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Man linked to notorious Dhak group shot to death in Starbucks in Nueva Vallarta

Monday, 30 April 2012

A high-ranking gangster from B.C. was gunned down in Mexico late Friday night. Lower Mainland resident Thomas Gisby, 47, was shot to death inside a Starbucks in the tourist town of Nuevo Vallarta. Gisby is believed to be linked to Metro Vancouver's notorious Dhak group, whose members, alongside the Duhre gang, have been the subject of retaliatory hits since last summer's wellpublicized Kelowna murder of Red Scorpion Jonathon Bacon. Hells Angel associate Larry Amero was also wounded in the daylight shooting. RCMP Chief Supt. Dan Malo, head of the RCMP's Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit, said Mexican officials informed local police of Gisby's murder Friday night. "It's very unusual we speak this quickly, but it's important given the heightened situation of gang violence that we've seen in British Columbia of late," said Malo at an impromptu news conference in Surrey on Saturday evening. "These organized-crime targets have no boundaries and the police are going to be paying particular attention to this group here in the foreseeable future to see what impact [the murder] has." According to the Mexican newspaper Vanguardia, Gisby was shot twice in the head by waiting assassins, who fled in a gold-coloured VW Jetta. Two .44-millimetre shell casings were found at the scene and one suspect is in custody. There is no indication if the suspect is a Canadian. Gisby had been living in Mexico since he was targeted in a motorhome explosion near Whistler last winter, according to a Province source. The motorhome was sitting in a parking lot off Highway 99 in the Callaghan Valley when an explosive device was attached to the vehicle. Malo could only confirm Gisby was linked to the Whistler attack, in which he suffered superficial burns. RCMP liaison officers will be speaking to Mexican authorities in the coming days to flesh out the details surrounding the slaying. Canada's department of foreign affairs is also investigating the murder. "We knew that that individual was down in Mexico," Malo said. "We are spending a tremendous amount of police resources right now dealing with the issues of gang violence and the spike we've seen of late ... we are aware, we have intelligence to suggest there has been and will be retaliatory action." A similar warning was issued by police in the fall of 2011, when Gang Task Force Supt. Tom McCluskie said "anybody associated with the Duhre or Dhak group is subject to retaliation or to violence from other gangs they're in conflict with." It is believed the Dhaks and Duhres are involved in a turf war with elements of the nowdefunct Red Scorpions gang, the Independent Soldiers and some Hells Angels associates. That warning proved credible in January 2012, when notorious Vancouver gangster Sandip "Dip" Duhre, 36, was killed in a hail of bullets at a busy restaurant in downtown Vancouver's Sheraton Wall Centre. Malo also warned B.C.'s youth and lower level gangsters that no organized criminal is untouchable, even outside the country. "It's somebody who thought obviously he was untouched and thought he was at a level of organized crime that he thought he was protected - clearly not the case," he said. "It shows as well that no matter where you are in the world, if you're involved in that level of organized crime and that level of gang conflict, those gangs have the abilities and have the resources to get to you wherever you happen to be." Malo said high-ranking B.C. gangsters have influence internationally to bring illegal drugs and guns into the country, and are risking their lives to do so on foreign soil. Gisby had largely avoided the law in his years in B.C, according to court records. A man by that name appeared in court in January 1999, charged with invoking fear of injury and damage to a property in White Rock. He was released after issuing a peace bond. Another prominent member of the United Nations gang was killed earlier this year in Culiacán, Mexico - the home of the Sinaloa Cartel gang. The Dhak group first appeared on police radar in 1998 following the nightclub hit of glamorized gangster Bindy Johal. In October 2010, Gurmit Singh Dhak was shot in the face in a hit police deemed targeted. The RCMP's Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit consists of 14 B.C. police departments.

feared Dutch bikers' gang Satudarah MC has set up chapter in Belgium.

Satudarah MC doesn't exactly enjoy an excellent reputation north of the Belgian border. The Dutch authorities are conducting several investigations linked to drug trafficking and blackmail. Satudarah MC was set up in 1990 by several Dutch bikers of Asian descent. Today in the Netherlands the gang is bigger than the Hell's Angels. Satudarah MC has 400 members spread over 20 different chapters. The Dutch judicial authorities keep a close eye on the gang. Dutch journalist Robert Bas: "Officially, it's an ordinary bikers' gang, but the Dutch justice department also believes that it is a meeting place for criminals." A large number of Satudarah MC members have been in trouble with the police. They are linked to drug trafficking, blackmail and arms possession. A spokesperson for Belgium's federal police told public broadcaster VRT that Belgian police and the Belgian judicial authorities are aware of the arrival of the Dutch gang but that so far no enquiries have been opened. Highsider is the specialised unit that keeps tabs on bikers' gangs in Belgium. The unit reportedly held an emergency meeting to discuss Satudarah MC last week. Dutch journalist Robert Bas warned of the danger of gang warfare: "The relationship between Satudarah and the Hell's Angels is fraught with tension. Satudarah gets on well with the Bandidos, the sworn enemies of the Hell's Angels." The new Belgian chapter is called Satudarah Belgium District 9. The location of the Antwerp club house is not yet known. The Belgian chapter is being led from nearby Bergen op Zoom in the Netherlands for the time-being.

Hells Angels member from Brewster sentenced in RI on gun charge

A man prosecutors say has admitted being a member of the New York chapter of the Hells Angels has been sentenced in Rhode Island to 15 years in federal prison for violating a law barring felons from carrying firearms. Federal prosecutors said Friday that 42-year-old Christian Rufino, of Brewster, was sentenced as an armed career criminal. Prosecutors say Rufino has convictions in Massachusetts for assault and battery by a dangerous weapon and armed robbery with intent to murder. They also say he was convicted in federal court in Maine of bank robbery by force, violence and intimidation. Prosecutors say Rufino was arrested in Cranston, R.I., in 2009 when he was stopped for speeding and police found cocaine, a loaded handgun and ammunition in the vehicle. He pleaded guilty to the weapons charge last year.

Hells Angels member sentenced in RI on gun charge

Saturday, 28 April 2012

A man prosecutors say has admitted being a member of the New York chapter of the Hells Angels has been sentenced in Rhode Island to 15 years in federal prison for violating a law barring felons from carrying firearms. Federal prosecutors said Friday that 42-year-old Christian Rufino, of Brewster, N.Y., was sentenced as an armed career criminal. Prosecutors say Rufino has convictions in Massachusetts for assault and battery by a dangerous weapon and armed robbery with intent to murder. They also say he was convicted in federal court in Maine of bank robbery by force, violence and intimidation. Prosecutors say Rufino was arrested in Cranston, R.I., in 2009 when he was stopped for speeding and police found cocaine, a loaded handgun and ammunition in the vehicle. He pleaded guilty to the weapons charge last year.

What is clear is that outlaw bikies are the visible tip of a much bigger criminal iceberg

Friday, 27 April 2012

The South Australian Government says organised crime groups, including bikie gangs, pose a clear danger to public safety. What is clear is that outlaw bikies are the visible tip of a much bigger criminal iceberg John Rau SA Attorney-General John Rau, in an address to the Police Association, said organised crime was an intertwined beast, with visible bikie gangs and other groups which tried hard to keep their activities concealed. "What is clear is that outlaw bikies are the visible tip of a much bigger criminal iceberg," he said. Mr Rau said police were monitoring the activities of 15 motorcycle gangs. He said those involved in organised crime were parasites on an otherwise healthy community. Mr Rau again said the SA Government was determined to give police the powers they needed to deal with gangs and anti-crime legislation before the SA Parliament would boost their powers to tackle organised crime.

Steven Gareau, an Ottawa drug dealer condemned to life in prison in 2000 as a Hells Angels contract killer

Steven Gareau, an Ottawa drug dealer condemned to life in prison in 2000 as a Hells Angels contract killer, has won a new trial after filing a handwritten appeal to court from his jail cell. Gareau, now 56, filed the handwritten appeal last year on several grounds — notably that the trial judge erred when she told the jury they could consider as evidence the fact that his co-conspirators in the killing had previously been found guilty. The appeal court of Nova Scotia — where the homicide plot was executed in October 2000 — ruled this week that the trial judge made a “fatal error” when she told the jury in her charge they could consider that evidence. “Specifically the judge told the jury that they could use this evidence against this appellant when considering his guilt or innocence,” the appeal court ruled. Gareau’s conviction as a Hells Angels hit man has been set aside. His new trial date has not yet been scheduled, but top Ottawa Mounties didn’t waste any time reaching out to their prized Hells Angels informant, who testified against Gareau in the murder of Sean Simmons, a 31-year-old steamship checker on the Halifax waterfront. On Thursday, a senior Mountie handler texted Paul Derry, the informant now on the run from the biker gang and making his home under a new name in a series of roadside motels. It was unusual for the Mounties to be reaching out to Derry, because their relationship soured years ago. But while driving a minivan outside of Toronto Thursday, the informant got a text from a Mountie telling him that Gareau had won a new trial. There may be a new trial — but there may not be a star witness. Prosecutors who won a conviction against Gareau relied almost exclusively on the informant’s testimony. Derry, however, told the Citizen that he won’t testify again unless he’s afforded protection and paid cash money, like he was for the months leading up to the original trial. Reached Thursday night, Derry told the Citizen: “I don’t know about testifying. I would only do it again if I was protected, and to be honest, I’m uncomfortable with it if the Mounties are in charge of my protection. “My father said it best. He was in the navy on big ships, but always told me he would have felt safer in a canoe with a .22,” Derry said. “The Mounties couldn’t protect me if they tried.” Derry was the getaway driver in the 2000 killing. He drove the car, supplied the gun and later buried it. But he was spared charges when he made a deal with police and prosecutors. He was granted immunity in exchange for turning state’s evidence. Derry had been playing both sides of the law for 17 years. He was a drug dealer and had wormed his way into the Hells Angels Halifax chapter, getting so close that he dealt their drug supply on that city’s streets. Gareau worked as a dealer for Derry in Ottawa and later Halifax, but had no idea that his drug boss was a longtime police informant. Derry knew about the murder plot against Simmons, but told court that his underling, Gareau, may not have known. Still, a jury convicted Gareau for first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder even though he never squeezed the trigger, and testified in his own defence saying that he thought he was only at Simmons’ apartment building to finish a drug deal. He told the jury he knew nothing about the murder plot. Gareau did however track down the victim, and stood next to the killer as he shot Simmons in the head in the hallway of a Halifax apartment building.

Bikie lawyer blasts police 'media stunt'

Bikies are accusing police of an expensive media stunt, after only two men were arrested in widespread raids across Sydney's west. Strike Force Kinnarra was timed to coincide with a ban on bikie colours in Kings Cross - which came into effect this morning. Police are warning bikies to expect more arrests. In total 160 police swooped on 18 homes and businesses at dawn, seizing firearms as a result of the raids on properties with alleged links to the Hells Angels and Nomads outlaw bikie gangs. The two men - aged 18 and 36 - were charged with drug and gun offences, as well as obstructing the raids, while another five men have been issued court attendance notices. Drive-by attacks on the homes of senior Hells Angels Mahmoud Dib and Jeffrey Sahyoun last week were among at least seven tit-for-tat attacks that police say were part of a turf war with the Nomads over drugs and membership. The attacks also targeted other senior bikies, associates and tattoo parlours. AUDIO: NSW Police warn of more large operations against outlaw bikies (PM) Meanwhile, Sam Ibrahim's wife and children have returned home to Bella Vista in a four-wheel drive which was also searched by police this morning. The family of the former Nomads boss is rattled, but say they are doing well. But lawyer for the United Motorcycle Council Wayne Baffksy says he is stunned only drugs, two guns and knuckledusters were seized in the large-scale operation. "I don't know how they justified raiding 18 places, I don't know how they got 18 search warrants, or how they legally justified that," Mr Baffsky said. "But certainly from what they discovered, which is absolutely minimal and I presume it's only from one location, I don't see how they justified the other 17 houses. "It seems to be a big show put on to try and make the public think the police are doing something." Acting Assistant Police Commissioner Mal Lanyon is warning more bikies will be charged. "I'm very confident that out of today's raids, people will be charged with additional offences. This is but the tip of the iceberg," he said. "It's actually an outstanding result today. We've obtained a lot of intelligence which will actually help us to prevent violence. But the Assistant Commissioner concedes he cannot give any guarantees the arrests will stop the turf war between the two groups. "What I can say to you is that we are 100 per cent committed to stopping that violence, and ensuring the public's safety and the public should be very comforted by the fact of today's raids, and the fact that we will continue in our mission to stop them," he said. "We have seized a large amount of items which will be subject to forensic examination and further persons will be charged."

Shooting a 'warning' from rival bikie gang

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

SIMMERING tension between rival bikie gangs exploded on the Gold Coast yesterday with the drive-by shooting of a tattoo parlour in the heart of Bandidos territory. Police fear the attack could be a push for territory by the Hells Angels as the outlaw gang seeks a toehold on the lucrative Glitter Strip. Less than 24 hours after police commissioner Bob Atkinson told the Bulletin that bikie gangs were "one of the greatest challenges to face law enforcement", the Bandido-protected Mermaid Beach tattoo shop was hit by at least four shots in the early hours of yesterday morning.  High-ranking police yesterday said it was "inevitable" that the violence that has plagued Sydney would eventually spill across the border. "We do not believe it is directly connected to the war between the Hells Angels and the Nomads that has been unfolding in New South Wales," said police. "But it is a similar style of attack. "We know the Hells Angels have been pushing to establish a chapter on the Gold Coast -- that push is coming from Sydney. "Tradelink Drive is not their most profitable chapter." While detectives have attempted to play down the shooting, police say there is "no doubt" it was intended as a warning. The Bandidos are the largest and one of the most secretive bikie gangs on the Gold Coast. The club has gained strength as its main rival -- the Finks -- have been severely weakened with so many senior members behind bars and Bandido territory stretches south from Broadbeach. Police said last month's Hells Angels National Run was intended as a direct message to all gangs on the Gold Coast. More than 200 patched gang members descended on Surfers Paradise for the run. "These clubs are so well organised, they do nothing without a reason," police said. "You can bet they had some purpose in coming to the Gold Coast. "They taunted the Finks and nothing happened, now the Bandidos tattoo shop is shot up in the same way the gym controlled by the Hells Angels was hit a few months ago. "You join the dots." The shop is owned by a senior member of the outlaw gang who has been a patched member of the Bandidos "for years", police say. In an exclusive interview with the Bulletin, Mr Atkinson said the danger of bikie gangs was "under-rated" by the community. "The outlaw motorcycle gangs nationally present one of the greatest challenges to police. "I think the degree of that challenge and the risk they present to our society is underrated." The Gold Coast has one of the highest populations of bikie gangs in the country. Mr Atkinson said he would not be surprised if the Hells Angels were not considering a move closer to the Glitter Strip. "They are businesses, they look for opportunity so that wouldn't be a surprise," he said. "They market themselves as a group of mature men who have a love and interest in motorbikes and they do that very cleverly. The reality is they are highly sophisticated, well organised criminal enterprises that pose a genuine risk to the community and many are well represented by the finest and best lawyers who they retain to represent them." South East Region Assistant Commissioner Graham Rynders said the gangs were constantly looking to expand. "One of things about OMCGs is they look for opportunity for criminal enterprise," Mr Rynders said. "Throughout Queensland, throughout the country, probably throughout the world they are looking to expand. It is obviously dictated to by territory, depending on who or what other groups exist in what areas."

Jury hears grisly details about murder scene

Police discovered a grisly scene on Sept. 10, 2000, when they entered a Cogmagun Road home in Hants County. “It was a very brutal scene,” Cpl. Shawn Sweeney, who was a constable with the Windsor rural RCMP detachment that day, testified Tuesday in Nova Scotia Supreme Court in Kentville. It was the second day of trial for Leslie Douglas Greenwood, 42, who is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in connection with the deaths of Barry Kirk Mersereau, 48, and his wife, Nancy Paula Christensen, 47. Sweeney, a Crown witness, testified that he and four other police officers who responded to a 911 call found Christensen sitting upright in a chair in the living room of her Centre Burlington home with a bullet wound in her left cheek, under her glasses. She had a cup of tea in her hand and a small dog was sitting in her lap. There were several bullet casings and lead fragments scattered on the floor. Mersereau was lying face down, with pools of blood around his head and body. Another dog, believed to be a German shepherd-Rottweiler mix, was hiding under covers on the bed in the master bedroom. A third dog was tied to the front porch and another had run off into the woods. Sweeney told Chief Justice Joseph Kennedy and the seven-woman, five-man jury hearing the case that the house appeared to be neat and orderly, with no signs of struggle. “It didn’t appear to be a house that was rifled through or things thrown around,” Sweeney testified. Const. Glenn Bonvie told the court it was immediately obvious that Mersereau and Christensen were dead. “There was no movement. There was no doubt that they were deceased.” Crown witness Ronald Connors owned a hunting cabin in the woods about half a kilometre away from the couple’s house. He testifed that he heard several shots at about 8:15 p.m. on Sept. 9. Connors said he heard six shots fired in quick succession, followed by a pause and a couple more shots. Moments later, there were more shots. He said he thought at first someone might be jacking deer, but Connors concluded that the shots didn’t sound like those from a high-powered hunting rifle. The jury was shown a video of the two bodies as they were found. Former RCMP officer David Clace, then in charge of the RCMP’s forensics identification unit in New Minas, said a large amount of money was found in plastic bags in a gym bag in one of the bedroom closets. The bag was later determined to contain about $65,000 in cash. Crown attorney Peter Craig has told the court that the victims were shot to death in their home in an execution-style killing as part of a Hells Angels-ordered killing. “They were killed in their home in a quiet community, with a teapot on the stove, with no signs of struggle and their baby in the next room,” Craig told the jury. He said evidence presented by as many as 40 Crown witnesses will show that Michael Lawrence and Greenwood murdered the couple on the orders of Jeffrey Lynds, a former Hells Angels operative who died recently in a Montreal jail of an apparent suicide. Lawrence, who owed Lynds money, pleaded guilty last January to three charges of first-degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole for 25 years. Also killed that day, by Lawrence, was Charles Maddison, an innocent man who picked Lawrence up hitchhiking. Lawrence shot him to take his truck to commit a planned robbery. Craig said Lawrence, expected to be a crucial Crown witness, will testify that he and Greenwood shot the couple, one with a .357 Magnum, the other with a 32-calibre handgun, in what he called “planned and deliberate” killings. The couple’s 18-month-old baby boy was safely recovered from the house by neighbour Ruby McKenzie, who went to the victim’s home the day after the shootings. McKenzie said she brought the baby back to her mobile home and called police. Greenwood sat quietly during the proceedings, occasionally exchanging comments with his lawyer, Alain Begin. Begin is expected to argue that Greenwood went to the Mersereau house the day of the shootings to buy drugs, and that Lawrence shot the couple while Greenwood was waiting outside. Also charged with first-degree murder in the killings is Curtis Blair Lynds, 36, who is serving time in a federal prison for drug trafficking. A preliminary inquiry in his case is scheduled to begin July 16.

Bikies' colours banned from Kings Cross

Monday, 23 April 2012

 The New South Wales Government will ban bikie colours in licensed premises in Sydney's Kings Cross as part of a range of measures targeting outlaw bikie gangs. Bikies will also be banned from working in tattoo parlours, with legislative changes set to give the police commissioner the final say on whether a particular person can own the business. The proposed changes to the Criminal Organisations Act will see police given the power to use drug and ballistics dogs to search tattoo parlours without warrant. The measures are aimed at stifling the growing feud between rival bikie gangs the Hells Angels and the Nomads, who are believed to be behind a spate of Sydney shootings. Police believe the Hells Angels were behind two drive-by shootings in Sydney's north-west on Thursday night, and authorities are bracing for a further escalation in the gang war. Authorities say the overnight shootings are related to five others over the past week. Premier Barry O'Farrell says the director-general of the Department of Trade and Industry has agreed to pass regulations that will see 23 bikie gangs banned from wearing colours at 58 Kings Cross venues. He says the new laws will give police the tools they need to tackle the "shooting spree" that is affecting Sydney. "This is about sending a clear message that if you're wearing bikie colours, it doesn't make you beyond the reach of the law," he said. "Wearing bikie colours doesn't make you a super hero that protects you from the long arm of the law." Greater presence Commissioner Andrew Scipione says police will be making good use of the laws banning colours as soon as they become available next Friday. Mr Scipione says police are also looking forward to the changes in the Criminal Organisations Act which will give them a greater presence in tattoo parlours. The parlours will be listed a prescribed organisation, which will prevent gang members working in them. Bikie members are also banned from working in the tow truck industry, in security and in casinos. "This will allow us to get out there and do our job particularly in certain locations," he said. "This is also about assisting licensees when it comes to outlaw motorcycle gang members harassing or intimidating people - not only staff - patrons as well. "It gives the police the authority to go down there when these people have been told to leave and they refuse to quit, arrest them and if need be charge them." Mr O'Farrell says the legislation regarding tattoo parlours will be taken to cabinet on Monday. But state opposition leader John Robertson says the new measures have not been thought out properly. He says if the Premier is serious about cracking down on outlaw bikie gangs he should put more police on the streets. "This Premier needs to be sitting down with senior law enforcement officers and drawing up a plan and a strategy to bring this gun crime to an end," he said. "Yesterday we saw two shootings occur and we saw these gangs set fire to a police vehicle. "Law and order is now being run by the bikies instead of the Government in New South Wales."

Latest Sydney shooting death not linked to bikies

Police say a man shot dead in Sydney's south-west overnight had been involved in a number of earlier shootings, although none linked to bikie gang violence. Detectives have established a crime scene near the intersection of Bell Street and Schofield Street at Riverwood after a man was gunned down just after midnight. Police say paramedics tried to revive him, but he died at the scene. A man was arrested a short time later and questioned by police. He was later released without charge. Police superintendent Steve Blackmore says the victim, aged in his 30s, is believed to have been killed because of a personal feud over a debt that was owed. Superintendent Blackmore says both men were known to police, and the victim had previously been involved in public shootings. The public has been urged to avoid the area while they investigate. The latest incident comes after a spate of shootings in Sydney over the past two weeks. The New South Wales Government has announced measures targeting outlaw motorcycle gangs, which they hope will reduce the recent spate of shootings.

Adelaide bikie gang boss Vince Focarelli has mental health issues as a result of being held in appalling circumstances and being refused permission to attend his murdered son's funeral

Adelaide bikie gang boss Vince Focarelli has mental health issues as a result of being held in appalling circumstances and being refused permission to attend his murdered son's funeral, his lawyer says. Focarelli, 37, is confined to a cell 23 hours a day in a maximum security prison wing, on remand for bail breaches and alleged drug offences despite the presumption of innocence, his lawyer David Edwardson, QC, says. Mr Edwardson said Focarelli had been in custody for two months but his lawyers had received "not a single piece of paper" in support of the charges that were laid against his client as he lay in hospital in February, recovering from gunshot wounds he received in an ambush that killed his son, Giovanni, 22. Giovanni last month had a big, teary send-off from family, friends, bikies and hundreds of regulars at Friday prayers at his local mosque. Focarelli was denied bail because of authorities' concerns about the risk of attacks that could put the public and him at risk. Focarelli was also shot in December and before that was the target of a failed bomb attack by two men linked to the Hells Angels - both of whom died when the bomb exploded early. In court on Friday, Mr Edwardson asked magistrate Paul Foley to order two reports ahead of a fresh bail application. He sought one report into Focarelli's mental health and one into the circumstances of his detention. "It is, quite frankly, appalling," Mr Edwardson said. Mr Edwardson said Focarelli was allowed only three supervised, 25-minute visits a week, making it impossible to have legally privileged conversations. Mr Foley said the circumstances for refusing bail in the first place had not changed. He said he would not order the reports or hear a bail application. Police allegedly found 413 grams of the liquid drug butanediol in Focarelli's car after he and Giovanni were shot. They arrested him in hospital, where he stayed for four weeks until he was moved to Yatala prison. Focarelli refused to cooperate with police investigating the shooting and, before his hospital arrest, had spurned offers of police protection.

Ex-Comanchero Bikie Charged Over Meth Haul|

A former bikie member has allegedly been caught with nearly half a kilogram of methylamphetamine, as well as weapons and a stolen motorcycle. Police spokeswoman Susan Usher said the gang crime squad last night apprehended a 27-year-old Balga man as he pulled into his driveway about 8.15pm. The man, believed to be a former member of the Comancheros outlaw motorcycle gang, was allegedly found to be in possession of nearly 500 grams of methylamphetamine, as well as quantities of ecstasy and steroids. Advertisement: Story continues below It will be alleged the man also had a .32 calibre handgun, unlicensed ammunition, knives and a stolen Honda motorcycle and laptop. The proceeds of crime squad will also be conducting inquiries into the man's assets, including a $450,000 house and $100,000 in items found at the home. He has been charged with 12 offences, and is due to appear in Perth Magistrates Court today.

Biker In Jail For Shooting At Troopers

Saturday, 21 April 2012

An undercover operation involving the Avengers Motorcycle Gang in Raleigh County ends in a shot fired at State Troopers and four arrests. It happened Wednesday afternoon on Route 3 near the town of Harper. Three plain-clothed troopers assigned to the the Criminal Investigation Bureau had several members of the Avengers gang under surveillance. The troopers were following behind the bikers when the trouble started. "Four of the gang members ended up getting behind the troopers' vehicles and started making gestures that they had guns. And one even displayed a gun," according to State Police Sgt. Mike Baylous. The troopers were able to get out ahead of the gang members and pulled over to the side of the road. They got out of their cars and showed their department issue badge and I.D. "As the gang members went by them, one of them turned around and fired a shot off at the troopers. That gang member then proceeded to wreck his motorcycle and jumped up and got on one of the other motorcycles and they took off," said Baylous. The troopers did not have time to pull their weapons. No one was injured. A few minutes later when they were looking at the crashed motorcycle that was left behind, the troopers came face to face with the bikers again. "Two of those members came back through the scene in a pick-up truck. And at that point they were apprehended," says Baylous. The other two gang members were rounded up a short time later. Those arrested include: Delmar Kozart of Beckley who's charged with accessory after the fact, wanton endangerment and felon in possession of a firearm, Clyde Frank of Harper who's facing accessory after the fact and wanton endangerment, James Morris Jr. of Echols who was booked for accessory after the fact, wanton endangerment, possession of a concealed weapon and fleeing on a vehicle. The alleged shooter has been identified as Thomas Speck (pictured at right) of Lapeer, MI. He's charged with felon in possession of a firearm, fleeing on a vehicle, a fugitive from justice and three counts of wanton endangerment. He's being held in the Southern Regional Jail. Baylous could not disclose why the troopers had the gang members under surveillance.

Hells Angels prospect challenging peace bond

Friday, 20 April 2012

A reputed Manitoba Hells Angels prospect who cops allege helped pass on intel about gang rivals as part of an ongoing biker feud is battling a bid by justice officials to curb his freedom. Raymond Plouffe, 48, is challenging a crime prevention-related peace bond officials want to saddle him with. Similar to a probation order, the bond would oblige Plouffe to avoid all contact with members or associates of the Hells Angels and Redlined, the local HA support club. Plouffe, 48, has no criminal record and is not facing any criminal allegations. But despite that, cops allege he’s likely to engage in activity to enhance the activities of the Hells Angels (HA). Plouffe is just one of a handful of people — sources say nine — the Crown is seeking the bonds against as part of Project Flatlined, a recent police bust targeting the HA and the Redlined. Involving covert surveillance and the extensive use of wiretaps, Project Flatlined culminated with the arrest of a number of HA and Redlined members, including Dale Sweeney, a senior Hells Angel, in mid-March. The Crown has provided Judge Ray Wyant with a large binder of documentation in support of the peace-bond bid, including verbatim transcripts of taped phone calls. Plouffe is challenging the evidence, arguing much of it is hearsay and can’t be used against him. Tuesday, Det. Grant Goulet of the organized crime unit testified about the recent activities of the HA and Redlined gangs and how cops believe Plouffe ties in. During the Flatlined probe, the two gangs searched out Rock Machine members following the firebombing of an HA member’s yard, Goulet told court. Goulet testified wiretapped calls captured Plouffe talking with Dale Sweeney and reputed Redlined leader Justin MacLeod about sightings of Rock Machine rivals. “He’s out on the hunt for the Rock Machine,” Goulet testified regarding the context of the calls. Following another intercepted call involving Plouffe, MacLeod then calls Redlined members to assemble, Goulet said. Goulet’s assessment was blunt when asked why the Redlined crew would do this: “To confront (the Rock Machine) and engage in an act of violence, without a doubt,” he said. The hearing adjourned Tuesday before defence lawyer Karl Gowenlock could cross-examine Goulet. A date to continue the hearing will be set.

Who can clean up Adelaide's streets after ongoing bikie violence?

COMMUNITY groups say they have had enough of shots being fired in Adelaide's streets by lawless bikie gang members and organised crime groups. Police have blamed renegade bikies for at least eight shooting incidents in Adelaide since September 30 as well as three other incidents of firearms recklessly discharged in suburban streets. Bikie sources have told The Advertiser that there is a lawless fringe who have infiltrated organised clubs. They have no respect for the law and refuse to follow the club rules. The clubs simply do not want to attract so much attention. At least two outlaw gangs - the Hells Angels, at Mansfield Park, and The Newboys, at Enfield - are based in the Port Adelaide Enfield Council area. Mayor Gary Johanson says the residents were a "tolerant lot" but they have had enough of wild shootouts. Adelaide's Bikie Underworld Bikie war raises bigger fears Bikie shooting at Croydon Park Bikie war raises bigger fears Adelaide Now, 18 hours ago DPP fury as bikie violence spreads The Australian, 31 Jan 2012 Bounty hunters target Focarelli Adelaide Now, 31 Jan 2012 Bikie murder - follow the fallout Adelaide Now, 30 Jan 2012 Pub shooting linked to bikie feud Perth Now, 17 Jan 2012 "Innocent bystanders could be caught up in the gunfire and that just simply cannot be tolerated," he said, Mr Johanson is calling for "people power" to send a message to lawmakers. "Obviously the communities could unite to say this is not what they consider should be happening in their community," he said. "Sometimes it does come down to the people themselves to make a strong stand. "Our community is probably the most generous and sympathetic community of all. "We are certainly tolerant towards the motorcycle fraternity, but there's no way any of our community would condone this type of activity because eventually innocent people are going to be injured or killed." Council of the Ageing chief executive Ian Yates said the spate of shootings was happening in such random locations that the elderly were fearful. "The general reaction that I'm hearing from people who have lived in the street where (shootings) have happened is that (this sort of thing) has never happened in their street before," he said. "It creates an uncertainty and for older people that can lead to isolation and stop them going out ... We want people to feel safe. It doesn't help the peace of mind of older people or, indeed, of anybody." Mr Yates said the public perception was that police were doing all they could short of having the clubs outlawed. "Police do a lot of things we don't hear about," he said. "People appreciate that the police have no desire for this to go on and they do everything in their power to stop it." The latest attack on Wednesday, which left a man, 29, said by police to be a Hells Angels member, with serious wounds, has again unnverved the community, Mr Yates said. Criminals have no problem getting their hands on high-powered, sometimes military, firearms through the blackmarket or by stealing them from licensed owners. Firearms also are smuggled in through the ports or the hundreds of thousands of kilometres of unregulated coastline. The supply is not going to dry up any time soon but legislation aimed at controlling renegade bikies and other criminals is bogged down in Parliament. SA Attorney-General John Rau says new laws would give police the tools to stop gun-wielding criminals but sources say new laws were unlikely to stop the gunmen. "They (the gunmen) are probably in a stolen car. They probably have a stolen gun and they're shooting at a car in the street. How many laws are broken there?" a source said. "A new law won't stop them." Residents and Ratepayers Association president Kevin Kaeding says the rising concern might soon be loud enough for even Opposition politicians who are opposing the new laws. Regardless, there is distress about the repeated shootings, particularly among parents with young children, he said. "Do we have to have a major tragedy before the government and government agencies act, because this is where it's heading," Mr Kaeding said. "(Residents) actually want to see a legislation in place that a government agency can act on and protect the community." Changing community values, he said, had led to a rise in violence. But what remains unclear is how many criminals have filtered into the clubs and how many just say they are. Mr Johanson says not all the bikies are criminals, but the clubs must run them out. "In among any group, there's good and there's bad," he said. "Here's an opportunity for them to self-regulate and make sure their local communities are not living in fear and I don't believe they are. "But a lot of these so-called bikies and bikie shootings are not motorcycle riders and never have been riders."

Man killed in execution-style murder in Berkeley

Monday, 16 April 2012

POLICE say the father of a man shot dead execution-style in New South Wales wrestled with the gunman moments after the attack. Darko Janceski, 32, was shot several times early last night when a gunman arrived at his father's Berkeley house in New South Wales on a motorbike. Superintendent Wayne Starling says the father heard the shots and ran outside to confront the man responsible. "The father has also raced out when he's heard the gunshots fired and engaged in a fight with the person who fired the shots," he said. "A number of superficial wounds were sustained by Mr Janceski's father and he's been treated by ambulance [authorities] and is in a satisfactory condition. "It's remarkable that the father went out and confronted a bloke with a firearm to try and save his son.'' The man who fired the shots escaped on the motorbike. Supt Starling says no-one has been arrested yet, but Darko Janceski was known to police. Police say  Mr Janceski was shot in the leg during another attack two months ago and his home was firebombed. Paramedics worked to revive Mr Janceski, and rushed him to Wollongong Hospital, but he is understood to have been deceased on arrival. Police said they are confident Mr Janceski’s killing was targeted, and are now looking at links between his murder, and an attempt on his life in November. Supt Starling said his father was too distressed to give police a statement yet. "The family is devastated over the incident,'' Supt Starling said. Police have established Strike Force Eve to investigate the incident and are yet to identify any suspects. Mr Janceski was also seriously injured when he was shot in the upper thigh in November. He spent weeks in hospital recovering, during what police said was an attempted murder. He had not long been kicked out of the local chapter of a bikie hang, when the first shooting took place.

Arizona biker riot trial ends in acquittal

A jury in northwest Arizona didn't buy the prosecution theory that a motorcycle gang turf war led to a fight between members of rival clubs in June 2009. It returned not guilty verdicts in Kingman on Wednesday in the three-week trial of members of the Hells Angels or Desert Road Riders clubs. Dale Hormuth of Kingman, Stephen Helland of Golden Valley, and Rudolfo Martinez and Gerald Smith of Rimrock were acquitted of charges of rioting and assisting a criminal street gang for a fight with two members of the Vagos motorcycle club at Lazy Harry's bar in Bullhead City. Defense attorney Jeff James conceded guilty verdicts might have been returned had the case instead been charged as an assault or disorderly conduct. "I just thought it was never a riot," James said. "It was an altercation between a couple of people in a bar that just happened to have Hells Angels 'cuts' on with other motorcycle gang members, but it just wasn't a riot." Defense attorneys Vince Iannone and Brad Rideout said justice has been served while Christian Ackerley went further, questioning prosecution of the case. "It's been my belief all along, and I said this during my closing argument, that I believe the reason this case was prosecuted was because of the result of pressure put on the county attorney's office by law enforcement," Ackerley said. "They have an agenda, and that agenda is against the Hells Angels." Co-defendant George "Joby" Walters took a plea deal in the same case and is serving a 2½-year prison term.

2 members of violent Wheels of Soul outlaws gang sentenced to prison

Friday, 13 April 2012

Two Chicago members of a violent motorcycle gang have been sentenced to lengthy prison terms after pleading guilty to drug trafficking charges, among 18 members of the Wheels of Soul outlaws who were indicted last summer. U.S. District Judge Catherine Perry in St. Louis on Wednesday sentenced Thomas “Qball” Bailey, 41, to nearly 16 years in prison. Meanwhile, Maurice Thomas, 32, was sentenced to nearly five years in prison. Federal prosecutors say the Wheels of Soul Outlaw Motorcycle Gang was based in Philadelphia but had chapters in more than 20 states. Bailey and Thomas, both from Chicago, pleaded guilty in January to trafficking crack cocaine as part of their involvement with the gang. Bailey, who had a long criminal record including multiple drug-related offenses, also acknowledged that he had agreed to the killing of an insubordinate member of the gang as punishment for repeated transgressions, and that he conspired with other Wheels of Soul members to dispose of a gun used in a murder in Chicago in January 2011. Thomas received the much lighter sentence in part because he had no prior convictions. Federal investigators began looking into the Wheels of Soul in 2009 after alleged members of the St. Louis chapter shot and killed a member of the rival Sin City Titans gang. That shooting came weeks after members were told that the Mother Chapter of the Wheels of Soul had declared “open season” on the Sin City Titans, according to the indictment announced in June. In addition to the Chicago killings, a gang member is also accused of shooting three victims in the back as they fled from a party in Marion, Ohio, in March 2011. One of those victims died and another was seriously wounded. Federal prosecutors have described a gang involved in breathtaking violence and said gang members raised money through robberies and by distributing drugs, especially crack cocaine, but also heroin.

Down but not out, 'Bad' Bandido has his day in court

Wednesday, 11 April 2012


TATTOOED on the left side of Toby Mitchell’s shaven head are the words ‘‘Sargent De Arms’’. Underneath are the words ‘‘Bad Company’’. And on his left thumb is ‘‘666’’, considered to be the number of the beast. By any measure Mitchell, 37, remains an intimidating figure despite needing a walking stick to get around since he was shot five times in the back in November last year. Mitchell, enforcer for one of the most notorious bikie gangs in Australia, appeared in the Melbourne Magistrates Court yesterday on three driving charges. The Bandidos sergeant-at-arms pleaded guilty to two counts of driving while his licence had been suspended and one count of driving an unroadworthy vehicle. Magistrate Lance Martin said he decided not to jail Mitchell after taking into account his ongoing health problems in the five months since he was ambushed and gunned down. Mr Martin said Mitchell’s 10previous convictions for similar offences meant he would normally have received an immediate jail sentence. The magistrate said that Mitchell’s driving record showed he held court orders in contempt and had little regard for other road users, but significant weight had to be given to the injuries the bikie had received in the shooting and his early guilty plea. Mr Martin sentenced Mitchell to four months’ jail wholly suspended for 24 months, disqualified him from driving for six months and fined him $400 plus court costs of $67.70. Defence lawyer Theo Magazis told the court Mitchell had grown up in South Melbourne and left school after year10 to work as a labourer. Mitchell developed an interest in weightlifting and went on to become a champion kickboxer but his career ended when he broke his hand. Mr Magazis said Mitchell was working as a personal trainer when shot outside Doherty’s Gym, next door to the Bandidos clubhouse, in Weston Street, Brunswick, on November 28. Mitchell was shot five times in the back and suffered serious, life-threatening injuries. He was taken to Royal Melbourne Hospital where he spent a significant amount of time in the intensive care unit before stabilising and being transferred to the hospital’s recovery unit. Mitchell then suffered a setback with continuous and uncontrollable bleeding from the liver. The bikie lost one kidney, had significant damage to his liver and little movement in his right wrist where one of the bullets hit him. Mr Magazis said there was a striking difference between the man who appeared in court yesterday and the man prior to the shooting. Mitchell had gone from a ‘‘very strong, fit, motivated young man’’ to someone who had been left with ‘‘significant health issues to deal with’’. He is now taking 10 different medications, needs to have fluid constantly drained from his liver and sees his doctors regularly. He has little feeling in his hip. The shooting had taken both a physical and emotional toll on him.

POLICE yesterday enlisted the expertise of a geophysicist with ground-penetrating radar to search for the remains of a man believed to be buried beneath the concrete slab of a Sydney house.

 Detectives watched as every centimetre of ground at the home in Excelsior St, Merrylands, was examined with the device in the hope of finding human bones beneath the surface. Investigators suspect the body of Craig Sarac, 24, was buried beneath the slab soon after his disappearance seven years ago. Police will continue the search for two days. The hunt for a Sydney underworld figure who used to own the house will now move to Lebanon. Police suspect he might know something about the disappearance.Mr Sarac, who police said was linked to bikies and underworld identities, went missing from his parents' Auburn home in 2005. Superintendent Phil Rogerson said recent developments had led police to suspect Mr Sarac's body was dumped beneath the slab of the house, which was under construction around the time he vanished. The then-owner of the house, Atef Kanj, moved to Lebanon late last year. Recommended Coverage Dig for Cengiz Sarac's remains begins POLICE will begin to dig up a Merrylands backyard today where they believe the remains of underworld figure Cengiz Sarac are buried. "We would like to speak with the homeowner ... or anyone else who might know something about Mr Sarac," Supt Rogerson said. Police sources revealed Mr Kanj was questioned over the 2006 shooting death of up-and-coming professional boxer Bassam Chami, 26, who was gunned down in a Granville street along with his friend Ibrahim Assad, 27. Police said Mr Kanj is also wanted for questioning by detectives from strike force Felix, set up last October to investigate the growing tensions among bikie gangs around Parramatta. Police sources said there were a number of underworld killings in 2005 and 2006, which were largely drug related, and they suspect Mr Sarac may have become involved. The owners of the Merrylands house, an Asian couple who live there with their son and nephew, knew nothing of the home's possible grisly past until police knocked on their door late last week. Now, they are anxious about returning. "It is very distressing for us ... my aunt and uncle would not have bought this house if they knew this," nephew Antony said. Mr Sarac's family visited the scene of the search yesterday, hoping for much-needed closure.  

Bikies ''spoke'' to by police after brutal bashing

POLICE said they spoke with bikie gang members after the brutal bashing of a man in Seven Hills but have not yet charged anyone. Just after midnight on Sunday, a 28-year-old man with multiple stab wounds, two broken ankles, two fractured knee caps, two broken arms, cuts and abrasions was found by emergency services at Seven Hills train station, police said. Despite the seriousness of the victim’s injuries, he would not cooperate with investigators, other than to say he was assaulted at another location, police said. Paramedics took the man to Westmead Hospital in a serious but stable condition. Police said they then attended a bikie club on the Prospect Highway, Seven Hills, to ‘‘try and determine the circumstances surrounding the incident’’. No witnesses to the assault have come forward and police said it would be difficult to investigate without the victim’s co-operation. Gang Squad detectives will continue their inquires.

Paul 'Sasquatch' Porter, Hells Angels president, pleads guilty to cocaine possession

The president of the Hells Angels Nomads pleaded guilty to possessing nearly a quarter of a kilogram of cocaine Tuesday, sparing his girlfriend a potential criminal conviction and prison sentence. Paul (Sasquatch) Porter admitted he was the one who possessed 248.1 grams of cocaine with a street value of about $14,000. Federal prosecutor Pam Larmondin said police found the drugs in his girlfriend’s purse after stopping the pair in Porter’s 1964 Cadillac Deville on Sept. 12, 2009.

Former national Commanchero bikie boss, Mahmoud "Mick" Hawi has been sentenced to at least 21 years in jail for the murder of Hells Angels associate Anthony Zervas in the infamous Sydney Airport brawl.

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Mr Zervas, 29, was bludgeoned with a bollard and stabbed in the chest and abdomen during the brawl on March 22, 2009, which shocked bystanders and the city more broadly.

Today, Hawi, 31, was sentenced in the NSW Supreme Court to a maximum of 28 years in jail with a non-parole period of 21 years. This followed a marathon trial, which concluded on November 2 last year, when Hawi was found guilty of murder and affray.

Behind bars ... Mick Hawi.

Behind bars ... Mick Hawi.

The sentencing judge, Justice Robert Allan Hulme, said the Commancheros and Hells Angels had assembled at the airport after being contacted by gang members on a plane from Melbourne.

Hells Angels chapter president Derek Wainohu, who was on the plane and felt intimidated by Hawi and other Commancheros present, sent a text for help and, in response, a number of Hells Angels, including Mr Zervas, went to the airport.

There were a series of scuffles in which 12 Commancheros confronted five Hells Angels, punching and kicking each other and attacking each other with heavy metal bollards in the departure lounge.

Anthony Zervas's mother, Frederika Bromwich, leaves court.

Anthony Zervas's mother, Frederika Bromwich, leaves court today. Photo: Jacky Ghossein

Mr Zervas died during the brawl.

Five other Commanchero members were also tried for murder. They were found not guilty, found guilty of manslaughter or are facing retrials after the jury was hung.

A further six members or associates of the Commancheros were subsequently convicted of a range of offences including riot, affray and assault.

Anthony Zervas ... killed during a brawl at Sydney Airport.

Anthony Zervas ... killed during a brawl at Sydney Airport.

"This was a shocking and violent crime," Justice Hulme said.

"The deceased was killed in an act of retribution because he dared to attack the president of the Commenchero. No one, in his mind, was going to get away with that."

Justice Hulme described how many of those who saw the brawl were left in a state of shock, including a young mother who, after protecting her child, was "frozen in fear".

"The fighting, though short-lived, was shocking and vicious," he said.

"There was a large crowd of innocent bystanders. They were shocked and frightened that such violence could occur in such a public place."

Justice Hulme said the Commenchero had been in conflict with the Hells Angels for some time.

"A business being conducted by persons associated with the Hells Angels in Brighton-Le-Sands had been firebombed. A Hells Angels controlled tattoo parlour in Petersham was the subject of a drive-by shooting. A Hells Angels clubhouse in Crystal Street, Petersham, had been bombed.

"It was the belief of police that the Comanchero were responsible for each of these incidents."

He said a chance meeting with Mr Wainohu, on the flight from Melbourne and the summoning of reinforcements to Sydney Airport led to the riot that culminated in the death of Mr Zervas.

"Anthony Zervas was the first to make a move by attacking the offender [Hawi]. It was a pre-emptive strike in the face of an inevitable attack but it was foolish in the extreme. He was 161 centimetres tall and weighed only 58 kilograms while [Hawi] was 178 centimetres tall with a muscular build. A witness description of a man having 'arms as big as legs was apt for the offender'."

Hawi stood, chin raised, as the judge delivered the sentence.

Mr Zervas's mother, Frederika Bromwich, broke down in court after the sentence was read and nearly fainted outside court as - flanked by her daughters - she addressed the media.

"No punishment is enough for the loss of my son," a shaky and tearful Ms Bromwich said.

"I just pray that he gets the punishment he deserves. My son didn't deserve to die in that way."

Cops make life hell for Angels

Cancel the pig roast, scrap the poker run and forget about the Halloween bash -- the Hells Angels are not exactly in a partying mood. The Manitoba chapter can thank police and justice officials for raining on their annual parades and tearing apart what's left of their organization. The Free Press has uncovered details of a campaign being waged in the courts following a recent undercover sting that dealt a serious blow to the Hells Angels. At least seven members and associates have been arrested in recent weeks, despite no evidence they have committed crimes. More arrests are expected. All these people are being hit with rarely used peace bonds under Section 810 of the Criminal Code, which states they are likely to "commit a criminal offence for the benefit of a criminal organization." Sources say this is one of the first times Manitoba justice officials have used peace bonds to fight organized crime. All those arrested are held in custody until they deal with the court order, which officials traditionally use against high-risk sex offenders or convicted killers who have served every day of their sentence and are about to re-enter the community. Several Hells Angels members and associates who were arrested have agreed to the peace-bond terms and were released. But freedom comes with a hefty price. Terms of the year-long court orders include having no contact with any Hells Angels member or associate in the province -- a list of people that runs three typed pages and includes more than 50 names. Any breaches of the conditions would result in a stand-alone criminal offence and would be grounds for immediate arrest. The peace bonds have 13 other terms, including a midnight curfew and an order not to possess any gang clothing or paraphernalia. Police arrested nine Hells Angels members and associates last month as part of Project Flatlined and laid a number of drug and gang-related charges. Those arrested include president Dale Sweeney, who had several vehicles, including a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, seized under the Criminal Property Forfeiture Act, which allows authorities to take possession of the proceeds of crime. The remaining few members and associates who weren't snared by the criminal investigation, including Sweeney's brother, Rod, are being caught in the peace-bond net. The result is that almost every person linked to the Manitoba Hells Angels is either in custody or barred from having contact with any other member or associate. Insp. Rick Guyader of the Winnipeg police organized crime unit said last month the Manitoba Hells Angels may be in violation of the biker gang's charter, which requires at least seven active members. Operation Flatlined was the fourth major bust of the Manitoba Hells Angels since 2006. Unlike in the previous roundups, police did not use a paid informant in Flatlined. Sources told the Free Press the undercover probe relied on court-ordered wiretaps that allowed police to gain insight and evidence. The Flatlined code name is a reference to the Redlined Support Crew, a puppet club of the Hells Angels. The Hells Angels created the Redlined gang in 2010 to stand up to other criminal networks that might muscle in on their drug turf after many of their members were arrested and jailed in the other police stings. At the top of the list of rival gangs was the Rock Machine, which waged war with the Hells Angels in Quebec during the 1990s but hasn't had much presence in Manitoba until recently. Tensions escalated last summer when more than a dozen reported incidents, including drive-by shootings and firebombings between Redlined and Rock Machine members, prompted police to canvass neighbourhoods where well-known biker-gang members lived to warn residents an active gang war was underway.

Man sought for questioning in slaying

Friday, 6 April 2012

Scott Smith
Brandon James Gann, 30, should be considered armed and dangerous, San Joaquin County sheriff's Detective Lawrence Gardiman said.
"He has a long history of associating with outlaw motorcycle groups," Gardiman said.
At the time of the shooting, Gann was a known associate of the Hells Angels Nomads. He has lived in Oakdale and Redding, but detectives said his whereabouts are unknown. He has relatives and friends in Modesto.
The shooting was in retaliation against a rival motorcycle gang, Gardiman said.
About 6:30 p.m. Aug. 15, detectives say Danny Martinez, 26, of Lathrop and another man were shot while outside a business in the 17000 block of Ideal Parkway, off Highway 120 east of Manteca.
The shooting victims were full patch members of the Most Envied Motorcycle Club. The second man survived his injuries.
Gann is described as 6 feet tall, 245 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes.

Santa Rosa Hells Angels Leader Sentenced to Prison in Mortgage Fraud Scheme

Josh Leo Johnson was sentenced yesterday to 12 months in custody and ordered to pay $130,000 in restitution to SunTrust Mortgage for his role in a mortgage fraud scheme, United States Attorney Melinda Haag announced. The defendant, the current vice president of the Hells Angels Sonoma Chapter, pleaded guilty on December 13, 2011 to wire fraud. According to the plea agreement, Johnson admitted that from 2006 until 2007, he was involved in a conspiracy with others to fraudulently obtain mortgage loans. Specifically, in May 2007 he signed loan applications containing materially false statements for real property in Healdsburg, California. These false statements caused interstate wire transfers of loan funds from mortgage lenders directly to Johnson’s account. Some examples of the false statements contained in the loan applications included that Johnson was the owner of a fictitious company for several years and making a large and recurring salary. The documents supporting the loan applications also contained altered bank statements in Johnson’s name to reflect a series of inflated balances in his bank account. The loan applications Johnson submitted ultimately resulted in a loss to the lender of approximately $135,000, though the amount of loss in the overall conspiracy is at least several million dollars. Johnson, 36, of Santa Rosa, California, was indicted by a federal grand jury on September 1, 2011. He was charged with conspiracy to commit bank and wire fraud and with wire fraud. He pleaded guilty to wire fraud.

DETECTIVES are attempting to get a Rebels bikie banned from Darwin CBD for being a wally.

Thursday, 5 April 2012


 CCTV footage shows the 26-year-old member of the Rebels Darwin chapter bouncing on the footpath in a boxer's stance, allegedly challenging males outside nightclub HP Underground. Security guards watch on unimpressed as two long-suffering friends of the bikie try to placate him. The bikie eventually pulls off his shirt Incredible Hulk-style, allegedly making a few more threats at a confused clubber before wandering off down Mitchell Street. BIKIES have a history of bar fights in the Top End Detective Senior Sergeant Mark Stringer said the man became aggressive after he was removed from HP Underground by security for being drunk. "It will be alleged that during his tirade of verbal abuse (he) made clear his involvement with the outlaw motorcycle gang in an effort to intimidate patrons," Det Sen Sgt Stringer said. Police were able to identify the man through CCTV footage and arrested him yesterday morning. "Anti-social behaviour by members of outlaw motorcycle groups or any other members of the public will not be tolerated by the NT Police; and people are encouraged to report anti-social behaviour incidents to authorities," the Det Snr Sgt Stringer said. The man was charged with one count of disorderly behaviour in public. Detectives are seeking approval for an exclusion order from the central business district for 12 months under the Liquor Act. He was bailed to appear in court next month. NT Police have been watching the Rebels closely as they try to establish a chapter in the Top End and recruit locals. The Darwin chapter had a dozen member in October last year.

Members of Florida White Supremacist Biker Club Arrested


Six bikers, some of whom were members of a white supremacist biker gang, were arrested in Florida and Chicago on drugs and explosives charges following a three-year undercover police investigation by a variety of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. Arrested were Leah Klose and Brian Klose of St. Cloud, Florida; Ronald Cusack of St. Cloud; Deborah Plowman (arrested in Chicago); Carlos Eugene Dubos of Orlando, and Harold Johnson Kinlaw of Orange County, Florida. Brian Klose, Cusack, Dubose, and Kinlaw were charged with threatening to throw a destructive device, while several suspects were charged with trafficking in prescription drugs and other offenses. Kusack and several other suspects were members of the 1st Kavallerie Brigade of Aryan Nations, a white supremacist biker club started in early 2008 by white supremacist August Kreis, who also headed a faction of the neo-Nazi group Aryan Nations at the time. A small group, its members mostly came from South Carolina, Florida, and Tennessee. Ron Cusack was the “brigade commander” for the Kavallerie Brigade. The remaining suspects arrested were members of the far larger Outlaws Motorcycle Club. This club, one of the major outlaw biker gangs in the United States, has had strong ties with white supremacists in Florida. The arrests are likely to lead to the demise of the Kavallerie Brigade, especially since its founder Kreis pleaded guilty in 2011 to federal fraud charges and is in ill health.

A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty

A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty

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