New Brunswick

4 more men charged in Hells Angels-linked cocaine investigation in N.B. and Quebec

Four more people have been charged in connection with an investigation into cocaine trafficking linked to the Hells Angels in New Brunswick and Quebec, say RCMP.

8 men and a woman were charged last month in connection with RCMP Operation J-Thunder

None of the latest accused have entered pleas yet. They are scheduled to return to court at later dates. (CBC)

Four more people have been charged in connection with an investigation into cocaine trafficking linked to the Hells Angels in New Brunswick and Quebec, say RCMP.

The men, aged 24 to 72, and all from Quebec, were each charged Monday with laundering proceeds of crime and possession of proceeds of crime.

The eldest is also facing charges of conspiracy to traffic in cocaine, trafficking in cocaine, conspiracy to possess cocaine for the purpose of trafficking, possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.

Eight men and a woman — a Bathurst middle school teacher — were charged April 25 in connection with the investigation by the New Brunswick RCMP's federal and serious organized crime unit.

None of the accused are members of the Hells Angels, but police believe they are linked to the outlaw motorcycle gang, said Cpl. Jullie Rogers-Marsh.

The four latest accused were not arrested before the charges were laid, she said.

One of them, a 43-year-old man from Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, is already incarcerated in Ontario on another matter, and will appear in court "at a later date," said Rogers-Marsh.

She could not provide any information about where he's incarcerated or why.

The nine people previously charged were arrested in various locations in the northeastern part of New Brunswick. (CBC)

The other three accused were given summonses to appear Monday in Bathurst provincial court.

One of them did appear — a 40-year-old man from Sainte-Geneviève. He was not remanded. He is scheduled to return to court on June 11 to enter pleas.

The other two men were represented in court by their lawyers, Rogers-Marsh said.

A 72-year-old man from Saint-André-d'Argenteuil, is scheduled to appear in Bathurst provincial court on May 16 to enter pleas, while a 24-year-old man from Montreal is expected to appear on June 11. They are not in custody either.

The RCMP investigation into the trafficking of cocaine on the Acadian Peninsula and in Restigouche, Madawaska and Victoria counties began in November 2016, with assistance from the Edmundston Police Force.

Quebec police conducted a simultaneous investigation into outlaw motorcycle groups and the police agencies share information, said Rogers-Marsh.

Police have seized about 5.5 kilograms of cocaine and $900,000 in cash during the investigation, dubbed Operation J-Thunder, she said.

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