Eastern Ontario Hells Angels branch dismantled
Twelve people charged after yearlong police project
Police say they have dismantled one branch of the Hells Angels bike gang in eastern Ontario after a series of raids.
In a news conference Thursday morning, Ottawa police, Ontario Provincial Police and the RCMP announced they had worked together in a yearlong investigation called "Project Finale."
The culmination of that work ended up in all three tactical units executing 16 search warrants, including one at the Hells Angels clubhouse at 5416 8 Line Rd. in south Ottawa.
Police were seen taking away a Harley Davidson motorcycle and revealed they also confiscated illegal drugs, cash and weapons.
There were 107 charges laid against 12 people including a 37-year-old Ottawa man police say is a full patch member of the Hells Angels. He faces five charges.
"It's going to have a major dent in the Ottawa region and eastern Ontario region. The numbers seized yesterday, we're very pleased with the numbers," said Insp. Samir Bhatnagar from Ottawa police.
"This group is known to potentially move $300,000 to $400,000 a month of illegal substances."
Ottawa men facing a series of charges
Eleven other Ottawa men appeared in court Thursday on charges ranging from conspiracy to produce and traffic controlled substances, possession of controlled substances for the purpose of trafficking, proceeds of crime and participating in a criminal organization.
They will be in court again Tuesday for a show cause hearing then again next week for bail hearings.
Police said physical surveillance was important in catching those who assisted in helping to distribute marijuana and cocaine throughout Ottawa and eastern Ontario. Another searched address was 1087 Millwood Ct. in Orleans.
The controlled substances seized during the investigation are worth more than $172,000. The items seized related to the organization's profits off criminal activity are worth more than $150,000.
Police also said the investigation began in September 2010 when they started to look into the Hells Angels member's activity.