Hells Angels Kelowna clubhouse raided
David Giles, vice president of the Kelowna Hells Angels who was acquitted of drug charges four years ago, was among those arrested in what police say is a "significant milestone" in their ongoing battle to break the outlaw biker gang.
Supreme Court Monday. A direct indictment, filed last Friday, alleges the four men conspired to import and traffic 500 kilograms of cocaine from last September pandora bracelet special offers to Aug. 25 of this year. Provincial Court, charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking in connection with the raid. A fourth, Brian Oldham, remains at large with a Canada wide warrant issued for his arrest."This is a major hit on the Hells Angels," said Darryl Plecas, RCMP university research chair in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of the Fraser Valley. "I'm surprised it happened pandora beads wholesale because it's so difficult. they're so insulated. to Mexico and Panama. and elsewhere to fund the importation of cocaine to Canada.Crown prosecutors say the investigation uncovered 500 kg of cocaine estimated to be worth $15 million and involved a "number of intercepted phone calls." A reverse sting also uncovered the $4 million in cash.Plecas said the arrests are a sign of things to come as police continue to hone their intelligence and surveillance systems. If Giles and the other three are convicted, he said, they face life sentences, while the other four would spend a significant time in jail."It's really a major coup," he said, adding it is also a lesson to other groups who might want to take over. "If police had it together to bust this level of insulation and sophistication they certainly aren't going to have a buy pandora charms tough time doing it with a lesser group."Supt. Brian Cantera said police used a "full arsenal of police techniques," including undercover officers at international locations and the use of video surveillance to collect the evidence. The effort, he said, "exceeded every layer of sophistication the accused attempted to employ to escape prosecution."At a press conference in Vancouver, the Mounties showed off a stash of plastic bags stacked with $20, $50 and $100 bills, along with a handgun and Thompson "Tommy" sub machine gun. A Hells Angels Kelowna patch was also displayed, along with a sign that read: "Watch what you say in this clubhouse, the walls have ears."While we suspect this case is far from over it represents a significant milestone," Wayne Rideout, Asst. Commissioner of the RCMP, said at the news conference.
"This money would have supplied and fuelled illegal activities and violence."Police said Giles, who was arrested at a Burnaby casino on the weekend, appeared cordial.But he and his three co accused, dressed pandora bracelet necklace in street clothes, were solemn as they appeared 45 minutes late for the court hearing after being stuck in traffic with the sheriffs transporting them.
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