Nova Scotia

Gate Keepers clubhouse raided hours after Hells Angels party

A New Glasgow biker gang clubhouse was raided by police within hours of a party celebrating the official opening of a Hells Angels' chapter.

RCMP won't say if the Musquodoboit Harbour party and New Glasgow raid are connected

The Gate Keepers clubhouse in Musquodoboit Harbour hosted a Hells Angels party the night before the same gang's New Glasgow house was raided by police. (Stephanie vanKampen/CBC)

A New Glasgow biker gang clubhouse was raided by police within hours of a party celebrating the official opening of a Hells Angels' chapter.

The party served as a meeting between the Hells Angels and an affiliate club, the Gate Keepers, who are expected to turn their allegiance over to the Angels.

Police expected up to 150 bikers, including Hells Angels, to descend on the yellow clubhouse in Musquodobit Harbour, a community 45 kilometres east of Halifax on the Eastern Shore.

While Mounties kept an eye on the party, police raided the Gate Keepers' New Glasgow clubhouse early Sunday.

A man mows the lawn ahead of the Saturday party welcoming the Hells Angels back to Nova Scotia. (Stephanie vanKampen/CBC)

New Glasgow gang being investigated

Around 6:30 a.m., Nova Scotia RCMP searched their address in MacLean Street, spokesperson Cpl. Jadie Spence said.

"There's another club house there," he said. "So [police] executed a search warrant there looking for evidence in an ongoing investigation."

Spence declined to say whether the timing of the search deliberately coincided with the meeting in Musquodoboit. No arrests have been made, he said.

The Gate Keepers are affiliated with the Hells Angels. (Radio-Canada)

No turf war

The Musquodoboit Harbour gathering was quiet, Spence said, adding police did not expect trouble at the clubhouse as there's no turf war in the area.

No neighbours complained either, he said.

"Typically, [the bikers] tend to be fairly quiet when they're in there," Spence said. "They're not trying to attract police attention necessarily."

The Hells Angels were driven out of Nova Scotia in the early 2000s, when a police operation led to most members' arrests. The club is believed to have folded when it's once-active membership dropped below six people.

With files from Blair Sanderson