October 07, 2017

Two members of Outlaws Motorcycle Club London chapter charged with drug offences following series of raids

Police have charged two members of an outlaw motorcycle club with 18 drug and weapons offences as part of an investigation into cocaine trafficking in London. The OPP’s biker enforcement unit, with assistance from London police and the RCMP, executed three search warrants Thursday and arrested two members of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club's London chapter after a probe focusing on individuals selling cocaine in the London area.

Investigators seized cocaine, marijuana, pills, $1,200 cash, brass knuckles and a handgun, police said, pegging the street value of the drugs at $19,500. Marco Dos Reis, 32, from London is facing 17 drug- and weapons-related charges including possession of a prohibited firearm, careless storage of a firearm and drug possession for the purpose of trafficking.

Jeffrey Acal, 32, from Mount Brydges is charged with drug possession for the purpose of trafficking. A London police spokesperson referred all questions about the investigation to the OPP.

A biker gang with chapters across the world, The Outlaws opened a London clubhouse on Brydges Street in May. The club had previously kept a low profile in the city following the 2009 demolition of the gang’s clubhouse on Egerton Street.

The move to set up shop in the 1,500-square-foot industrial space — located on the same block as the police collision reporting centre — was seen by some as an attempt by the Outlaws to flex their muscle and challenge the Hells Angels’ hold on London’s lucrative drug trade.

Amy Chan, who owns the commercial building at 1103 Brydges St., said the biker gang vacated the property about one month after the Free Press published an article on the clubhouse opening.
“They’ve been gone for months,” Chan said Friday. “They leave on their own.”

Chan said her property manager didn’t knowingly rent the space to the Outlaws.
“They were not the guys who came in to rent the place," she said.

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