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Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Al LeBras pleaded guilty to three counts of drug trafficking, money laundering and instructing the commission of an offence for a criminal organizati

58-year-old longtime outlaw biker — one of 18 people arrested following a 2007 police investigation targeting the Hells Angels and associates — was sentenced Tuesday to 15 years in prison.Ali LeBras pleaded guilty to three counts of drug trafficking, money laundering and instructing the commission of an offence for a criminal organization.
LeBras’ sentence was jointly recommended by the Crown and defence. Justice Brenda Keyser said the only factor in LeBras’ favour was his guilty plea.“He has shown non-existent remorse and rehabilitation is not even remotely a factor,” Keyser said. “He could easily be facing a longer period of custody were it not for the joint submission.”Project Drill began in November 2006 and was handled by the Manitoba Integrated Organized Crime Task Force. It focused on drug trafficking in Manitoba, B.C., Alberta and Ontario. Police agent and career criminal Scotty Robertson was paid more than $500,000 to ensnare LeBras, a longtime friend, and other targets, including then-Manitoba Hells Angels president Dale Donovan.Court heard that LeBras, on two different occasions, sold Robertson a kilogram of cocaine and half a kilogram of cocaine. A third drug deal was in the works before police pulled the plug on the investigation and arrested the suspects, said Crown attorney Chris Mainella. Mainella said LeBras encouraged Robertson to try joining the Hells Angels and offered to assist his efforts.Court heard LeBras laundered tens of thousands of dollars through the Merchants Hotel, exchanging small denomination bills for $50 and $100 bills.
Mainella said the owners of the hotel told police they used the laundered money to stock their ATM machines. “This is classic money laundering,” he said.LeBras has been associated with outlaw biker gangs his entire adult life. He has admitted to selling drugs since at least 1975 and has been in and out of jail for decades.Lebras’ sentence includes a $46,000 fine, satisfied by the seizure of two Harley Davidson motorcyclespresident of the Los Brovos motorcycle gang was given a 15-year sentence in connection with a series of charges stemming from a massive police investigation into organized crime.Al Lebras was one of 17 people arrested in December 2007 as part of a 13-month-long police investigation called Project Drill. He was charged with conspiracy to traffic in cocaine, laundering proceeds of crime and participating in a criminal organization. Out of all those arrested during Project Drill, Lebras is now the 15th to plead guilty.Lebras, a longtime biker, was recorded by police selling one kilo of cocaine to a friend he’d known for 20 years. At the time of the sale, Lebras was unaware his friend was working as an agent for police. As part of a joint recommendation, Lebras received a 15-year-sentence Tuesday and could die in prison because of his age. Crown attorney Chris Mainella told the court that Lebras is now 59-years-old and has already spent about a third of his life in prison and that he has been involved with outlaw motorcycle gangs for the better part of four decades, either as a member or on the periphery. Lebras was described in court as someone with a long criminal record who shows no remorse and has no chance of rehabilitation.
The Los Brovos, the gang formerly led by Lebras, patched over to become Hells Angels about 10 years ago.

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