Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Police charge 17 in largest gun seizure in Ontario’s history

Seventeen people are facing charges and 274 illegal firearms have been seized as part of an investigation by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Provincial Weapons Enforcement Unit (PWEU) that involved United States Homeland Security.(Orillia Matters)

‘Disgraced’ police officer’s role dooms charges in $30M drug bust

After seizing more than $30 million worth of drugs, cash and weapons three years ago, Victoria police congratulated themselves on the arrests of three men they called members of an organized fentanyl trafficking ring — one of them a paroled murderer. Today the case lies in tatters. Charges against all three were quietly stayed following the revelation that the initial probe included an officer who was himself under criminal investigation. (CBC)

$11 million seized in biggest contraband tobacco bust in BC

A months-long investigation has led to the arrest of four people in what is now the largest contraband tobacco bust in British Columbia’s history. The estimated retail value of the cigarettes seized is about $11 million. (True North)

Hells Angel wins court challenge over gun licence renewal

A full-patch member of the Hells Angels will get another shot at renewing his firearms licence. B.C. Supreme Court Justice Francesca Marzari has ruled that Gaston Methot should get a second hearing in provincial court to make his case about why he deserves to have his licence renewed. (Vancouver Sun)

Cocaine implicated in U.S. couple’s kidnapping was destined for the Hells Angels

A large quantity of cocaine seized in Vermont, believed to have been the motive behind an elderly couple being kidnapped and smuggled from New York to Quebec in September, was allegedly destined for the Hells Angels. (Montreal Gazette)

Police Board member says photos with Hells Angels wasn’t smart

Surrey Police Board member Harley Chappell said Monday that it wasn’t a “smart” decision to pose for photographs in 2018 with two full-patch Hells Angels at a memorial service. (The Province)

Surrey Police Board member posed for photos with Hells Angels

A member of the Surrey Police Board was photographed posing with two full-patch members of the Hells Angels at a 2018 memorial service. The photos of board member Harley Chappell and White Rock Hells Angels Brent Milne and Douglas (Doc) Riddoch were posted on a Facebook tribute to Carla Newman, who died in 2018. Newman was a relative of David (Clap) Newman, who is a former member of the Angels’ White Rock chapter. (Vancouver Sun)

RCMP unit commander warned B.C government that organized crime would run casino ‘with impunity’

The former commanding officer of a B.C. RCMP anti-illegal gaming unit says he was stunned when the provincial government disbanded his unit in 2009, even after he warned it that the decision would allow organized crime to operate “with impunity.” (Global News)

Hells Angel and three others charged in illegal gambling investigation

A full-patch member of the Hells Angels and three other men have been charged with illegal gambling after an investigation by B.C.’s anti-gang agency. The Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit searched Big Shots Café, at 3980 East Hastings St. in Burnaby, on July 4, area residents told Postmedia at the time. (Vancouver Sun)

Surrey Hells Angels clubhouse searched by RCMP in gun investigation

Surrey RCMP executed a search warrant overnight Friday at the Hells Angels Hardside clubhouse in connection with a gun investigation. Mounties continued with the search Saturday at the rented rancher in the 18000-block of 96 Avenue. (The Province)