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Monday, 13 February 2012

Stéphane Faucher was ready and willing to do anything the Hells Angels asked of him.

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Hells Angel-turned-informant to be held in Quebec jail.

Hells Angel-turned-informant to be held in Quebec jail.

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MONTREAL - At the height of Quebec’s bloody biker gang war, Stéphane Faucher was ready and willing to do anything the Hells Angels asked of him.
The career drug dealer even issued orders to kill a couple of his rivals during the conflict over drug-trafficking turf, which involved the deaths of more than 160 people between 1994 and 2002.
Faucher was able to move five kilograms of cocaine per week for the Hells Angels. But when he and his associates were rounded up in 2001, as part of a huge takedown of the Hells Angels in Montreal, Faucher quickly decided to turn informant.
He told the police about some of the things he did for the biker gang and agreed to a contract wherein he was supposed to testify against them in court. But when he took the stand during one of the megatrials that came out of Operation Springtime 2001, Faucher put on a spectacle before Superior Court Justice Pierre Beliveau. Rambling incomplete sentences, he told Beliveau that he was the victim of a “frame-up,” and accused two police investigators of tricking him to turn against the Hells Angels.
His contract was nullified, which means Faucher, 40, will have no police protection when his current sentence expires on Oct. 28, 2016. As part of his deal, he was sentenced, in 2002, to a 14-year prison term after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit murder, committing a crime for the benefit of a criminal organization and drug trafficking.
He was also convicted on a contempt of court charge filed after his bizarre court appearance in 2003.
The Parole Board of Canada recently decided to maintain Faucher’s incarceration beyond his statutory release date, the two-thirds mark of his sentence, a measure used on a very small percentage of inmates in Canada’s federal penitentiaries.
The decision was based, in part, on Faucher’s violent behaviour while behind bars. But a written summary of the decision also sheds new light that might explain Faucher’s odd behaviour. The summary details how Faucher has, since 2007, been transferred to different Correctional Service Canada institutions because of “a deterioration of your psychological state.”
The document describes how Faucher refuses to be diagnosed or treated and, on Nov. 7, 2011, he was placed in isolation after he assaulted a guard. Later that same month, the CSC obtained a court order that Faucher be administered medication against his will for a period of three years.
According to the summary, the medication appears to have improved Faucher’s condition and, on Jan. 31, he agreed to be placed in isolated custody on a voluntary basis. When offered the opportunity to be evaluated by a psychologist or a psychiatrist, Faucher has either refused completely or only answered a few questions.
In November 2010, a psychiatrist who evaluated Faucher, but had very little information to work with, suggested his violent behaviour behind bars corresponds with a diagnosis of schizophrenia and other related mental health problems.
The parole board was especially concerned over how Faucher has said he plans to arm himself for protection when he leaves penitentiary.
The Hells Angels still consider him an informant. Faucher’s case-management team advised the board there are no programs available that would ensure public safety if Faucher was granted a release of any kind.
The parole board is required to review its decision by Feb. 7, 2013.

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