Nova Scotia·Exclusive

Brotherhood chapter at centre of Bacchus gang complaint

Gang charges against members of the Bacchus motorcycle club can be traced to an "aggressive" exchange over attempts to establish another club in Nova Scotia, CBC News has learned.
Three members of the Bacchus motorcycle club face a number of charges, including extortion.

Gang charges against members of the Bacchus motorcycle club can be traced to an "aggressive" exchange over attempts to establish another club in Nova Scotia, CBC News has learned.

Three Bacchus members have been charged with the commission of an offence for a criminal organization and extortion.

The RCMP said it's the first time these charges have been laid in Nova Scotia or against the Bacchus. If convicted, Bacchus would be considered an outlaw motorcycle gang and criminal organization.

Sources tell CBC News that the alleged victim was a Halifax-area man who tried to set up a local chapter of the Brotherhood, a motorcycle club that started in Montreal in 2007.

Sources said the man had vests with the Brotherhood patch on it. Bacchus club members said he couldn't wear that in their territory and told him to destroy them.

The patches were cut up and destroyed in front of a witness, CBC News was told.

'Very tense'

Later, the man went to a motorcycle event in Lower Sackville and was confronted by Bacchus members.

"They were very aggressive. It was very tense and very frightening," a witness told CBC News.

The witness described it as a verbal exchange in which the man was told to leave.

RCMP investigated the complaint. In September, three Bacchus members were charged with using intimidation and uttering threats.

The extortion charge was added later.

CBC News was told the decision to add that charge was made after hearing about the patch getting cut up. In Canada, forcing people to destroy their own property is considered extortion.

RCMP will not confirm the story described to CBC News.

Patrick James, 45, and David Pearce, 38, both from Dartmouth and Duane Howe, 43, from Grand Desert are due in Dartmouth provincial court on Monday to face charges.