The bunker of the Hells to a modest den

News 21 March, 2018
    The police searched this house at Saint-Charles-sur-Richelieu yesterday, which served as a gathering place for members of the chapter and South.

    Éric Thibault

    Wednesday, 21 march, 2018 01:00

    Wednesday, 21 march, 2018 01:00

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    The Hells Angels have traded their intimidating bunkers in the city to establish their new headquarters in country residences, modest and discrete.

    This is what the Squad’s national crackdown on organized crime (ENRCO) was able to see, yesterday, when its police officers have landed in a house which they considered to be the new lair of the chapter South of the Hells Angels, on the rang Nord, Saint-Charles-sur-Richelieu.

    Finished up the bullet proof windows

    The résidence blanche, which is home to two members of the gang, Bertrand Joyal and Louis Matte, is cleared and has nothing to do with the extensive buildings at the roof red, the fortified walls and bullet proof windows that have already served as a local official of the biker gang in Sorel, Longueuil, Trois-Rivières, Sherbrooke and Saint-Nicolas.

    The Hells have been driven out of these bunkers during operation SharQc in 2009, and these buildings have almost all been demolished after their confiscation by the government — except that of Lennoxville, in which five motorcyclists have been killed in 1985 during an internal purge, and whose fate is in the hands of the judges of the Quebec Court of appeal.

    Moreover, this was the first time in nine years that the police were in one of the new haunts of the band criminalized. The 21st anniversary of the founding of the chapter South, formed on the South Shore in 1997, came to be celebrated by the Hells at the beginning of march.

    The Journal has learned that ” Ben “Joyal in particular, seized his jacket with the effigy of the Hells as a “good criminal” in this field as his colleague Jean-Richard Larivière, of the Montreal chapter, in a search related to the same investigation, last month.

    Among the 19 raids carried out by the 120 police officers involved in the operation, it was also the residence of another Hells Angel chapter South, is one of Stéphane Maheu, located in Roxton Pond.

    According to our information, Joyal, Maheu and Matte would be suspected to play a role in the control of certain territories in the network of alleged traffickers of cocaine and methamphetamine, currently in the crosshairs of the ENRCO.

    No arrest

    No arrest has yet been made in the draft Objection.

    Since January, the squad is happy to seize narcotics, weapons, and pieces of evidence to support his investigation on this network, based in Quebec, and now to Ontario.

    In two months, the investigation has led to more than 70 searches and the seizure of over three million dollars in drugs and cash.

    Among other suspects in the same investigation, the alleged leader of the Hells, Mario Brouillette, the dean of the band, Michel ” Sky ” Langlois, the aspirant member Daniel-André Giroux, as well as a suspect of Italian origin that the police involved in both the Hells that the mafia and street gangs, Carmelo Sacco Jr.

    Who are they ?

    Stéphane Maheu

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    • Member in good standing of the chapter South since 2008.
    • He has been sentenced to 12 years imprisonment for conspiracy to murder in the wake of operation SharQc.
    • He was one of the founders of the section of the Hells in the dominican Republic.

    Louis Matte

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    • New member in good standing of the chapter South.
    • He was recruited to the breast of the deceased chapter Nomads of the Hells in Ontario, which included several former Rock Machine.

    Bertrand ” Ben ” Joyal

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    • 60-year-old, he is a member of the chapter South since 1992.
    • He has been sentenced to a penalty equivalent to 12 and a half years for conspiracy to murder after the operation SharQc.
    • Arrested in the framework of operation Spring 2001, he was sentenced to six years in prison for conspiracy and drug trafficking.