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Four men associated with the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club are in custody after the seizure of a small arsenal of weapons.

Saturday, 27 November 2010

Salmon Arm RCMP do not know what the bikers were up to, but they suspect it could not have been any good.
RCMP say one of the men is from Kelowna.
Police stopped the men’s speeding vehicle on the TransCanada Highway near Salmon Arm at approximately 10 p.m. on Thursday.
After detecting an odour of marijuana, police searched the car and found several firearms including a sawed-off shotgun, three handguns and a large quantity of ammunition.
Police also recovered a bulletproof vest, a baseball bat, an axe handle, black balaclavas, knives, bear spray and a radio jamming device designed to block outgoing transmissions.
RCMP say the men’s destination and intentions are unknown since they are not cooperating with investigators.
Charges are pending.


Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/cars/Hells+Angels+associates+nabbed+Okanagan/3890816/story.html#ixzz16RcweJfi

Trial of bikie gang members charged over a fatal brawl at Sydney airport has been set down for May

Thursday, 25 November 2010


Trial of bikie gang members charged over a fatal brawl at Sydney airport has been set down for May next year.
Nine members of the Comanchero gang, charged with murder, and an alleged Hells Angel facing a riot charge, were arraigned in the NSW Supreme Court in Sydney on Thursday.
They each entered a plea of not guilty, while two other accused did not appear.
Justice Megan Latham was told up to four of the 12 men may not go to trial.
The case stems from an incident at the domestic airport's check-in area in March 2009 which left Anthony Zervas, 29, dead after he was beaten with steel bollards and stabbed during a brawl between the warring gangs.
Comanchero boss Mahmoud "Mick" Hawi and colleagues Maher Aouli, Farres Abounader, Frank La Rosa, Christian Menzies, Zoran Kisacanin, Tiago Costa and Ismail Erden all pleaded not guilty to one count each of murder, riot and affray.
Usama Potrus pleaded not guilty to murder and riot charges, while arraignment of a 10th Comanchero, Pomare Pirini, was stood over for December 16.
Alleged Hells Angel member Phillip Ovalle pleaded not guilty to one charge of riot, while gang member David Padovan will be arraigned next month after he did not appear due to illness.
The trial is due to begin on May 9, but a venue has not yet been decided.

One of WA's most notorious bikies, Gypsy Joker sergeant-at-arms Graeme Slater, was arrested for disorderly conduct after "arcing up" at police outside the Danny Green fight last night.

Friday, 19 November 2010

One of WA's most notorious bikies, Gypsy Joker sergeant-at-arms Graeme Slater, was arrested for disorderly conduct after "arcing up" at police outside the Danny Green fight last night.Mr Slater had been standing near bushland that neighbours Challenge Stadium, believed to be smoking a cigarette, when police officers approached him.As they asked questions he became more and more angry, Detective Sergeant Steve Da Re said.Mr Slater allegedly swore at police and became louder and louder, attracting the attention of television cameras that were there to film the fight.Mr Slater accused the officers of upsetting his young son.

"You made my boy cry... how dare you," he said.

The officers arrested Mr Slater for disorderly conduct and using obscene language at a public officer.
He consequently missed the fight in which the IBO cruiserweight world champion beat American BJ Flores in a 12-round slug-fest.Mr Slater became one of the best-known bikies in the state after he was arrested, and later acquitted, over the car bomb assassination of former detective Don Hancock.
Among the 4000-strong crowd watching the fight were underworld figures, Eagles and Dockers footballers and other famed sportsmen such as former cricketer Justin Langer.

Gangs Squad detectives have today arrested three men following investigations into the alleged murder of a high-ranking Outlaw Motorcycle Gang member

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Latest Media Releases - NSW Police Online: "Gangs Squad detectives have today arrested three men following investigations into the alleged murder of a high-ranking Outlaw Motorcycle Gang member, and the attempted murder of another man.

About 6.30am today, Gangs Squad detectives – assisted by the Tactical Operations Unit – arrested three men: a 32-year-old man and a 24-year-old man at a unit in Rhodes, and a 59-year-old man at an industrial premises in Girraween. All three men are from Girraween.

The two younger men were taken to Campsie Police Station while the 59-year-old man was taken to Blacktown Police Station. Charges are expected to be laid.

Warrants are being executed simultaneously by police at the above two locations.

The arrest relates to investigations conducted under Strike Force Devine, established in May this year to investigate the disappearance of a high-ranking OMCG member.

The 36-year-old man, a high-ranking member of the Nomads OMCG, was last seen on Friday 16 April, 2010, when he and another man drove to a location on Wiltona Place at Girraween."

Six-month trial for bikie brawl accused

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Six-month trial for bikie brawl accused: "Ten members of the Comanchero, charged with murder, and two Hells Angels, charged with riot and affray, all faced the NSW Supreme Court in Sydney on Thursday.
Anthony Zervas, 29, died on March 22, 2009, after being beaten with steel bollards and stabbed during a brawl between the warring gangs in the check-in area of Sydney airport in front of horrified onlookers.
Advertisement: Story continues below His older brother, senior Hells Angels member Peter Zervas, was charged with riot and affray over the airport violence.
But in late October, prosecutors withdrew the riot charge against Zervas, who pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of affray.
He is due to be sentenced in January."

Bikie law ruling to prompt re-think in other states - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Bikie law ruling to prompt re-think in other states - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation): "Opinions are divided over whether the High Court's ruling on South Australia's anti-bikie laws will have implications for other states with similar legislation.
Six of the seven High Court justices have ruled as constitutionally invalid the section of the South Australian law that says courts are obliged to issue control orders against bikies at the government's instruction.
In other words, the courts must do what the government says. But Chief Justice Robert French said that distorts the court's institutional integrity and puts its independence at risk.
He agreed with another justice on the repugnancy of the process.
The ruling raises questions about similar and proposed laws in other states, particularly given New South Wales and Queensland looked to South Australia as a template."

Red Devils motorcycle Biker charged with threatening officer » Local News » SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Biker charged with threatening officer » Local News » SalemNews.com, Salem, MA: "member of a notorious biker gang who was arrested Friday afternoon used his one phone call to order his girlfriend to 'Call the clubhouse and bring all the boys down,' police and prosecutors say.
Despite that and a litany of other threats toward police during and after his arrest, Miles Hale, 46, of 202 Manor Road, Beverly — a member of the Red Devils motorcycle gang — was released on $1,000 bail Friday evening by a bail clerk.
By yesterday, Hale was back in custody, after he showed up at Salem District Court for his arraignment and prosecutors asked a judge to increase Hale's bail.
Judge Matthew Nestor raised the bail to $5,000 and ordered Hale into custody after hearing the facts of the case from prosecutor Colleen Cashman."

Plaintiffs discuss settlement with Harrah's in 2002 Laughlin brawl - Monday, Nov. 8, 2010 | 5:50 p.m. - Las Vegas Sun

Plaintiffs discuss settlement with Harrah's in 2002 Laughlin brawl - Monday, Nov. 8, 2010 | 5:50 p.m. - Las Vegas Sun: "After years of litigation, an undisclosed settlement was reached between Harrah's Laughlin hotel-casino and five bystanders who were caught up in a deadly 2002 melee between two rival motorcycle gangs that erupted during the annual River Run event. Plaintiffs on Monday discussed the case publicly for the first time.
The battle ended up killing two Hell's Angels members and one Mongols gang member in the Southern Nevada town, where tens of thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts had gathered.
The bystanders at the casino were 'diving around, fearing for their life, jumping on the floor, seeing people shot, stabbed, hammers being used, wrenches being used on individuals,' Las Vegas attorney Brent Bryson said at a press conference at his office Monday. 'It was quite traumatic and certainly a life-altering event.'
One of the five bystanders, Dean Daniels, of Norco, Calif., said that for himself and his wife, Andrea, 'it was actually quite terrifying because we feared for our life.'"

Hells Angel Sonny Barger to Guest on 'Sons of Anarchy' and Creator Kurt Sutter on the Season So Far

EXCLUSIVE: Hells Angel Sonny Barger to Guest on 'Sons of Anarchy' and Creator Kurt Sutter on the Season So Far: "Sonny Barger, a legendary member of the Hells Angel Motorcycle Club, has a cameo role in the Nov. 30 season finale of FX's biker drama 'Sons of Anarchy.'

Barger, a founding member of the Oakland chapter of the Hells Angels, plays a character called Lenny the Pimp, one of the founders of the Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club. Barger, who lives in Arizona these days, said in an interview that he's a big fan of the show.

'We watch it every week,' Barger said. 'It's a nice show and it seems like everyone likes it. But it's nowhere near my everyday life.'"

Ontario biker gang rebuilding: Police | Canada | News | Toronto Sun

Ontario biker gang rebuilding: Police | Canada | News | Toronto Sun: "Members of a motorcycle gang appear to be rebuilding their organization in eastern Ontario, according to police.
Police were monitoring a home in Peterborough, Ont., over the weekend that allegedly was being trafficked by Outlaw motorcycle gang members.
OPP Det. Sgt. Len Isnor said the Outlaws seem to be setting up in an area typically associated with the Hells Angels.
The Peterborough area in eastern Ontario has traditionally been associated with Satan’s Choice. But in the mid-1990s, the gang folded into the Hells Angels, which has been weakening in the region over recent years.
The Outlaws, on the other hand, are making a comeback, Isnor said.
About 45 Outlaw members received lengthy prison sentences following Project Retire in 2002 and are now getting out of jail, Isnor said.
'Now they're rebuilding again. Right, smack in the middle of Hells Angels territory,' he said.
Three men, including known Outlaw biker associate Rory Vader, were at the house Saturday afternoon, according to police.
Isnor said police had information that area members of the Loner motorcycle gang were 'patching over,' becoming members of the Outlaws."

Hell's Angels lose bid to quash convictions - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Hell's Angels lose bid to quash convictions - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation): "Two Hell's Angels members have lost their appeal against aggravated assault convictions they received for a brawl at the Darwin Airport Hotel.
Nicholas Frank Cassidy and James Parnwell Knight were convicted and sentenced to more than two years' jail for the brawl in December 2007.
The men appealed against their convictions and the length of their sentences.
But the Court of Criminal Appeal dismissed all grounds of the appeal, and upheld both men's sentences, angering Cassidy's brother Ray Padden.
'We'll be fighting the decision,' he said outside court."

Hells Angels spokesman charged with extortion

Hells Angels spokesman charged with extortion: "high-ranking member of the Nanaimo Hells Angels is one of four men facing charges of extortion and accusations that connect them to organized crime.
Frederick Widdifield, who is sometimes a spokesman for the local motorcycle club, Jeffrey Benvin, Robbie Lajeunesse and Rajinder Sandhu all face charges of extortion and “commission of an offence for a criminal organization,” identified in provincial court documents as the Nanaimo Hells Angels.
Lajeunesse and Sandhu are also charged with assault.
Lajeunesse and Benvin also face additional charges of theft over $5,000 (a boat and trailer), and possession of a restricted or prohibited weapon, identified as brass knuckles and a Taser."

Security industry 'infiltrated by bikies'

Security industry 'infiltrated by bikies': "Victoria's security industry is being infiltrated by bikie gangs and other rogue operators who pose major risks to public safety, a new report has found.
The report from the Liquor, Hospitality and Miscellaneous Union (LHMU), which represents security guards, says the industry is being let down by unscrupulous contractors cutting corners and failing to train, recruit or pay staff appropriately.
The report includes a warning from Australian Crime Commission (ACC) chief executive John Lawler who says access to firearms, licensed premises, major events and a range of public and private assets 'provides incentives and opportunities for organised crime groups to infiltrate and exploit the private security industry'.
Advertisement: Story continues below The ACC 'also found examples of infiltration by outlaw motorcycle gangs,' the report said."

fire that destroyed the clubhouse of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club

Saturday, 6 November 2010

The State Fire Marshal's Office says a fire that destroyed the clubhouse of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club Sunday night was accidental.

Investigators say an off-duty firefighter spotted the fire around 9:30 p.m. They believe the fire likely started near a propane water heater in a bathroom.

Some members of the Outlaws are currently on trial in connection with the shooting of a member of the rival Hell's Angels in Canaan last october.

Investigators do not believe this fire is in any way related to that case.

gangland fatalities and disappearances remain unsolved.

June 2, 2005: Aaron Hannibal, a 31-year-old drug dealer with the Zig Zag Crew, was found face down in a pool of blood outside an Elmwood 7-Eleven. The killing was believed to be the result of deep-seated animosity between two members of the Zig Zags, the street gang controlled by the local Hells Angels. Daniel Kachkan, 29, was charged with second-degree murder but in September 2007 was acquitted in court.

March 20, 2005: David Tavares, a 40-year-old Stony Mountain Institution inmate with ties to the Native Syndicate street gang, was found assaulted at the prison and pronounced dead a short time later. Four fellow inmates were charged for his death but a mistrial was declared in their trial last spring. Charles Coaster, Evan Myran and Alvin Cote were charged with second-degree murder and Victor Ryle was charged with manslaughter. A new trial is not expected to be set before 2012.

Sept. 16, 2004: Wilson Martinez, a 20-year-old independent drug dealer with links to the former MIR gang, was taken to the playground at Heritage School in St. James and shot execution-style. Clayton Thomas Korski, a 22-year-old with alleged ties to the LHS (Loyalty, Honour, Silence) street gang, was convicted of first-degree murder for the murder and is serving a life sentence.

Aug. 27, 2004: Sirak (Shaggy) Okbazion, a 14-year-old member of the Mad Cowz street gang, was shot at least three times in the chest on Sherbrook Street. Street gangster Lance William Laquette, 20, pleaded guilty in April 2006 to manslaughter for Okbazion’s death and was sentenced to six years in prison. Charges against three co-accused were dropped. All had ties to the B-Side street gang.

May 12, 2003: Kevin Tokarchuk, 24, was shot in the head in the garage of his family’s Churchill Drive home in Fort Rouge in what is believed to be retaliation for the fatal shooting of a Hells Angels associate one year earlier — a murder for which Tokarchuk’s brother, Daniel, was convicted. The prime suspect in the Kevin Tokarchuk slaying committed suicide in March 2004, according to sources.

Dec. 15, 2002: Vitalijus Kilikevicius, a 32-year-old Hells Angels associate, was found shot to death just west of the Perimeter Highway in the RM of Rosser. The Lithuanian immigrant was slain as a result of a “drug deal gone bad,” sources said. His murder is unsolved.

May 12, 2002: Trevor (Boss) Savoie, a 25-year-old high-ranking Zig Zag, was shot three times in the chest on Fleet Avenue in River Heights. Daniel Tokarchuk, who sold cocaine for Savoie and racked up a $15,000 debt after becoming addicted to the drug, was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 12 years.

Nov. 23, 2001: The body of Benjamin Metcalf Marshall, 20, was found wrapped with plastic and duct tape, near the River Oaks Golf Club. Marshall was affiliated with two street gangs — Deuce and the Zig Zag Crew. In 2006, Derick Joel Zarichanski pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 12 years. Luke Paul Pujol pleaded guilty to conspiring to kill and sentenced to seven years in prison.

June 21, 2001: Former Spartans gang member Kevin Sylvester was charged with attempted murder for a failed hit on Hells Angels member Rodney Sweeney, whom he shot five times as he sat in a tow truck with his young son on an Elmwood street. Sylvester was sentenced to less than two years in jail after striking a controversial deal with the Crown. Sylvester claimed Sweeney was responsible for the disappearance of his older brother, Darwin, in May 1998. Rodney Sweeney’s brother Dale, a Hells Angels member, was sentenced to six years in prison for his role in the drive-by shooting of rival biker Kevin Sylvester.

April 8, 2001: The body of drug dealer and street-gang affiliate Kiet Trau, 21, was discovered in a ditch along Oak Point Highway near Inkster Boulevard in the RM of Rosser. The case remains unsolved. Trau and Benjamin Marshall were allied with Brad Anderson.

Jan. 14, 2001: Bradley Russell Anderson, 31, was found on a road near Stony Mountain. A former member of the now-defunct Redliners biker gang, Anderson had been involved in disputes with a man tied to the Hells Angels, police said. No arrests have been made.

Jan. 19, 1999: Robert Glen Rosmus, 34, was found on a remote road northeast of Winnipeg. The high-ranking member of the Spartans outlaw motorcycle gang had been shot execution style. Rosmus was with Darwin Sylvester in May 1998, when the Spartan president disappeared. The murder is unsolved.

May 1998: Former Spartan motorcycle gang leader Darwin Sylvester went missing, the suspected victim of rival bikers. His body was never found and he was legally declared dead in July 2005. Sylvester’s disappearance is unsolved.

Leslie "Les" Werth, 47, who was vice president of the Outlaws' chapter in Rock Hill, S.C.

found one of four Outlaws biker-gang members guilty of racketeering-related charges, acquitted two other defendants, and could not decide the case against the organization's national president.

Yesterday's decision came on the jury's fourth day of deliberations in federal court in Richmond and two weeks after the trial began for the four defendants.

In all, more than two dozen people were charged as part an investigation that began in 2008.

Leslie "Les" Werth, 47, who was vice president of the Outlaws' chapter in Rock Hill, S.C., was convicted yesterday of conspiracy to commit racketeering and conspiracy to commit violence in aid of racketeering.

Werth's wife, Wanda Werth, said after the verdict that her husband was the target of a "witch hunt" to justify the cost of the federal investigation. The case involved undercover agents who joined the Outlaws and set up a new chapter and clubhouse in Petersburg.

Latest Media Releases - NSW Police Online

Friday, 5 November 2010

Latest Media Releases - NSW Police Online: "alleged member of an Outlaw Motorcycle Gang has been charged with attempted murder following investigations into two shootings in 2007 and 2008.

About 11am today, Marrickville Detectives attended an address in Silverwater, where they arrested a 30-year-old man, who they will allege is a member of the Hells Angels Outlaw Motorcycle Gang.

The man was charged with 16 offences including two counts of attempted murder, shoot with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, possess unauthorised firearm, use unauthorised firearm and fire firearm in or near public place.

He was refused bail to appear at the Downing Centre Local Court on Friday 12 November 2010.

Police will allege the charges relate to the shooting of a then 36-year-old man at West Street, Petersham about 9pm on Tuesday 18 December 2007."

Murder conspiracy case unfolds in Cranbrook - CTV News

CTV Calgary- Murder conspiracy case unfolds in Cranbrook - CTV News: "bizarre murder conspiracy case is unfolding in Cranbrook.
Police say the case involves the murder of an innocent couple and has connections to the Hells Angels.
Investigators believe there was a plot to kill 39-year-old Doug Mahon.
Mahon is known to police and had lived at a home where two people were murdered in May.
Mahon had moved out of the house six months before Leanne McFarlane and Jeffrey Taylor were shot to death. Police believe the two were not the intended targets of the shooting.
One of the four men charged in the conspiracy is Chad Munroe. Just over a year ago, Munroe was shot outside the Sam Steele Hotel and survived."

Jury: Casino liable for gamblers hurt in biker brawl - U.S. news - Crime & courts - msnbc.com

Jury: Casino liable for gamblers hurt in biker brawl - U.S. news - Crime & courts - msnbc.com: "civil court jury has found Harrah's Laughlin liable for injuries suffered by bystanders when a deadly brawl broke out between rival biker gangs during a popular motorcycle rally in 2002 at the southern Nevada hotel-casino.
Las Vegas attorney Brent Bryson on Thursday told the Las Vegas Sun newspaper the same eight-person Clark County District Court jury that found for his clients late Wednesday is due to return Friday to begin determining the dollar amount of damages."

Jail for Hells Angel who fired during `blitz' Crime and Court News | goldcoast.com.au | Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

Jail for Hells Angel who fired during `blitz' Crime and Court News | goldcoast.com.au | Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia: "Terry Ian Polley, 49, of Adelaide, is the last outlaw motorcycle gang member to be put behind bars four years after the bloody turf war that erupted at the Royal Pines Resort on March 18, 2006.
Three people were shot and two were stabbed when 43 Finks Motorcycle Club members crashed the ticketed kickboxing event and confronted arch rival Hells Angels members over a bikie deserter.
Dramatic video footage captured by FoxSports and played before the Southport District Court today showed the quick descent of an organised sporting event into a vicious chaos as multiple gun shots split the air and desperate crowd members tried to escape the violence.
Crown prosecutor Mark Whitbread said the moment Finks member Nick 'The Knife' Forbes threw the first punch heralded the all-out brawl that cost the resort $40,000 in damages.
''From the first punch, chairs, glasses and plates became missiles and were hurled,'' he said."

Feds try to seize Detroit biker gang's HQ - UPI.com

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Feds try to seize Detroit biker gang's HQ - UPI.com: "Federal authorities say they're trying to seize a Detroit motorcycle clubhouse they describe as a drug den and headquarters of a violent criminal enterprise.
Six convictions and more than 90 indictments already have been handed up against the Highwaymen for racketeering and other charges, The Detroit News reported. More of the bikers go on trial Tuesday in U.S. District Court.
Now the government has filed a forfeiture complaint spelling out crimes inside the southwest Detroit clubhouse, a private preserve for members. It says the windowless building was a hub of dealers and users where cocaine, marijuana and Vicodin were consumed openly and in quantity."

Hells Angels associate was shot dead inside his own home in what is believed to be a revenge attack

A Hells Angels associate was shot dead inside his own home in what is believed to be a revenge attack connected with a previous Winnipeg homicide, the Free Press has learned.
"This was a hit," a justice source familiar with the circumstances of the case told the Free Press late Monday.
The body of Daniel Benjamin Kachkan was found in his residence at 99 Barber St. just after 3 p.m. by his distraught ex-wife, Paddy, who was consoled by other family members who rushed to the home in Point Douglas. Sources say he was likely killed overnight.
Kachkan, 34, used to be a high-ranking member of the Zig Zag Crew, the so-called puppet club of the Hells Angels. He made headlines in 2005 when he was charged with killing fellow Zig Zag member Aaron Hannibal outside an Elmwood 7-Eleven store in broad daylight in what was deemed a violent internal gang dispute.
However, a jury found Kachkan not guilty in 2007 after the Crown had serious problems proving its case. Despite the fact more than a dozen people apparently saw Hannibal get stabbed, none was able to identify Kachkan as the culprit. Many others stayed silent or refused to testify and co-operate with police.
"This was definitely payback," the source said. Unlike Hannibal's death, Kachkan was killed in the privacy of his own home.
"There were no witnesses," the source said.
The Crown admitted its case against Kachkan was circumstantial since there was no direct physical or forensic evidence linking him to the slaying.
"Some people may say that because of his lifestyle, he was asking for it. But the person who killed him didn't commit any less of a murder because of his character," prosecutor Gerry Bowering said in his closing arguments to the jury. "This was an execution."
Hannibal, 31, suffered 19 separate wounds to his upper body, including three that pierced his heart and caused him to bleed out in the store's parking lot at Talbot Avenue and Watt Street. He collapsed, as 15 people surrounded him. Police were never able to find the murder weapon or Kachkan's vehicle, which went missing after the slaying.
Sources say Kachkan's stock continued to rise in the Zig Zag Crew following his acquittal, and he was briefly promoted to president. But his time at the top didn't last long.
"He wasn't a good leader, and he was eventually kicked out. He was pulling patches from members instead of expanding the Zig Zag Crew like the Hells Angels wanted," a source said.
On Monday, some neighbourhood residents feared this latest homicide could be connected with the triple shooting on Oct. 23, which left two people dead and another critically wounded in the nearby North End.
However, sources told the Free Press there is no link. Winnipeg police issued a statement late Monday confirming the investigation is ongoing.
Police removed two guard dogs from the home late Monday afternoon, neighbours said.
Point Douglas anti-crime activist Sel Burrows said the shooting death is both puzzling and disturbing because the victim's house had not been identified as a problem.
"Everybody in the community is pretty upset but we will carry on," Burrows said. Efforts by Burrows and his community to clean up crack houses and root out crime have drawn national attention and the support of Michaëlle Jean who praised school children during a visit before stepping down as governor general earlier this year.
The majority of Hells Angels and Zig Zag Crew members ended up behind bars after a series of recent police stings.
The most recent bust last December, in which 35 arrests were made, led to the formation of two new gangs that are trying to fill the void.
Police anticipated an increase in gang violence in court documents, citing a toxic environment on the streets.
"Tensions are extremely high... violence is imminent," a veteran police officer wrote in a February affidavit.
Police said the Hells Angels had created the Redlined Support Crew earlier this year to stand up to other criminal networks that might muscle in on their former drug turf. At the top of that list was the Rock Machine, which waged war with the Hells Angels in Quebec during the 1990s but has never had much of a presence in Manitoba -- until now.
Police said the Redlined Crew made their first big impression in mid-January when they allegedly attacked a member of the Rock Machine.
The victim required emergency surgery. He has not been co-operative with police and so far no charges have been laid.
Multiple sources have told the Free Press the Rock Machine have been slowly gaining power in the province, with some former Hells Angels associates even joining their ranks in recent months.

Marvin Ouimet, 39, was arrested by the Surete du Quebec around 4:30 p.m. Monday after he was found in a taxi in Montreal

One of the top members of a Quebec Hells Angels chapter was arrested Monday after a year and a half on the lam.
Marvin Ouimet, 39, was arrested by the Surete du Quebec around 4:30 p.m. Monday after he was found in a taxi in Montreal.
Ouimet — who also went by the aliases of Kasper and Andy — was wanted on a warrant over allegations of Hells-linked criminal activities, including murder, drug-trafficking, fraud, extortion and money-laundering charges.
Police had been searching for Ouimet since April
Ouimet will appear in court 2009, when a major police sweep picked up numerous members of the infamous biker gang.
He was the president of the Trois-Rivieres chapter.


on Tuesday.


Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Hells+Angel+Quebec+arrested/3761141/story.html#ixzz14ACSfaqb

Hells Angels heavyweight Marvin (Normand) Ouimet was arraigned in Montreal court Tuesday on 29 counts — including 22 charges of first-degree murder

Former Hells Angels heavyweight Marvin (Normand) Ouimet was arraigned in Montreal court Tuesday on 29 counts — including 22 charges of first-degree murder — in connection with Operation SharQc, a Quebec police crackdown targeting the notorious biker gang.


His next court date is on Dec. 10, when he will appear with the 137 others arrested as part of the SharQc sweep.


The bearded 41-year-old Ouimet appeared under tight security at the Montreal courthouse where he was also was arraigned in connection with Operation Diligence, a Surete du Quebec investigation targeting the construction industry.


In that case Ouimet faces several charges, including money laundering and using the proceeds of crime.


Ouimet, on the lam since April 2009, was arrested Tuesday afternoon when police located him in a taxi.


He was once one of the 10 most wanted suspects in Quebec but he offered no resistance during the arrest, SQ Sgt. Eloise Cossette said.


In April 2009, SharQc rounded up most of the 156 people named in an indictment that listed several serious charges including conspiracy, gangsterism and 22 counts of first-degree murder.


The murders were carried out within the context of a bloody conflict over drug trafficking turf between the Hells Angels and rival criminal organizations that stretched from 1994 to 2002, a period commonly referred to as the biker war.


The SQ alleges that Ouimet was at the forefront of a conspiracy to take control of Quebec's bricklaying industry to launder dirty money.


SQ Inspector Denis Morin said last year that Ouimet planned to create a consortium of masonry firms through "threats, intimidation and extortion."




Read more: http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Former+Hells+Angel+faces+murder+charges/3766196/story.html#ixzz14ABUCUM6

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