Tobin, if it was fired by Creighton, was not just a lucky shot - it may have been a shot he had been practising for some time."
He added that Creighton, thought to be the president of the South Warwickshire chapter of the Outlaws, was "a central figure and a leading light", both in the motorbike gang and the murder plot."This was a meticulously planned operation and central to this planning was Mr Creighton," he said.Mr Raggatt said Mr Tobin, from Mottingham, south London, was "beyond question an innocent victim", adding: "Mr Tobin has been described in some quarters recently as Gentleman Gerry. That is a fair description.
"Mr Tobin was a man of good character in a positive sense and all of those who gave statements who knew him attested to that fact.
"He was not only an obvious target but an easy target in the sense that he was not surrounded, as some might have been, by his colleagues.
"He was in that sense not only a prime target but also a soft target."

Thursday, 27 November 2008

Rebels Club President, 39-year-old Nickolas Martin and Sergeant At Arms of the Rebels, 43-year-old Errol Munro made no application for bail.

Rebels Club President, 39-year-old Nickolas Martin and Sergeant At Arms of the Rebels, 43-year-old Errol Munro made no application for bail. They appeared on charges including causing grievous bodily harm and deprivation of liberty.
They were remanded in custody to appear at a later date. Police arrested six people, including four members of the motorcyle gang, following a lengthy investigation into the club's activities.

Dean Taylor, 47, was found guilty by a unanimous verdict of killing biker Gerry Tobin of Mottingham,

Dean Taylor, 47, was found guilty by a unanimous verdict of killing biker Gerry Tobin of Mottingham, south-east London, who was shot dead on the M40 motorway in Warwickshire in August last year.The jury at Birmingham Crown Court, which is still considering the case against two other men accused of murder, also found Taylor guilty of possessing a shotgun.The Crown alleged that Taylor, a divorcee who ran a motorcycle supplies outlet in Coventry, took part in "scouting" for a target prior to the fatal shooting.He told the court that he knew nothing about the murder and had refused to speak to police because of "club rules".Jurors, who have been deliberating for seven days, have already convicted three other members of the Outlaws biker gang of the murder of mechanic Mr Tobin.Simon Turner, 41, from Nuneaton, Warwickshire, and Dane Garside, a 42-year-old from Coventry, were found guilty of the killing and possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life on Monday.Malcolm Bull, a 53-year-old road sweeper from Milton Keynes, was found guilty of murder and possessing a shotgun on Tuesday.The remaining defendants, who each deny murder and possessing a shotgun, are Karl Garside, 45, and Ian Cameron, 46, both from Coventry.Mr Tobin died almost instantly when he was shot as he rode along the M40 at about 90mph on August 12 last year. The trial has been told that he was targeted simply because he was a "fully-patched" Hells Angel by members of the Outlaws' South Warwickshire chapter. A seventh defendant, 44-year-old Coventry man Sean Creighton, pleaded guilty to murder and firearms charges before the trial began.

Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Simon Turner, 41, from Nuneaton, and Dane Garside, found guilty today of murdering a Hell's Angel who was shot dead on the M40.

Two members of a biker gang were found guilty today of murdering a Hell's Angel who was shot dead on the M40. Simon Turner, 41, from Nuneaton, and Dane Garside, a 42-year-old from Coventry, were also convicted by a jury at Birmingham Crown Court of possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life. The jury is still considering its verdicts on four other men who deny murdering Gerry Tobin, who was shot in the head near Warwick Services in August last year. Turner, who told the court that he was at a workshop in Coventry at the time of the killing, was also unanimously convicted of possessing two shotguns which were found in the city following the murder.
Garside admitted during the eight-week trial that he was the driver of the Rover car from which Mr Tobin was shot, but denied playing any role in the killing. Mr Tobin, a mechanic from Mottingham, south east London, was returning from the Bulldog Bash bikers' festival when he was shot as he travelled along the M40 at around 90mph on 12 August last year. The trial has been told he was targeted simply because he was a "fully patched" Hell's Angel by members of the rival Outlaws motorcycle gang.

Sunday, 23 November 2008

cleared a Hells Angels member and a club prospect still face conspiracy charges that could result in life sentences

cleared a Hells Angels member and a club prospect of attempted murder charges, both men have been freed from jail.But they still face conspiracy charges that could result in life sentences if convicted. Their lawyer Friday lashed out at prosecutors for pursuing those charges, calling the plan "despicable."Hells Angel Chad Wilson, 33, of San Diego, and prosect John Midmore, 35, of Valparaiso, Ind., were found not guilty of attempted murder in the Aug. 8, 2006, shootings of five members of the rival Outlaws at Custer State Park.One day after the verdict was read, little is known about the jury members involved in the trial. They will remain anonymous because of a new law that went into effect Nov. 1. And while the feud between the Hells Angels and Outlaws probably will continue, it's unlikely to resurface at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally again, law enforcement officers say.Prosecutors said they still plan to try both men on a more serious charge of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, which carries a punishment of life in prison if convicted. Lawyers have until Dec. 10 to submit legal briefs on whether that would be double jeopardy.
Defense lawyer David Kenner said if there's no attempted murder, there can be no conspiracy."I think this is a despicable act by the state," he said of the decision to keep the charge alive.Wilson also has an immigration hold and probably will be deported to Canada, said Custer County State's Attorney Tracy Kelley, one of the prosecutors in the case.The Outlaws and the Hells Angels have long been rivals and have violently clashed several times. Thursday's verdict in Sioux Falls probably will not change that, said Robert Boland, resident agent in charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Sioux Falls."I can't predict the future, but I don't anticipate this is the end of anything between these two groups," he said.But South Dakota and the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally would be unlikely locations for further violence between the two gangs, Boland said. Violence is more apt to occur in places where the two gangs have overlapping territory, he said.
"These two groups don't claim (South Dakota) as part of their territory," Boland said.Since March 2006, violence between the Hells Angels and Outlaws has escalated, mostly because of the expansion of Outlaws' activity in states controlled by the Hells Angels, according to an FBI intelligence bulletin issued a few months before the Custer State Park shootings.The bulletin, filed in a federal court case, said "a potential war" may be developing between the two groups.It also singled out the 2006 Sturgis Rally as a possible site for violence."The two most significant upcoming summer events that could lead to violence are the HAMC World Run in July 2006 and the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in August 2006," the bulletin states.Wilson and Midmore's case also was unusual among the two groups because the Outlaws are infrequent participants at Sturgis rallies, Boland said. The Outlaws have shown up in significant numbers only twice, in 1990 and 2006, he said. The FBI report said leaders of the Outlaws ordered members to attend Sturgis in 2006, threatening them with $500 fines and possible demotions in rank if they didn't show up.Most years, though, the Outlaws "don't typically come out west anyway," Boland said. "We don't anticipate them coming back anytime soon."The Hells Angels, however, regularly have a large presence at the rally, he said.
"We have concerns about the Hells Angels all the time. That's a constant," Boland said.If jurors felt intimidated, rule keeps that a secretA new rule that took effect Nov. 1 will protect the identities of jurors who acquitted the men in the Sioux Falls trial.From the start, prospective jurors in the case expressed fear of revenge.
During jury selection, one prospective juror expressed concerns whether "one or the other gangs would take revenge on jurors. Another said "They, I'm sure, stick together. They might seek revenge."However, the new rule may have a downside as well. Without knowing who the jurors are, it's not possible to find answers to a key question: Did fear of retaliation influence their decision?The South Dakota Supreme Court this year decided that all records created during jury selections should be closed to the public unless the trial judge rules otherwise. The rule was partly the result of concerns about identity theft and fears of someone trying to embarrass jurors for the way they answered questions.
Judge Gene Kean on Friday denied an Argus Leader request for names of the jurors in the biker trial, said Court Administrator Karl Thoennes.

Saturday, 22 November 2008

Hells Angels attempted murder trial brought nearly two dozen motorcycle club members into a Sioux Falls courtroom

The bikers are gone but at its peak, the Hells Angels attempted murder trial brought nearly two dozen motorcycle club members into a Sioux Falls courtroom. It also brought extra security to the Minnehaha County Courthouse.
And, even with the not guilty verdict, the Sheriff is calling the case a success.
When Hells Angels members swarmed the Minnehaha County courthouse, Sheriff Mike Milstead prepared for the worst. Minnehaha County Sheriff Mike Milstead says, "We always knew that if nothing happens we probably did too much. If something happened, somebody would probably say we didn't do enough, but I think we did the right level." On any given day Milstead says 12 different agencies were present in and around the courthouse in uniform and undercover. All the extra metal detectors, officers and patrols were all part of the plan to keep the peace.
Milstead says, "I wouldn't want to get into exactly how many there were, but I will say that you saw some of them, but not all of them. Certainly we were geared up as we felt appropriate to make sure that we'd have a safe environment for a trial."
Now that the trial is over, Milstead says his deputies and local law enforcement can learn from the security lockdown. Milstead says, "We've had a good experience here in operating certain systems and certain plans, and I think it will be beneficial for us in the long run." As for how much the three week trial cost the county, Milstead says they're still totaling up those bills. But, because the case was moved from Custer county all of the overtime, jail expenses and court costs will be sent to Custer county.

Thursday, 20 November 2008

Miller rides with the Redliners,fight then complete and total chaos, with men and women running in all directions and people screaming wildly

Belmont man treating his girlfriend to a late-night meal at Faneuil Hall Marketplace was beaten bloody with a hammer by two brawling brutes, one of whom Boston police suspect is a Hells Angel.The scene at the tourist hot spot just before 2 a.m. Sunday was “complete and total chaos, with men and women running in all directions and people screaming wildly,” according to an incident report.
The 28-year-old victim suffered serious head wounds when police say alleged outlaw biker Russell Miller Jr., 21, of Providence and William Giles, 21, of Sandwich, jumped him. In addition to a blood-soaked hammer, investigators recovered an open switchblade.Prosecutors allege Miller and Giles were fighting and fell into the couple as they walked by munching on sausages. When the couple protested, Miller and Giles allegedly turned their wrath on them.Police said Miller was wearing a black leather vest with an “81” patch - “significant,” they said, in identifying Hells Angels because the number 8 corresponds with the letter H, and the number 1 with A.
Miller claimed he rides with the Redliners, a motorcycle gang police said is an affiliate of the Hells Angels.

Sunday, 16 November 2008

We've executed a search warrant here at the Rebels Geelong clubhouse

Police are investigating the killing of Bandidos enforcer Ross Brand, 51, who was killed outside the Bandidos' clubhouse last month in a drive-by shooting. Another Bandido was injured in the shooting.Brand's killing is part of a brutal turf war between the two gangs. He was suspected of several attacks on Rebels members and their associates in the months before his death.
Police yesterday raided the Geelong headquarters of the Rebels motorcycle gang in the hunt for the killer of a member of a rival gang.Homicide detectives aided by Special Operation Group members searched the fortified property on a North Geelong industrial estate and later arrested two Rebels associates, a man, 34, at the clubhouse for firearms offences and a man, 25, at another address for a parole violation With a helicopter hovering, police went to the clubhouse, which has a metal plate with loopholes in place of a window, about 10.30am.The head of the homicide squad, Inspector Steve Clark, said: "We've executed a search warrant here at the Rebels clubhouse."One associate of the Rebels has been arrested in relation to firearms offences, and will be taken back to Geelong (police station) for interview and we've seized a number of items that will be examined over the coming week to see whether there's any association between those items and Ross Brand's murder."Inspector Clark said police seized ammunition at the clubhouse, but he would not specify what else had been taken away. He emphasised that both the men in custody had been arrested for offences "other than the murder of Ross Brand".
Other Rebels arrived at the clubhouse, next to a party hat shop, later in the morning but police allowed only one to enter. Detectives spent 20 minutes examining the four-wheel-drive in which the men arrived.Inspector Clark said there might be other raids this week."Outlaw motorcycle gangs are not renowned for co-operating with police, and this investigation has been no different," he said."Obviously there has been ongoing history between the two motorcycle gangs. We're hoping that our raid here will uncover some evidence that will lead to us solving the murder of Ross Brand."Clearly we're throwing a large number of resources at this particular investigation. We're hoping that that gives some comfort to the residents of Geelong, but the job of the homicide squad in relation to this matter is to solve our unsolved murder."Yesterday's raid follows revelations last week that CCTV footage of Brand's shooting showed two vehicles could have been involved.
Police believe the shots were fired from a white Toyota HiLux dual-cab utility. A white Hyundai Terracan station wagon could be seen outside the clubhouse 10 minutes earlier.

Friday, 14 November 2008

Nathan Frasier says he had a gun but did not shoot at two Hells Angels

Outlaws biker member from Michigan says he had a gun but did not shoot at two Hells Angels in 2006 at Custer State Park in South Dakota. Nathan Frasier of Grand Rapids, testified today at the Sioux Falls trial of Chad Wilson of Lynnwood, Wash., and John Midmore of Valparaiso, Ind.They're charged with trying to kill five Outlaws.But their lawyer has argued they fled to save their lives after Frasier and other Outlaws fired the first shots.Frasier disputed that, saying he and other Outlaws were walking in the parking lot when someone started shooting at them.Frasier says when officers took his gun he told them it had a 10-round clip, and he didn't fire a shot but acknowledged there were only nine bullets in a police photo of it.

Thursday, 13 November 2008

Sydney'sTurf war between Hells Angels and the Comancheros

Turf war between rival bikie gangs after three drive-by shootings and an arson attack on businesses in Sydney's south in recent months.
Detectives from NSW Police's gang and organised crime squads are investigating the string of incidents, which culminated in the firebombing of a Brighton-Le-Sands tattoo parlour last night.The store, Angel's Cosmetic Tattooing, was extensively damaged in the blaze that broke out when three men smashed in the front window about 11.30pm.Police say last night's attack is linked to two drive-by shootings at the Bay Street business - on June 24 and July 10 - as well as an attack on a tanning salon at nearby Rockdale later that night.Locals say the disturbances are part of a power struggle between rival gangs the Hells Angels and the Comancheros.Police today confirmed rumours, but stopped short of naming either gang."There is little doubt these incidents are part of a battle over turf between rival gangs," St George Local Area Commander Helen Begg said.Superintendent Begg said the incidents, including one drive-by shooting that occurred at 5pm, put members of the public at risk and would not be tolerated."These crimes will be aggressively investigated by strike force detectives," she said.Angel's Cosmetic Tattooing opened for business in September.
But a manager in a nearby business said trouble had been brewing in the suburb for some months, ever since the business owner applied to set up shop."When the application was approved that's when we thought there was going to be trouble," the woman, who did not want to be named, said.Since the store opened, up to six Comancheros members had taken to circling the block on their bikes in broad daylight on at least four separate Saturdays, she said."There's five or six of them and they circle like vultures," the manager said."There's a group of the Hells Angels standing out the front of the shop with their arms folded, looking tough.
"They wear their colour, their branded jackets, then the police come and drive around. It's like Keystone Cops," she said.

Timothy J. Silvia, an alleged member of the Brockton chapter of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club, and alleged partner Todd Donofrio of Stoughton

Timothy J. Silvia, an alleged member of the Brockton chapter of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club, and alleged partner Todd Donofrio of Stoughton showed up to pick up their cocaine in the parking lot of the Holiday Inn at Brockton's Westgate Mall in July 2007, they were in for a surprise. Instead of leaving with cocaine, they left in handcuffs.The dealer was an informant for the FBI, who had recorded numerous conversations with Silvia. Those conversations were detailed in an affidavit filed by an FBI agent.The 43-year-old Silvia last month pleaded guilty in US District Court in Boston to conspiracy with intent to distribute more than 5 kilograms of cocaine. He faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years, with a maximum of life, along with a fine of up to $4 million. Sentencing for Silvia, who is in custody and could not be reached for comment, has been scheduled for February. Donofrio's case is still in court.The arrest of Silvia, along with 13 members and associates of the Outlaws chapter in Taunton on separate drug charges, was part of Operation Roadkill, a two-year investigation by federal, state, and local police agencies into the motorcycle gang.The operation provided a glimpse into the workings of the Outlaws, an international gang that has been involved in numerous shootings and killings in the United States, particularly involving other gangs. The gang's motto is, "God forgives, Outlaws don't."The Brockton chapter operates from a house on Hunt Street, near Snow Park. The decrepit two-story building is covered with battered gray shingles. A sign on the tall fence surrounding the property announces "Outlaws parking only."The gang's logo, a skull on crossed pistons, adorns the fence. The locked fence gate is constructed from one sheet of heavy-grade metal, which looks as if it could resist a battering ram. Video cameras are mounted on a pole at a corner of the lot. No one responded during a reporter's recent visit.The sting operation started in March 2005, when the Boston office of the FBI, along with state and local police, targeted the Taunton chapter. (The gang also has a chapter in East Boston.)
An undercover officer infiltrated the Taunton chapter and developed a relationship with the chapter president, Joseph Noe. The agent's cover was that he was a "semi-legitimate businessman from Texas who visited Massachusetts on a monthly basis," according to an affidavit filed by FBI agent Timothy Quinn, who was the co-case agent on the investigation

Wednesday, 12 November 2008

Hassan "Sam" Ibrahim, the former head of the Parramatta chapter of the Nomads outlaw motorcycle gang, was released from Long Bay jail

Hassan "Sam" Ibrahim, the former head of the Parramatta chapter of the Nomads outlaw motorcycle gang, was released from Long Bay jail after being granted $200,000 bail.The 43-year-old was met at the gates by friends and family, including his younger brother, Kings Cross nightclub entrepreneur John Ibrahim.Ibrahim's lawyer Brett Galloway yesterday successfully applied for bail in Parramatta Local Court. The application was not opposed by police.As part of Ibrahim's bail conditions, he must not associate with any Nomads or attend any Nomads clubhouse. He would live with either his mother or his wife, with whom he planned to reconcile, Mr Galloway told the court.Last month, Ibrahim and two other Nomads, including national president Scott Orrock, were acquitted in the District Court over an alleged shootout at Islington, in Newcastle, in 2004.He still faces 11 weapons and property charges over a police raid of his Parramatta unit in December, 2006, when he was arrested by gangs squad detectives over the Islington shooting.According to court papers, Ibrahim was found in possession of a number of weapons including a .22 calibre five-shot revolver, and 223 rounds of ammunition, including 75 rounds of .45 calibre ammunition. He is also charged with having a ceramic bullet-resistant vest which was stolen from NSW Police.Police also allegedly uncovered a "walking stick sword", nunchuks and an illegal poker machine.Last week, Ibrahim told the court he planned to plead not guilty to the charges. He is due to face Parramatta Local Court again on December 22.Since he has been in prison, the Nomads Parramatta chapter was disbanded following a firebombing of the club's Granville clubhouse.His release follows last month's shooting murder of a long-term family friend, nightclub security manager Todd O'Connor, in Tempe.

Monday, 10 November 2008

Detectives have arrested a total of 12 people, and seized 17 firearms, more than $100,000 in cash, three Mercedes Benz motor vehicles, a transit van,

Detectives have arrested a total of 12 people, and seized 17 firearms, more than $100,000 in cash, three Mercedes Benz motor vehicles, a transit van, Honda wagon, and drugs with an estimated potential street value of more than $500,000. Detectives also seized stun guns, batons, ballistic vests, knuckle dusters, machetes, illegal knives, and handcuffs. Investigation for the alleged manufacture of illicit drugs in New South Wales by people alleged to be members and associates of Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs, as well as the alleged trafficking of illicit drugs between New South Wales and South Australia. Co-ordination between NSW State Crime Command’s Gangs Squad, Australian Crime Commission and South Australian Police resulted in the arrest of six people in Adelaide on Thursday 6 November.Subsequent search warrants were conducted by South Australian Police at three locations including Enfield, Blair Athol and Adelaide CBD. Police located and seized three sawn-off shotguns, two .22 calibre rifles, a pen-gun, two batons, prohibited knives, capsicum spray, body armour, and drugs, as well as explosive arrow-heads and a bow.A 19-year-old Blair Athol man was charged with trafficking amphetamine, and unlawfully possess prescription drug. A 33-year-old Blair Athol man was charged with trafficking amphetamine, and possess prescription drug (steroid). A 38-year-old Blair Athol man was charged with trafficking amphetamine, illegal possession of firearms, possess prohibited weapons, and resist police. A 17-year-old Blair Athol man was charged with trafficking amphetamine, illegal possession of firearms, possess prohibited weapons, and resist police. All four men appeared at Adelaide Magistrates Court on Thursday 7 November. Two men - a 22-year-old from Elizabeth South and a 23-year-old of no fixed address - were charged with drug-related offences.

Saturday, 8 November 2008

Brawl between members of the Finks and Hells Angels gangs erupted at the Royal Pines Resort after Finks member Nicholas Forbes attacked

Brawl between members of the Finks and Hells Angels gangs erupted at the Royal Pines Resort after Finks member Nicholas Forbes attacked former friend, Hells Angel and convicted Melbourne gunman Christopher Wayne Hudson. Thirty-one-year-old Tyson James Ward and 35-year-old Ross Glen Thomas today pleaded guilty to their roles in the brawl. Ward was convicted of unlawfully assaulting Hudson after he had been shot in the face while Thomas pleaded guilty to affray. Acting judge Brian Devereaux fined Ward $3,000 and recorded a conviction while Thomas was fined $500 and no conviction was recorded.

Wayne Ordakowski also known as “Lumpy,” is charged with assisting fellow gang members

Wayne Ordakowski, 48, a member of the Mongols Outlaw Motorcycle Gang, was indicted by a federal grand jury in August and arrested Oct. 21 in a nationwide sweep, which included 10 other arrests in Denver.Ordakowski, also known as “Lumpy,” is charged with assisting fellow gang members and preventing agents from apprehending his alleged co-conspirators. He faces a maximum of 15 years in prison and up to $500,000 in fines.Investigators with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives said Mongols gang members Benjamine Maestas and Leonard Martinez executed a scheme in August 2007 to defraud Loud Financial LLC by using false representations to illegally secure a $25,000 loan for a 2006 chopper at Hacienda Harley-Davidson in Scottsdale, Ariz.Shortly after law enforcement officers began their investigation into the wire fraud, Maestas sent several text messages to Ordakowski, who had direct knowledge of the scheme. Maestas allegedly told him to “act stupid” if the “cops call,” and promised Ordakowski a post as vice president of the Okane Park Chapter of the Mongols for withholding vital information from authorities. Maestas also offered three chapter prospects to work free “hard labor” for Ordakowski, the indictment says.Mass arrests of Mongols members were made in Los Angeles, where 79 defendants are being prosecuted, 73 of which face racketeering charges, a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Denver said. Federal search and arrest warrants were executed in seven states, including Colorado, California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Florida and Ohio.In addition to the California arrests, agents served six federal search warrants throughout the Denver area and confiscated a stolen .25 caliber pistol, Colt .38 revolver, shotgun, Taurus .380 pistol, ammunition, Mongols paraphernalia, cell phones and a computer. The Parker Police Department and Douglas County Sheriff’s Office assisted with the investigation.
The Denver area gang members face charges of drug trafficking, federal firearms violations, wire fraud, witness tampering, and trafficking in vehicle parts with serial numbers removed. Some higher-ranking members in Los Angeles face up to 40 years in prison and $2 million in fines.“These types of investigations are part of the ATF’s overall enforcement strategy to target the most violent offenders within our communities,” said ATF special agent in charge Richard Chase. “[Last week’s] success is the result of a combined federal, state, and local law enforcement effort and good police work.”The Mongols Outlaw Motorcycle Gang, formed in Montebello, Calif. in the 1970s, claims 600 members nationwide. Many of the Mongols were allegedly recruited from some of the most violent street gangs.The name “Mongols,” which is emblazoned on a patch that members wear on their motorcycle jackets, was trademarked by the gang. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California obtained a court order last week that immediately prevents gang members from using or displaying the Mongols name or logo.Ordakowski’s next scheduled court date was not immediately available.Parker man withheld information from fedsOrdakowski faces 15 years in prison

Wednesday, 5 November 2008

Paul Fontaine, informant Stéphane (Godasse) Gagné talked of the planning that went into the slaying of provincial prison guard

Paul Fontaine, 40, a Hells Angel member, informant Stéphane (Godasse) Gagné talked of the planning that went into the slaying of provincial prison guard Pierre Rondeau on Sept. 8, 1997.The Crown's case alleges Fontaine wanted to kill prison guards on orders from Hells Angels leader Maurice (Mom) Boucher.Gagné told the jury Fontaine called off their initial plans to kill prison guards at least four times before Rondeau was shot while driving an inmate transfer bus. Rondeau's co-worker Robert Corriveau was also on the bus but was not injured in the ambush.Gagné said that early on the day of the shooting, he and Fontaine waited near a Rivière des Prairies detention centre for a bus whose route they had traced previously. Fontaine was to open fire on the vehicle when it arrived at an intersection. Gagné's job was to wait in a stolen Dodge Caravan so he and Fontaine could drive off after the shooting.
But Gagné said he recalled something important while they waited. "I had ridden in those buses a lot, so I knew if two guards were on the bus, one would be armed," Gagné said.Fontaine immediately told Gagné he, too, would have to open fire on the bus. When the bus pulled up to the intersection, both attackers got out of their van and stood in front of the bus.Gagné said he and Fontaine fired into the bus's windshield. He also recalled that within seconds Fontaine was already heading back to the van. Gagné said he turned to follow while still firing his semi-automatic pistol.From there, their plan continued to fall apart. The pair drove to a residential part of Pointe aux Trembles where they were supposed to transfer to a Mazda and torch the Caravan.But, Gagné said, he noticed a man delivering newspapers and warned Fontaine the potential witness could connect a flaming Caravan to their Mazda.They drove both vehicles away; Gagné doused the Caravan with gasoline and tossed in a match. Flames leapt out of the window and singed Gagné's face.

Saturday, 1 November 2008

Brian Jeffrey was the chapter's "sergeant at arms." was found guilty yesterday of trafficking drugs for the benefit of a criminal organization.

High-ranking member of the Hells Angels Simcoe chapter was found guilty yesterday of trafficking drugs for the benefit of a criminal organization.According to prosecutor Tom Andreopoulos, Brian Jeffrey was the chapter's "sergeant at arms."
He pleaded guilty to charges of drug trafficking and to possession of the proceeds of a crime, but not guilty to criminal organization charges on the basis, his lawyers argued, that the Hells Angels are not a criminal organization.

Port Noarlunga to Victor Harbor 90 Hells Angels bikies made their way south for their annual poker run.

90 Hells Angels bikies made their way south for their annual poker run.The run, which took the bikers from Port Noarlunga to Victor Harbor, disrupted traffic for most of the afternoon. Dozens of police, including a team from the Crime Gangs Taskforce, followed the run to manage traffic and monitor behaviour.
Roads were blocked, traffic stopped and light sequences were changed to allow the group to make their way south safely.Random drug and alcohol tests and vehicle inspections were conducted at different locations during the run, a police spokeswoman said.Bikes were checked one by one at 15 stations, with riders forced to show their licences and have their motorbikes inspected.A number of bikes were defected and there were seven arrests for offences including unruly behaviour. Amateur photographer Jason Pine – who captured the action for the Sunday Mail – was driving north along South Rd to a personal engagement."I actually thought it was going to get ugly because there were a lot of cops – probably one cop per person," he said of the congested scene he witnessed.Mr Pine pulled his car over to take the photographs and spoke to a man claiming to be a Hells Angels member who had not joined the run."There were actually bikies that were watching from the side and I actually spoke to one of them and he said that they knew the cops were there and they had done it anyway," he said."He told me he didn't want to go because he didn't want any trouble."The annual event generally includes stops at five pubs, with players given a card at each.At the final stop each person presents their poker hand.


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