Hells Angels: 240 Offense Statements Delivered

Nearly 300 Hells Angels motorcyclists or sympathetic groups took part this weekend in a large annual gathering at the Auberge de Mont-Carmel. This party was held under very high police surveillance. The police handed over at roadblocks not less than 240 statements of offense.
D are dozens of police officers of the Sûreté du Québec and mixed regional squad (ERM) against organized crime were waiting to firm up bikers. Police monitored access to Notre-Dame-du-Mont-Carmel to control all motorcyclists. These had to undergo extensive examinations of the vehicles. Two roadblocks had been erected for this lengthy verification and intelligence operation.

Officially, the Sûreté du Québec claimed to conduct a motorcycle control operation. So it was not just bikers who belonged to groups who had to submit to the controls.

The dams were located on Route 157 and in front of the community center of the municipality. Intelligence investigators were on site and invited the bikers in turn to submit to the vehicle inspection. On the spot, the police officers did not hide to demonstrate that this operation was aimed specifically at bikers associated with organized crime.

The Sûreté du Québec released Sunday a report of its intervention. In all, 370 motorcyclists were checked. “The purpose of this road safety operation was to verify the compliance of documents, equipment, motorcycles and their drivers,” says Sergeant Stéphane Tremblay of the Sûreté du Québec.

At the end of the day, the police gave 240 statements of offense. Motorcyclists received 147 reports for non-compliant documents and equipment, 72 for non-compliant exhaust systems and 21 for speeding. In addition, a vehicle was seized under the Highway Safety Code and a mechanical inspection notice was issued.

Police also filmed the interventions. And bikers were filming the police in their turn. These images captured by the police allow investigators to update their information and track the progress of Hells Angels and their supporters. Moreover, several men wore jackets without the central badge, which is reserved for “prospects” (rookie). This shows that members are renewing themselves.

It was possible to spot on-site members in good standing of the Hells Angels section of Trois-Rivières, but also from across Quebec. The members of this group no longer display the name of the section under the well-known insignia, but names of the province. Members of the New Brunswick Hells Angels were also rallying.

In addition, many groups of bikers sympathetic to the Hells Angels went to Notre-Dame-du-Mont-Carmel. There were members of Deimos Crew, including a section in Trois-Rivières, Dead Messengers, Jesters, Iron Dogs, Devils Ghosts and Dark Soul’s. In all, a dozen different groups were identified on site. In all, the colors of 46 different groups were identified by the investigators, says the SQ.

This gathering was held at Auberge Mont-Carmel. A large marquee has been installed at the back of the establishment. Ropes placed around the inn delimited the place.

The Joint Regional Squad Against Organized Crime conducted the operations.
The Joint Regional Squad Against Organized Crime conducted the operations.

It is somewhat ironic that this gathering should be held at Notre-Dame-du-Mont-Carmel. While there were rumors that the Hells Angels wanted to establish their new premises in this neighboring municipality of Trois-Rivières, the town council passed a resolution to prevent this from happening. Elected officials had changed the zoning of certain sectors to prevent meeting places.

“We would have preferred it to be somewhere else,” admits the local mayor, Luc Dostaler. “We do not want our municipality to be associated with criminal biker groups.”

The mayor of Notre-Dame-du-Mont-Carmel was however delighted by the large police presence. It sent a good message to the people, he says.

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