Parole board decision links biker and street gangs
Terror Squad leader back in prison
A recent National Parole Board decision sheds light on the complexities of the Saskatoon gang scene.
The decision links the Saskatoon street gang the Terror Squad with "an outlaw motorcycle gang" – the term used by police to describe the Hells Angels.
The two gangs intersect in 41-year-old Darren Harper.
Harper is the leader of the Terror Squad, identified by police two years ago as the city's dominant street gang and heavily involved in the cocaine trade. Harper is serving a prison term for drug and property offenses but, in late May of this year, had been released on parole.
Two weeks after his release, Harper had his parole revoked when police spotted him with another gang member.
Harper never denied meeting the man at his home. But he said that the man worked at a local potash mine and is not a criminal.
Multiple police sources disputed that assessment.
"They state there is credible information to support that this individual is involved with ongoing criminal/gang activity," the parole board documents said.
"They state he is not pro-socially employed by the mine, but rather by a contractor that is commonly used by the mines, and this company has direct ties with an outlaw motorcycle gang."
The Hells Angels held its national rally last summer in Saskatoon. At the time, the club's local lawyer disputed the claim that its members engaged in criminal activity. He noted that many had regular jobs – including at potash mines.
This was Harper's second parole violation.