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Three members of the Bacchus motorcycle group have been charged with the commission of an offence for a criminal organization. (CBC)

The cases of three Nova Scotia members of the Bacchus motorcycle gang facing criminal organization charges have been set over for a month.

Patrick James, 45, and David Pearce, 38, both from Dartmouth and Duane Howe, 43, from Grand Desert are charged with the commission of an offence for a criminal organization, extortion, uttering threats and harassment.

James, accompanied by his lawyer Patricia Jones, was the only one of the three accused who appeared in Dartmouth provincial court Monday morning. Pearce and Howe were represented by their lawyers, Patrick MacEwen and Patrick Atherton, respectively.

The accused will remain free until their next court appearance.

Crown prosecutor Melanie Perry said the matter had been put over until Feb. 21.

"The matter just adjourned until later in February to give them an opportunity to look at the disclosure and to decide what to do on the next date," she told reporters outside the courtroom.

MacEwen said the lawyers are waiting for more information from the prosecution.

"There's additional information we haven't received yet. We're hoping to get that in the near future before we make any decisions about where to go from here," he said.

The men were charged with uttering threats after an RCMP investigation in September that involved a search of four locations including a clubhouse on Hogan Road in Nine Mile River and residences on Renfrew Road and Elmwood Road in Dartmouth and Dyke Road in Grand Desert.

Additional charges, including the commission of an offence for a criminal organization, were laid last week in what police described as a first for Nova Scotia.

There are several Bacchus chapters in Atlantic Canada — one in Nova Scotia, three in New Brunswick, one in Prince Edward Island and two in Newfoundland.