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Saturday, 28 May 2011

White Rock Angels accused in massive drug-smuggling ring

White Rock chapter of the Hells Angels supplied marijuana and muscle to a multimillion-dollar cross-border drug-smuggling ring in which 22 people have so far been charged, U.S. court documents allege.

U.S. law enforcement agents allege Hells Angel associate Trevor Jones was the Canadian "boss" of the drug ring alleged to have distributed up to a tonne of pot and 200 kilograms of cocaine a month for several years.

The ring was broken up last month with a series of arrests in several states and the seizure of almost $2 million US and 1,000 kilograms of cocaine from various locations.

The just-unsealed court documents say that Jones, who is not charged on the indictment, was observed by U.S. agents meeting a key member of the drug ring in Las Vegas in February.

And the documents say that U.S. members of the gang were caught on wiretap in April trying to get guns, baseball bats and pepper spray for the B.C. bikers so they could go after an associate believed to have stolen 106 kilograms of cocaine.

In fact, the coke had been seized by police.

"I believe that cocaine was destined for Canada and for the Hells Angels, possibly Trevor Jones," special agent Bryan Winger, of Homeland Security, testified in one court affidavit.

Among those now in custody are Jacob Stuart and Richard Lamar, the two Washington men alleged to have led the U.S. side of the operation, and John Washington, described as the group's main Seattle customer and "a member of the Blood street gang."

Three Canadians were also picked up: Glen Stewart -a 51-year-old who lives in Blaine -and Michel William Dubois and Mario Joseph Fenianos, who were arrested on April 26 in Los Angeles.

Dubois and Fenianos were arrested in a vehicle containing a duffel bag full of cocaine after agents observed them arriving to meet associates of the Sinaloa cartel.

The investigation began in early 2010 when U.S. Homeland Security came across three separate drug cases that all linked back to Stuart and his associates. Investigators got a series of wiretap authorizations and watched suspects in several states for months.

The U.S. Attorney said in one court document that the Stuart gang was international in scope, receiving shipments of B.C. bud trucked over the border, which were then transported across the U.S. using "aircraft flown by multiple pilots, who all have been observed by surveillance agents picking up suspected loads of marijuana."

Several suspects caught in the act agreed to become confidential informants and linked the case back to the Hells Angels in B.C., the documents said.

Members of the drug ring were "prepared to use violence to further their activities." Suspects were caught on tape plotting abductions and beatings as part of debt collecting, the U.S. Attorney said.

"Stuart was also intercepted talking to Lamar about obtaining guns, pepper spray, and baseball bats for use by a different crew of enforcers being sent down from Canada to investigate a large amount of missing drugs," one document said.

Stuart says on wiretap that he needs "some heaters, burners" -which is slang for firearms.

"They want some right now -our boss man does -because they are sending some people down to deal with the situation," he said.

One document alleges that Jones, 41, is the owner of Surrey's T-Barz strip club and the twin brother of fullpatch White Rock Hells Angel Randal Jones.

"Interviews with cooperating confidential informants (CIs) and subsequent wire intercepts indicate that the primary source of supply of the marijuana to the Jacob Stuart drug trafficking organization is a person who has been identified by their moniker of Red," Winger said in his April 26 affidavit to the court.

"Red is the nickname or code name for Trevor Jones. ... According to Canadian law enforcement Trevor Jones is a Hells Angels member and/ or associate."

Winger further alleges that while Jones was not captured on wiretap during the investigation, "we have intercepted calls we believe are about Jones and surveilled meetings between Jones and Lamar, acting on Stuart's behalf."

And he quoted records that confirmed that Jones "did fly from Canada to Las Vegas, making entry into the U.S. on Feb. 14, 2011" and stayed at the hotel where Lamar was sent by Stuart twice over several days.

"We believe that during this and the previous trip, Lamar was delivering money to Trevor Jones, which the Stuart drug trafficking organization owed for marijuana obtained from the Jones brothers," Winger testified in a court document.

After meeting Jones, Lamar is captured in one call to Stuart saying Jones praised him: "he says you're his best guy, which is good."

Jones, who lives in Langley, did not return telephone or email messages left for him Friday through T-Barz.



Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Shootings at Motorcycle Club HQ

Police in Helsinki detained several people early Tuesday following a series of gunshots at a motorcycle club headquarters.
A number of shots were fired after midnight in or around the premises of the Cannonball MC on Viipurinkatu.
Police have declined to release any details about the incident, but say they do not know of any injuries.
Cannonball MC was formed in the 1990s by former Hell's Angels in Finland. It has member groups at least half a dozen Finnish towns and cities. A number of its leaders were convicted of drug-related and violent crimes in the 1990s.


Hells Angels member gets bail

chapter president of the Hells Angels motorcycle club was freed Tuesday pending sentencing for drug offences after a jury acquitted him last week of belonging to a criminal organization.

John Neal, 61, was granted bail, pending the outcome of a sentencing hearing on June 9.

A jury on Saturday acquitted five members of Hells Angels, including Neal, of the criminal organization charge. Lorne Campbell, 62, was released on bail immediately on Saturday and Larry Pooler, 61, had been under house arrest since charges were laid four years ago.

Two other members, Mehrdad Bahman, 48, and vice-president, Douglas Myles, 54, remain in custody. 

All the bikers were found guilty drug charges and will be sentenced on June 9.

But the criminal organization acquittals mean the men were spared lengthy jail sentences on top of their pre-trial custody.  

“If the state wants to go big-game hunting, they better bring out the heavy artillery and the evidence just wasn’t there in this case,” said defence lawyer Lenny Hochberg.

“The courts have found on multiple occasions that the Hells Angels are a criminal organization, but it has never been tried to the best of my knowledge, before a jury before the accused’s peers in other words.

“Now that a jury has determined, based on all the evidence and a year and a half of investigation, that it is not a criminal organization. It’s a huge decision.” 

Neal, Myles and Bahman were found guilty of conspiracy to traffick GHB, the date rate drug.

Pooler was found guilty of trafficking in oxycodone and possession of  a restricted firearm.

Campbell was convicted on trafficking cocaine.

The bikers were arrested in an undercover project — named “Project Develop” — which featured a former club officer named Dave (Shakey) Atwell, a paid police agent. 

The jury heard that Atwell hung out with the bikers for 18 months and secretly taped conversations with them between 2005 and 2007.

Bahman, whose club nickname is “Juicy,” pleaded guilty to nine counts of trafficking drugs and possession of proceeds of crime.


Monday, 23 May 2011

Hells Angels guilty of drug offences

Five Hells Angels motorcycle gang members face sentencing Tuesday on drug-related charges laid four years ago, one of their lawyers said Sunday.

But after hearing evidence since November, Lenny Hochberg said a Toronto jury found them not guilty of charges of association with a criminal organization.

“These jurors were there for six months,” said the lawyer with Hochberg Criminal Defence Group, on Bay St.

He estimated it took about 135 days to hear from witnesses and for evidence to be presented in a University Ave. courtroom.

John “Winner” Neal, 60, president of the downtown Toronto Hells Angels Club, vice-presidents Larry Pooler, 60, and Douglas Myles, 54 — plus members Mehrdad “Juicy” Bahman, 49, and Lorne Campbell, 62 — faced a total of almost 40 criminal conspiracy charges tied to the trafficking of cocaine, liquid Ecstasy and guns.

David Atwell, a former “full-patch member” who became a paid police informant, aided in the seizure of the Eastern Ave. clubhouse and arrest of dozens of people in raids in April, 2007 during Project Develop.

The trial exposed the outlawed gang’s inner-workings and fears of informants.

Hochberg, who represented Bahman, said his client remains in custody after being found not guilty of 15 charges.

Bahman, Neal and Myles remain in custody and Pooler, who represented himself, remains under house arrest. Campbell is free on his own recognizance.

Hochberg said the case was “probably one of the first jury trials” involving a not guilty finding for people accused of association with a criminal organization.


Monday, 9 May 2011

used dogs and truncheons to break up violent clashes between the Hells Angels and a rival biker gang in the northern city of Bremen and detained 52 suspects.

German police said Sunday they used dogs and truncheons to break up violent clashes between the Hells Angels and a rival biker gang in the northern city of Bremen and detained 52 suspects.
Officers moved in late Saturday when members of the Mongols gang descended on the local clubhouse of the Hells Angels.
"Members of the two clubs began provoking each other and it eventually led to injuries," police said in a statement.
A group of Mongols and their supporters that had been led away later began resisting police.
"In response, officers deployed dogs and truncheons," the statement said.
A total of 52 people were taken into custody, while one officer and two civilians were injured.
Many biker gangs in Germany have links to organised crime, leading to rampant violence between warring groups.


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