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Canada 'Welcome to the family': Hells Angels rebrand in B. But other Hells Angels from some of the gang's other B. Advertisement This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. Article content The notorious biker gang recently celebrated the launch of its Hardside chapter with a party on St. We apologize, but this video has failed to load.
Try refreshing your browser, or tap here to see other videos from our team. Handout Hardside was formed after the Haney chapter split into two groups in February. They have come to the point where they are reconfiguring and rebranding. Article content A long-running legal battle between the B. Director of Civil Forfeiture and three Hells Angels chapters over the ownership of their clubhouses is expected to go to trial in May.
Winpenny said there are now Hells Angels members provincewide, which is up from about just three years ago. The expansion has happened despite increased enforcement by police in recent years. Two Kelowna Hells Angels were recently convicted in a major cocaine-conspiracy case. One of them, David Giles, will be sentenced Friday in B.
Supreme Court. But when Surrey RCMP said they would crack down on any attempt by the Hells Angels to open a clubhouse in the city, the gang started meeting weekly at a Langley pub instead.
Retired Vancouver police biker cop Brad Stephen said that in his view, the latest split resulted from a differing approach to being a Hells Angel between old-timers and generally younger members. It has happened before in B. In the mids, some younger members of the East End Vancouver chapter broke away to join the Nomads. And then in , the Langley-based White Rock chapter splintered with younger members forming West Point.
Join the conversation Police displayed the five kilograms of coke seized as part of its Project Entry investigation at a news conference on Aug. As important as the illegal drug seizures are, police said they felt the biggest success of the investigation was the "complete disruption" of the cocaine distribution network.
Advertisement This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. Article content For close to a year, police had been keeping tabs on the year-old, a man they allege is a full-patch member of the Dirty Few Motorcycle Club, a known Hells Angels support club. We apologize, but this video has failed to load. It was just before 7 a. The white cruiser was not really in pursuit, but the officer blocked Daly from using an approaching off-ramp.
The officer cannot be named because of his role in the investigation. Article content Seconds later an unmarked police pickup truck hurtled in behind Daly, its red and blue lights flashing. Daly pulled over immediately. Wearing a black flak jacket emblazoned with ALERT in neat white lettering, a six-foot three-inch hulk of an officer stepped out of the pickup truck accompanied by another stocky officer wearing a police-issued camouflage coat, a backward baseball cap and sunglasses.
Without a fuss, struggle or barely a raised voice, Daly was arrested. With a cigarette dangling from his bottom lip, he was handcuffed, put in the back of yet another police vehicle and driven away. Article content A glittery gold Harley, a Dirty Few motorcycle club sticker on the front windshield and Hells Angels supporter stickers on the rear, sat nearby.
It too was impounded. Within the next week, 10 people were arrested across the province as part of the complex covert operation involving wire taps, GPS vehicle tracking, intercepted phone calls, encrypted messages and dozens of undercover cocaine buys.
Police allege Daly is a full-patch member of the Dirty Few motorcycle club and charged him in connection with a provincewide cocaine trafficking network. And operations like Project Entry are part of the sledgehammer they use against serious crime.
Chad Coles said is necessary. Based on research compiled by independent experts on law enforcement and interviews with police, this is how the biker gang took control. As the infamous Quebec biker war between the Hells Angels and their rivals Rock Machine was leaving a trail of dead bodies more than people were killed between and , the most feared biker group in the world was eyeing the Prairies.
Three dominant clubs — Grim Reapers, Rebels and Kings Crew — had been fighting a very public and bloody war for supremacy in oil country since the s. That reached a crescendo in the late s and early s. Article content Shootings, beatings, booby-trapped vehicles, clubhouse bombings, stabbings, kidnappings and missing bodies were chum in the water for an apex predator like the Hells Angels.
The chaos provided a perfect path for the group to force themselves onto the canola-covered Alberta landscape. In , they patched-over the Grim Reapers, while the remaining clubs were disbanded. Of the 29 Grim Reapers members, 23 became Hells Angels. At the time they were the th and th chapters in the world.
Bad blood within the ranks however forced a split and led to the creation of the Nomads chapter in Red Deer. Article content By , there was about 50 Hells Angels members in Alberta. The gang muzzled public acts of violence, but they never came to a complete stop.
Dave Mills, a leading expert in Canadian outlaw motorcycle gangs. Their foray into wild rose country was chaotic and short-lived. Within a year, a probationary Bandidos member was gunned down outside an Edmonton nightclub the case remains unsolved and a Hells Angels support club member who was courting the Bandidos disappeared. Article content The Bandidos shut down and a majority of the remaining members patched over into the Hells Angels Nomad chapter in Red Deer in October , tripling their numbers and cementing their spot in the top echelon of organized crime in the province.
Absorbing a rival whom they had fought bloody wars against in the U. The bad blood and infighting continued. In the Bandidos tried again to push its way into Alberta but that ended in a Calgary bar with a violent assault at the hands of the Hells Angels. Article content In another split occurred, this time in Calgary where Nomads and Calgary members formed the Southland chapter.
Two years later, the Westridge chapter formed in Edmonton, bolstered by members of the Nomads. Then in June there was one final split and Edmonton had its third chapter — Hellside. With six chapters in Alberta three in Edmonton, two in Calgary and one in Red Deer , the Hells Angels are the undisputed heavyweights on the prairies.
In total there are 42 chapters scattered from Vancouver to Fredericton, N. Article content While membership fluctuates, police estimate the number of full patch, prospects and Hells Angels hang-a-rounds in Alberta is about On top of that are anywhere between and members of support clubs. And the growth shows little sign of stalling. Police said this vest, shown to media on Aug. Article content The next morning, five arrest teams fanned out to take down their targets.
Theresa Marie Acker, 42, received a visit from two RCMP officers who rolled up to her well-kept bungalow in a quiet Spruce Grove residential area in a black unmarked car. In similar operations, Larissa Sharon Lynn Ausmus, 31, was also arrested. And finally year-old William James McCabe — who police say is a full patch member of the Hells Angels — was also arrested.
McCabe and Daly are both listed on social media as owners of Three Monkeys Tattoo and Lifestyle Apparel, a small shop in a strip mall toward the western edge of Spruce Grove.
Among them are enough members to support as many as 16 chapters from Fort McMurray in the north and Lethbridge in the south, to Grande Prairie in the west and Lloydminster in the east. This includes Dirty Few, of which police say Daly is a member.
Police are also aware of new clubs trying to move in. The Mongols, with whom the Hells Angels have fought violently in the past, are trying to establish a chapter in Edmonton. Article content And police have also confirmed that a chapter of the Rebels motorcycle club exists in Edmonton and there are unconfirmed reports that Loners, another gang, have moved in, which would bring the total number of outlaw motorcycle groups in the city and surrounding areas to nine.
Sher, who has reported on the Hells Angels for years, said Canada and particularly Alberta is unique because one of the most powerful outlaw motorcycle gangs in the world has very little, if any, competition. Article content Take for instance the friction in Fort McMurray where the Warlocks motorcycle club is pushing for control over Hells Angels support club Syndicate. In , members of the Warlocks beat and robbed a Syndicate member of his vest. Police displayed a seized death head necklace they say was worn by William McCabe, one of the 10 people arrested as part of Project Entry.
These medallions can only be worn by Hells Angels members, according to police. Rather than scatter the interviews across several sites, ALERT decided to use the freshly renovated detachment because it is one of the few facilities around Edmonton that could comfortably accommodate the number of suspects and the dozen or so officers taking part in the interview process.
The first of the interviews began at around 11 a. The two bland, nondescript interview rooms sat adjacent to each other, not far from the holding cells. In each of them two plastic chairs were arranged around a rectangular table bolted to the wall. Article content Cameras mounted on the ceiling and unseen microphones transmitted images and sound to a nearby room where a bank of monitors sat on top of microwave-sized black computers with keyboards. The whirring of the computers was drowned out by the noise of a single black fan on the floor that pushed the stale air around the small square room.
Pecking away at the keyboards, a team of headphone-wearing joint task force officers took notes to be used as part of the early court proceedings before the full transcripts are prepared. Postmedia agreed not to reveal details of the interrogations and the techniques to protect the integrity of the police investigation. The questioning of the suspects stretched throughout the afternoon and into the early hours of the following day.
The last of the interviews wrapped up just before 2 a. Nicholas Alexander Delibasic, 46, and Nicholas Stovell, 38, were arrested on charges related to trafficking a firearm. More than half of those arrested are facing charges related to organized crime. A slow takedown Taking down outlaw motorcycle gangs and fighting organized crime can be a slow process. Article content Investigations by the unit also led to the arrest of more than people resulting in more than 1, charges.
Since , a series of short- and long-term investigations has resulted in charges against 17 Hells Angels members and associates, ALERT says. Most of those arrests were members from the Westridge chapter one of three chapters in Edmonton but members of the Southland chapter in Calgary and the Nomads chapter in Red Deer also were charged. Members of Warlocks, Tribal and Syndicate motorcycle gangs have also been arrested. Article content The four men were charged with kidnapping, forcible confinement and drug charges after an alleged home invasion and kidnapping, which eventually led to Mounties raiding the Syndicate club house.
Chad Fournier said at the time of the arrest. The Australian Lawyers Alliance, however, has complained the measures are a human rights violation. Article content The case of Project Entry Supt. Ian Lawson spoke at an Aug. Article content Daly and Jacques were not only used to traffic cocaine but to expand their territory into secondary markets like Grande Prairie and Cold Lake, Coles said.
Ian Lawson said the rise of outlaw motorcycle gangs in Alberta has led to increased violence, illicit drug trafficking and money laundering. While the policing aspect of Project Entry has now concluded, the court proceedings are just beginning.
Since their arrests, the suspects have all appeared in courtrooms either in person or via CCTV from the Edmonton Remand Centre as lawyers wrangle over bail and release conditions. None of the allegations have yet to be proven in court. ALERT has already moved on to its next investigation.
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Try refreshing your browser, or tap here to see other videos from our team. Handout Hardside was formed after the Haney chapter split into two groups in February. They have come to the point where they are reconfiguring and rebranding.
Article content A long-running legal battle between the B. Director of Civil Forfeiture and three Hells Angels chapters over the ownership of their clubhouses is expected to go to trial in May. Winpenny said there are now Hells Angels members provincewide, which is up from about just three years ago. The expansion has happened despite increased enforcement by police in recent years.
But look beyond the headline-making Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act indictments, jury verdicts, and lengthy prison sentences, and you will see that over the past two decades or so, a different type of lawsuit has come to be associated with the group: intellectual property litigation.
Court filings across the country evidence this. Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell.
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Its higher-ups decided that the time had come to enlist an in-house lawyer to handle its intellectual property affairs. I worked for this separate thing, which owns the marks and sues on behalf of the licensees basically.
Romanchik, Jr. Patent and Trademark Office. His aim was simple. As for all of the others who wear a Hells Angels patch? Clapp is not immune to — or unwilling to speak to — the conflicting messages associated with the club. There have even been entire charters that have conspired to commit crimes; hell, there have been entire charters that have been disbanded because they all got arrested.