Government wants forfeiture of two Hells Angels clubhouses
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28 ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. (Joe Lederer/Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp. government Civil Forfeiture Office was going after the Hells Angels to get the East End and Kelowna clubhouses forfeited.
The claim, filed Monday, says both properties worth more than $1.2 million total have been used for illegal activities, including trafficking, extortion, assaults and even have a link to murder. While the murder allegation is not spelled out, it appears to be suggesting that the Kelowna clubhouse may have had a link to the June 2012 slaying of local resident Dain Phillips. Two full patch HA are facing a murder charge, along several others.
I went by the East End clubhouse Tuesday evening, but no one was answering the door. There appeared to be people inside. There was just one Escalade parked outside the nearby Nomads clubhouse in the 3900 block of Grant in Burnaby.
The bikers will no doubt fight this attempt to take their precious clubhouses, meaning a long drawn out legal battle is likely. government is trying to seize two Hells Angels clubhouses in east Vancouver and Kelowna, claiming they have been linked to drug trafficking, extortion, threats and even murder. Supreme Court naming 21 Hells Angels in both the East End and Kelowna chapters of the notorious biker gang, including high profile members like John Bryce, David Giles and Jean Violette.
"The East End HAMC clubhouse and the Kelowna HAMC clubhouse have been used to engage in unlawful activities," the suit claims, including a list of offences like production, importing and trafficking cocaine, pot and methamphetamine, assaults, uttering threats, extortion and "committing manslaughter or murder."
The court documents say both clubhouses would continue to be used for illegal activities if left in the hands of the biker gang by providing a safe place for them to "conspire with each other or to instruct persons about the commission of unlawful activities."
Criminal proceeds have been used to "maintain, improve or reduce the indebtedness against the East End HAMC clubhouse and the Kelowna HAMC clubhouse," the director also alleges in the suit, which was filed at the Vancouver Law Courts on Monday.
"One of the main purposes of the HAMC. is the facilitation or commission of serious offences that, if committed, would likely result in the direct or indirect receipt of material benefits by some or all of the people who comprise the HAMC or its chapters," the claim says.
The director alleges that members of both the East End and Kelowna chapters do business that consists of "both legitimate enterprises and the unlawful activities described."
The East End clubhouse, located at 3598 East Georgia, and the Kelowna building, at 837 Ellis Street, have "been modified, customized, and equipped to provide protection from detention, potential enemies and police infiltration," the claim says.
Police raided the East End clubhouse back in July 2005 after a major undercover investigation dubbed E Pandora that made use of agent Michael Plante. It led to convictions of 13 Angels and associates for offences including trafficking cocaine and methamphetamine, extortion, conspiracy, possession of firearms and grenades and contempt of court.
E Pandora ended Oct. 30, 2012 when a final charge was stayed against John Punko, one of the men named in the civil forfeiture suit.
The Kelowna clubhouse was raided in August 2012 in connection with another undercover investigation. So far, several men including Kelowna vice president Giles and full patch member Bryan Oldham have been charged with trafficking and conspiracy and committing offences on behalf of a criminal organization. Both Oldham and Giles are listed as defendants in the civil forfeiture case.
Also named in the new suit are full patch HA members Robert Thomas and Norm Cocks who are charged, along with others, with murdering Kelowna resident Dain Phillips in June 2012.
The Hells Angels have 21 days to file a response before the director can ask for a judgment against the properties.
The director of civil forfeiture filed a similar claim against the Nanaimo Hells Angels clubhouse in November 2007, alleging it was being used as an instrument for unlawful activity. The case is still before the courts five years later.
HA spokesman Rick Ciarniello did not respond to interview requests. But he said in a media statement that he wasn't surprised by the government action.
"It seems that in the last few years, law enforcement has taken a new direction. They now concentrate their efforts using civil law rather than criminal law," he said. "By doing so, it is much easier for them to prosecute and to persecute."
Well you dealing with policies created by people who have either never been a crime victim, so therefore see no need for such things (can we say bulletproof vest ban), or view the world through a law enforcement prism so are mainly concerned with making raids less risky for police. Regular people trying to keep themselves safe are not factored into the equation. And this situation stands little chance of changing, because if violent crime rates ever approach a level where the majority of voters have experienced crime, there won be elections. For now and the foreseeable future, people who believe in the right of self defense are a persecuted minority.
All all club full patch HA drug dealing club member has now is tattoos to look at new pandora beads and blow jobs from other inmates.
Yup cocaine and meth destroy our community, now if weed is legalized the streets will be flooded with more crack and meth, you can bet your ass on this. Drug dealers will be pushing kids to convince there friends to start doing this drug, and our community which is still relatively safe compared to a lot of cities in america will turn to shit, property crime will increase. This is the ripple effect legalizing marijuana will have. Not mention the housing market will turn to shit. Vancouver will turn into a ghetto like detroit and chicago just so big box tobacco companies and politicians who are taking kickbacks from these companies to push for legalization can become even richer than they are now.
Wouldn't it be nice if you could file a civil suit against pain and suffering. That shit fucks you up. It's just as necklace for pandora beads bad if jewelry center not worse than crack.
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