March 31, 2018

Daytona Bike Week 2018



Highlights & scenes from Daytona Bike Week 2018 from Main Street in Daytona Beach. Lots of hot bikes, bikers and biker girls!

Members of P.E.I. Hells Angels prospect club plead guilty to operating lottery schemes, games of chance

Nine alleged members of the Hells Angels prospect club in Charlottetown pleaded guilty to illegal gaming in provincial court in Charlottetown Thursday. Ronald Joseph Dean Cook, 46, Blake Edward Culleton, 35, Corey Gordon Falls, 29, Robert “Bobby” Vernon Falls, 63, Brad Charles Gallant, 26, Ian Roulston Kennedy, 54, Kenneth Boyde MacLeod, 48, Shawn Gregory Paquet, 30, and Tristan Edward Watts, 20, each received a $1,200 fine and 12 months’ probation. The charges relating to participating in activities of a criminal organization were stayed by the crown. Kennedy was not present, but his lawyer pleaded guilty for him. His sentence will be imposed April 3.

In addition, MacLeod received 30 days jail for possessing a firearm after he failed to surrender all of his firearms after he was released on an undertaking Aug. 17.

Related: P.E.I. man with ties to Hells Angels gets 90 days for uttering threat (link is external)

The P.E.I. Firearms Office informed the Organized Crime Task Force that MacLeod was registered as having three firearms. He had previously only surrendered two handguns. MacLeod originally told police he did not have a third handgun, but then remembered he had another firearm in his fishing gear. He received a 10-year weapons prohibition order and must pay $200 to the victims of crime fund.

The private company, 102023 P.E.I. Inc., received a $5,000 fine for selling alcohol without a licence under the Liquor Control Act. There was also a forfeiture order for all offence-related property seized, although the refrigerator was eventually returned, and a one-year prohibited premises order barring any alcohol.

The Organized Crime Task Force began surveying 205 Fitzroy St. after learning the Woodbridge Ontario Hell’s Angels Club was in the process of establishing a chapter in P.E.I.
The Hells Angels club in Charlottetown is a step closer to full patch status.
The Hells Angels prospect club in Charlottetown. - FILE

Related: Hells Angels claims P.E.I. as its own territory (link is external)

The premise was purchased in October 2016 by 102023 P.E.I. Inc. The director and shareholders named in the letters patent are Robert Falls, Corey Falls and Kennedy. Through surveillance and other investigative techniques, it was identified that on many occasions, members would enter the premises in possession of varying amounts of liquor in cans and bottles.

The P.E.I. Liquor Control Commission confirmed that neither the accused corporation, its directors and shareholders nor any identified members of the Woodbridge hangarounds had a licence to sell or keep liquor for sale under the Liquor Control Act. As a result, a warrant for search and seizure was issued April 14, 2017, and executed April 15, 2017. A number of offence-related items were seized, including a refrigerator, bar and bar supplies, safe and contents, including financial records and meeting minutes, as well as a donation jar.

The refrigerator and bar contained 211 cans of beer, 30 bottles of liquor and wine, soda cans and other mixes. The basement storage had 228 cans of beer. The donation jar contained $342.30. The safe contained an organizer with $4,225 in cash, numerous liquor store receipts and paper records containing tally sheets for the purchase and sale of liquor by the members of the club.

After reviewing the paper records and meeting minutes, the Organized Crime Task Force found evidence that the members were also conducting illegal lottery schemes. They found two different types of lottery tickets. One of the tickets indicated they were for a “charity cash draw” and the other was a Coin-Tainer brand red and white tickets.

The meeting minutes also had various references to a raffle or lottery. The names of the nine co-accused were noted to be in attendance at most or all of the meetings.

Related: Hells Angels set up shop in a Charlottetown residential neighbourhood (link is external)

The P.E.I. Lottery Commission, which is in charge of issuing lottery licences for P.E.I., could not find that any of those accused named or the company had ever applied for a lottery licence. It was also observed, by the Organized Crime Task Force, that there was an advertisement poster for the “First Annual Poker Run July 8, 2017” on the Facebook page of Culleton. The post was also shared by Gallant, Cook and Watts.

The same advertisement was also posted on the Support 81 Maritimes Facebook page, which is a page that supports the Maritime Hells Angels Motorcycle Club. The P.E.I. Lottery Commission confirmed no lottery licences could be issued for a poker run because they are illegal.

The Organized Crime Task Force performed surveillance on the poker run to gather evidence regarding any illegal gambling activity. There were stops in Charlottetown, Victoria, Miscouche, Kensington and Stratford.

On Aug. 16, 2017, the nine members were arrested after they left the clubhouse. Police seized another binder containing meeting minutes, which indicated that the club made $1,165 profit from the poker run. An additional $2,290.16 was seized in cash.

On Aug. 17, 2017, they were taken before a justice of the peace and released on an undertaking to have no contact with each other and not to attend their clubhouse. These orders will continue during their probation, with the exception of Robert Falls, MacLeod and Kennedy. They are allowed to have contact with one another since they are the caretakers of the building on Fitzroy Street.


Canada - BN.

March 30, 2018

Osmanen Germania Prozess offenbart Orgien der Gewalt

Osmanen Germania Prozess
Folter, Operationen ohne Betäubung, exzessive Gewalt: Der Prozess gegen Anführer des Osmanen Germania Boxclub in Stuttgart gibt Einblicke in eine brutale Subkultur. Doch auch die Ankläger stehen in der Kritik.

Höchste Sicherheitsstufe im beschaulichen Stuttgarter Stadtteil Stammheim. Hubschrauber kreisen, an jeder Kreuzung sind Einsatzwagen postiert. Von einer „Bedrohungslage“ spricht die Staatsanwaltschaft Stuttgart. Die befürchtete Straßenschlacht zwischen Anhängern des nationaltürkischen Boxclubs Osmanen Germania BC und ihren kurdischen Gegnern Bahoz bleibt indes aus.

Auch im in die Jahre gekommenen Gerichtssaal bei der JVA Stammheim, der 1975 für die RAF-Prozesse geschaffen wurde, sind massiv Bereitschaftspolizisten postiert. Der Medienandrang ist groß, von ARD und ZDF bis zum Stern sind Reporter zum Auftakt gekommen – und zahlreiche Zuschauer, die allesamt durch intensive Sicherheitskontrollen müssen. Mit fast zwei Stunden Verzögerung beginnt das Mammutverfahren, das bis Januar 2019 dauern soll. Die acht muskelbepackten und teils wild tätowierten Angeklagten werden in Handschellen herein geführt, erst am Platz werden die Schließen gelöst. Sobald nur einer zur Toilette den Saal verlässt, werden alle sofort wieder gefesselt. In früheren Osmanen Germania Prozess gab es bereits Attacken im Saal, daher wird auf Nummer sicher gesetzt.

Prsident des Chapter Stuttgart als Schlüsselfigur
Auf der Anklagebank sitzen auch Mehmet Bagci (47) und Selcuk Sahin (38), selbst ernannter Weltpräsident und Vize der Osmanen Germania, die von Hessen aus die 400 Mann starke Organisation geleitet haben sollen. In fast alle Delikte verwickelt soll Levent Uzundal (35) sein, der Präsident des Chapter Osmanen Germania Stuttgart, der sogar seine Freundin zur Prostitution gezwungen haben soll. Als er die Szene betritt, fließen auf den Zuschauerrängen Tränen offenbar von Angehörigen des Osmanen Krieger.

Die Ermittler haben sich fast zwei Jahre auf dieses Verfahren vorbereitet, die Fäden laufen bei Michael Wahl zusammen, dem Experten für Verbrechen der Osmanen bei der Staatsanwaltschaft Stuttgart. Seine Anklageschrift, die anderthalb Stunden verlesen wird, hört sich an wie ein Sammelsurium an Grausamkeiten, eine Geschichte aus einem parallelen Universum. Es ist eine Subkultur, in der es um Gefolgschaft und Hierarchie, Ehre und Nationalstolz geht – und um einen Machtkampf, der im Zweifel ohne Rücksicht auf das Leben des Gegenübers mit Baseballschlägern oder Revolvern ausgetragen wird.

Es sind zwei Fälle, die aus der Orgie an Gewalt herausragen. Der eine ist der brutale Überfall in Ludwigsburg am 21. November 2016. Der Drahtzieher soll hier laut Anklage Uzundal gewesen sein. „Es ging um eine Machtdemonstration“, so Staatsanwalt Wahl. Mit 20 Mann des Chapter Stuttgart zog man durch die Straßen, um Anhänger des kurdischen Netzwerks Bahoz zu verprügeln. In der Karlstraße machten sie einen ihrer Gegner aus – und stürzten sich auf ihn.

Überfall am Bahnhof Ludwigsburg aus Wendepunkt
„Hört nicht auf, der darf nicht wieder aufstehen“, sollen sie angefeuert worden sein. Mit Baseballschlägern und Äxten schlugen sie laut Anklage auf den hilflos am Boden Liegenden ein. Er erlitt schwere Verletzungen – und wäre wohl zu Tode geprügelt worden, wenn nicht Passanten die Polizei gerufen hätten. „Es blieb dem Zufall überlassen, ob die Verletzungen zum Tode führten“, sagt der Staatsanwalt. Die Szene war der Beginn der Ermittlungen gegen die Osmanen, weil sie das Sicherheitsgefühl der Bürger massiv beeinträchtigt hat. Die Ermittlungsgruppe Meteor hat die Kreise immer weiter gezogen und in Kooperation mit dem Landeskriminalamt Hessen auch die Chefs Bagci und Sahin mit Gewalttaten in Verbindung gebracht.

Dabei geht es um sogenannte Abstrafungsaktionen. Es lief immer nach dem gleichen Muster: Wer aussteigen wollte, wurde zur Zahlung von 500 oder auch mal 2000 Euro aufgefordert – und zu einer Osmanen Versammlung einbestellt, etwa in Altbach (Kreis Esslingen) am 15. November 2017. Dort mussten sich die Abtrünnigen laut Anklage aufstellen und vor versammelter Mannschaft malträtieren und demütigen lassen: Kopfstöße, Tritte, Bedrohung mit Schusswaffen. In einem anderen Fall in Wetzlar wurde sogar gedroht: „Wenn wir das nächste Mal kommen müssen, wirst du zerteilt.“ Einmal wurden Abtrünnige gar gezwungen, auf eine PKK-Fahne zu urinieren.

Abtrünniger Anhänger wird gefoltert
Der zweite große Tatkomplex wich von der üblichen Masche ab. Ein Osmanen Germania Mitglied des Chapter Stuttgart weigerte sich, gegen Kurden Gewalt anzuwenden. Ein Verstoß gegen die interne Hackordnung. Laut Anklage soll wiederum Levent Uzundal, der in Gäufelden-Nebringen bei Herrenberg wohnte, einen perfiden Plan geschmiedet haben – angeblich abgestimmt mit dem Osmanen Germania Vize Selcuk „Can“ Sahin. Sie boten dem Kritiker freundlich an, in einer Herrenberger Wohnung vor einer Reise zu übernachten. Dort verabreichten sie ihm laut Anklage am 3. Februar 2017 Schlafmittel – damit begann für den jungen Mann ein dreitägiges Martyrium. Noch während er schlief, schlug ein Osmanen-Anhänger ihm mit einer schweren Eisenzange mehrere Zähne aus, so die Anklage. Zudem schossen sie dem stark blutenden Mann mit einer Kleinkaliberwaffe in den Oberschenkel. Als er das Bewusstsein verlor, fesselten sie ihn und traktierten ihn mit Faustschlägen und Tritten. Sie forderten Geld, Smartphone, Laptop und Autoschlüsssel von ihm – und ließen dennoch nicht von ihm ab.

Tagelanges Martyrium in Herrenberg
Uzundal soll zu Vize Sahin nach Bad Homburg gefahren sein, um sich Anweisungen zu holen. Als sie zurück waren, wurde dem Opfer laut Anklage das Projektil mit Messer und Pinzette ohne Betäubung herausoperiert, zudem wollten sie ihm ein Ohr abschneiden.

Nach drei Tagen gelang dem Mann die Flucht. Diese Taten und ähnliche Abstrafungsaktionen in Hessen sollen von Sahin und dem Präsidenten Mehmet Bagci angeordnet worden sein. Letzterer soll in Telefonaten zudem versucht haben, Zeugen zu seinen Gunsten zu beeinflussen, was Abhörprotokolle belegen.

Eine wahre Heerschar von Verteidigern nutzt die große Bühne, um Anträge zu stellen, etwa auf Aussetzung des Verfahrens. Am weitesten geht der Anwalt von Selcuk Sahin, der den Staatsanwalt Michael Wahl ablösen lassen will. Sein Vorwurf: Bei der bundesweiten Razzia am 13. März hätten LKA-Beamte bei der Durchsuchung der Zelle eine Kiste mit der Aufschrift „Verteidigerpost“ durchsucht und seine Notizen gelesen.

Wahl rechtfertigt die Aktion – es sei es um „Gefahrenabwehr“ gegangen: Die Aktion habe dazu gedient, ein Vereinsverbot für die Osmanen Germania zu erlassen. Auch der Vorsitzende Richter Joachim Holzhausen, der das Verfahren souverän führt, ist darüber unglücklich: „Das ist gelinde gesagt misslich.“ Am 16. April geht es weiter.


Germany - SG.

United Tribuns jetzt am Ballermann

United Tribuns
Die United Tribuns sind eine Rockerähnliche Vereinigung. Jetzt eröffnen sie ihr erstes Clubhaus am Ballermann auf Mallorca.

Sie kommen zu unserem Treffen nicht mit Motorrädern. Stefan Milojevic (27), Präsident des spanischen Ablegers der United Tribuns Mallorca, fährt einen drei Jahre alten Golf. Vizepräsident Gaston Elsasser (41) kommt in einen Kia Carens. „Wir mögen Motorräder“, sagt Gaston Elsasser.

Aber eine Motorrad-Tradition wie andere Clubs habe man nicht. Vor vier Monaten haben die United Tribuns ihren ersten Spanien Chapter eröffnet, am Sonnabend (24.3.) will man die Eröffnung des Clubhauses in der Carrer de Trasminé am südlichen Anfang der Playa feiern. „Wir erwarten Brüder aus allen Teilen der Welt“, sagt Präsident Stefan Milojevic. Er selbst stammt aus Serbien, kam mit seinen Eltern nach Mallorca und lebt hier seit 26 Jahren.

Der Ober-Boss ist in Bosnien
Der sogenannte Welt-Präsident und Chef aller Chapters – so heißen die Orts- oder Landesgruppen – ist der ehemalige bosnische Boxer Almir Culum, genannt Boki, der die Vereinigung 2004 in Villingen-Schwenningen (Baden-Württemberg) gegründet hat. Er führt die Gruppierung von seinem Heimatland Bosnien aus.

Die Mitglieder sind sowohl im Security- und Türsteherbereich als auch im Rotlichtmilieu zu finden“, sagt Markus Schäfert, Leiter der Stabsstelle Kommunikation und Medien des bayerischen Verfassungsschutzes. Almir Culum wird laut der Zeitung „Schwarzwälder Bote“ per internationalem Haftbefehl gesucht. Der Verfassungsschutz beobachtet die Gruppierung im Zusammenhang mit Organisierter Kriminalität.

In Bayern gibt es sechs Chapter
„In Bayern existieren derzeit sechs Chapter der United Tribuns in den Regionen United Tribuns Augsburg, United Tribuns Ingolstadt, United Tribuns München, United Tribuns Nürnberg, United Tribuns Rosenheim und United Tribuns Ulm, United Tribuns Neu-Ulm“, sagt Schäfert. International hätten sie im Jahr 2017 ihren Expansionswillen untermauert. „Mittlerweile bestehen circa 30 Chapter in vier Ländern: Deutschland, Italien, Österreich und Bosnien-Herzegowina. Zudem bemühen sich die United Tribuns um Chapter-Gründungen in den USA, in skandinavischen Ländern und auf der Balearen-Insel Mallorca“, sagt Schäfert. Doch was wollen die United Tribuns auf der Ferieninsel?

Wir haben als Vereinigung jetzt eine Steuernummer und arbeiten als Security oder als Bodyguards. Ich zum Beispiel arbeite als Türsteher in Magaluf“, sagt Stefan Milojevic. Bis 2017 haben einige Mitglieder des heutigen Chapters auch im Bierkönig als Sicherheitskräfte gearbeitet. Doch nach Vorwürfen, dass die Security einige Gäste zu hart angefasst habe, hat der Bierkönig die Mannschaft ausgetauscht. Enrique Gimenez (30) war vergangenes Jahr mit dabei. „Klar geht es bei den Massen an Betrunkenen auch mal heftiger zu“, sagt er. Aber es sei kein Problem der United Tribuns gewesen.

Von den 40 Angestellten waren vielleicht drei bei den United Tribuns“, so Kike Ciménez. „Vor allem haben sie dort nicht als United Tribuns gearbeitet, sondern als Privatpersonen“, wirft Präsident Stefan Milojevic bestimmend ein. Das sei ein gewaltiger und manchmal auch gewalttätiger ­Unterschied.
Alkohol, Rauchen oder Drogen sind Tabu

Wenn ich mich mit einer Kutte oder einem Schriftzug als Mitglied der United Tribuns zu erkennen gebe, gelten gewisse Regeln“, sagt er. Alkohol, Rauchen oder Drogen seien dann tabu. „Wer sich nicht daran hält, fliegt raus.“ Auch Prügeleien auf der Straße seien verpönt. „Dafür haben wir den Boxring. Wir sind Sportler“, sagt Stefan Milojevic. Der 1,94 Meter große Serbe ist MMA-Kämpfer.

Mixed Martial Arts ist ein Vollkontaktsport, der in der Regel in einem Käfig ausgetragen wird, in dem aber nicht viele Regeln gelten. Am 21. April hat er im ­Teatro Foguero seinen nächsten Kampf. In Deutschland jedoch gab es in den vergangenen Jahren blutige Auseinandersetzungen der United Tribuns, die nicht auf sportlicher Ebene ausgetragen wurden. Im Verfassungsschutzbericht Bayern aus dem Jahr 2016 ist zu lesen, dass der Vizepräsident des Chapters Ulm/Neu Ulm bei einer Schießerei mit den Black Jackets getötet wurde. Im gleichen Jahr wurde in Leipzig ein United Tribuns Anwärter bei einen Schusswechsel mit den Hells Angels getötet. Es wird vermutet, dass es sich dabei um Territorialstreitigkeiten gehandelt hat.

Zu Deutschland haben sie keinen Bezug
Zu den Vorgängen in Deutschland könne man sich nicht äußern. „Ich war nicht dabei“, sagt Stefan Milojevic. Die Chapter würden trotz hierarchischer Führung selbstständig operieren. Stefan Milojevic und Gaston Elsasser sind beide seit August 2017 bei den United Tribuns, vorher seien sie in keinem Club gewesen.

Der Polizei auf Mallorca liegen bislang keine Informationen zu den United Tribuns vor. Man werde aber ein Auge auf sie haben. Auch die örtlichen Hells Angels wollen sich nicht äußern: Clubs sprächen grundsätzlich nicht öffentlich übereinander, heißt es dort. Zu dem Miteinander auf Mallorca sagt Stefan Milojevic nur, dass es keine Konkurrenz-Situation gebe. Man begegne sich mit Respekt, was nicht heiße, dass man jemanden um Erlaubnis gefragt habe, als man den Chapter eröffnete.

Bislang zählen die United Tribuns hier 10 Mitglieder, im Clubhaus will man ein Tattoo-Studio eröffnen. „Wir sind eine offene Gruppe“, sagt Gaston Elsasser. Es werde auch Bier ausgeschenkt, vorrangig für Besucher. Für Mitglieder der United Tribuns gilt das Gesetz der Kutte, und die bleibt nun mal trocken.


Mallorca - MZ

Hells Angels to hold annual convention in Quebec

The Hells Angels are going to stage their annual Canada Run in Quebec this summer.

The Canada Run is the gang's equivalent of annual convention. Last year about 500 bikers descended on Calgary.

The Journal de Montreal says there are about 70 members of the gang based in Quebec, but as many as 700 could attend the event. The date and location have not been announced. The last time Quebec bikers hosted the Canada Run it was held at the Sanair racetrack near Saint-Pie.

Canada - BN.

Law firm Stanton Grant Legal taken over by authorities after bikie 'money laundering' raids

A Melbourne law firm raided by the Victoria Police anti-bikie taskforce last week has been seized from its partners and placed in the hands of a manager chosen by the legal regulator.

South Melbourne firm Stanton Grant Legal was one of dozens of homes and businesses raided as part of an investigation into alleged money laundering by the Comacheros outlaw motorcycle gang.

The Legal Services Board has now appointed Howard Rapke, a managing partner at the law firm Holding Redlich, as manager of Stanton Grant Legal, giving him control of the day-to-day running of the firm.

Mr Rapke confirmed the appointment, but told the ABC he could not comment on why the board had installed him and how long he would have control of the practice. The board can install a manager if it feels the interests of a firm's clients need safeguarding.

Lawyer John Voitin was until recently listed as a partner on Stanton Grant's website, but that page has now been deleted. The remaining partner is Bronwyn Goddard. Police from the anti-bikie Echo taskforce executed search warrants last week at Stanton Grant and a number of other businesses, including accountants, gyms, brothels, tattoo parlours and other legal firms.

They charged nine people with a range of offences, including false accounting, drug possession, recklessly dealing with the proceeds of crime and firearms offences. At the time, police said the businesses they targeted were suspected of being "used as a front for organised crime activities and used in money-laundering activities".

Prominent Comanchero called in by secretive agency

One of the people believed to have been targeted by the raids was self-described "forensic accountant" David Graer, who has been linked to a property developer under investigation by the Australian Taxation Office for allegedly evading tax on the sale of apartments.

Although Mr Graer was not charged by police, a building in Braeside targeted in last week's raids was until recently occupied by two of Mr Graer's companies. Last year, the ABC filmed Mr Graer and the property developer, Kevin Mingarelli, together outside the office of Stanton Grant, despite the two men claiming they had no relationship with each other.

A house next door to Mr Mingarelli's bayside home was later peppered with bullets by unknown persons in what police and neighbours believe was an attack aimed at the developer's home.
Mick Murray in a grainy picture 

The ABC has also been told by a number of sources that Mr Graer has links to prominent Comanchero Mick Murray, who is currently imprisoned after refusing to answer questions at the secretive Office of the Chief Examiner, an agency set up to help police investigate serious organised crime.

In a Supreme Court hearing last week, Murray was jailed for eight months for contempt of the chief examiner after refusing to answer questions during an examination last year. The judgement, published this week, shows that Murray refused to even take the oath of affirmation when asked.
"Mate, this is very, very simple. This is set up for people to lag. I'm not a dog. I'm not answering questions. I'm not lagging anyone," Murray is quoted as saying.
"Can't make it any more simple than that. You guys are gonna ask questions about people that I might know or know. I'm not gonna answer any questions."

It is not clear what Murray was to be questioned about, but the judgement quotes the Chief Examiner as saying he wanted to question the bikie enforcer about four alleged offences. Murray responded: "Mate, this place is the worst-kept secret in Melbourne. Everyone knows who's been to the Crimes Commission. Everyone knows who's talks about these types of things. This is not a secret. You guys can try and keep it a secret. It's not."


Australia - BN.

March 29, 2018

Former Hells Angels President George Christie interview



The Hells Angels were formed on March 17, 1948, by the Bishop family World War II veterans in Fontana, California followed by an amalgamation of former members from different motorcycle clubs, such as the Pissed Off Bastards of Bloomington.The Hells Angels' website denies the suggestion that any misfit or malcontent troops are connected with the motorcycle club. The website also notes that the name was suggested by Arvid Olsen, an associate of the founders, who had served in the Flying Tigers' "Hell's Angels" squadron in China during World War II. The name "Hell's Angels" was inspired by the typical naming of American squadrons, or other fighting groups, with a fierce, death-defying title in World Wars I and II, e.g., the Flying Tigers (American Volunteer Group) in Burma and China fielded three squadrons of P-40s and the third Squadron was called "Hell's Angels".In 1930, the Howard Hughes film Hell's Angels displayed extraordinary and dangerous feats of aviation, and it is believed that the World War II groups who used that name based it on the film.

Some of the early history of the HAMC is not clear, and accounts differ. According to Ralph "Sonny" Barger, founder of the Oakland chapter, early chapters of the club were founded in San Francisco, Gardena, Fontana, Oakland and elsewhere, with the members usually being unaware that there were other clubs. One of the lesser known clubs existed in North Chino/South Pomona, in the late 1960s.

Other sources claim that the Hells Angels in San Francisco were organized in 1953 by Rocky Graves, a Hells Angel member from San Bernardino ("Berdoo") implying that the "Frisco" Hells Angels were very much aware of their forebears. The "Frisco" Hells Angels were reorganized in 1955 with thirteen charter members, Frank Sadilek serving as President, and using the smaller, original logo. The Oakland chapter, at the time headed by Barger, used a larger version of the "Death's Head" patch nicknamed the "Barger Larger", which was first used in 1959. It later became the club standard.

The Hells Angels are often depicted in semi-mythical romantic fashion like the 19th-century James–Younger Gang: free-spirited, iconic, bound by brotherhood and loyalty. At other times, such as in the 1966 Roger Corman film The Wild Angels, they are depicted as violent and nihilistic, little more than a violent criminal gang and a scourge on society.

The club became prominent within, and established its notoriety as part of the 1960s counterculture movement in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury scene, playing a part at many of the movement's seminal events. Members were directly connected to many of the counterculture's primary leaders, such as Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters, Allen Ginsberg, Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead, Timothy Leary, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Mick Farren and Tom Wolfe. The club launched the career of "Gonzo" journalist Hunter S. Thompson.

Criminologist Karen Katz said in 2011 that the Hells Angels were the center of a moral panic in Canada involving the media, politicians, law enforcement, and the public that sensationalized the importance of isolated criminal acts.

Ex-Bandidos member testifies about being ‘out in bad standings’

Andrew “Corky” Gomez is now a pariah to the Bandidos Motorcycle Club despite dedicating seven years of his life to the group, even helping it commit murder. Gomez, who was in the Bandidos from 1998 to 2005, testified today that he took over as president of a local Bandidos chapter in San Antonio in 2002 when its then-president John Xavier Portillo was promoted to the national chapter.
 
But Portillo, who is facing racketeering charges in a three-month trial in San Antonio with another former Bandidos leader, first had Gomez demoted and later kicked “out in bad standings” after Gomez got crossways with the outlaw biker club and refused to hand over his motorcycle to the Bandidos, Gomez testified.
“Basically, you’re out of the biker world,” Gomez said when asked what he meant. “You can’t go anwywhere they (Bandidos) are.”

Gomez said he was beaten to the point his eyes swelled shut and he had broken ribs, had his Texas “rocker” (patch) and later his Bandidos vest revoked, and he was harassed repeatedly.

Gomez said he shot a Bandidos member who was part of a group that harassed him at his San Antonio auto shop and later was to be a witness for police against another Bandidos member, Johnny “Downtown” Romo, who had fired a gun at Gomez.

At one point, Gomez said, he reached a deal to try to end the harassment — he would not press charges against the Bandidos if they removed his “out in bad standings” designation and left him alone.

The deal lasted “a couple of years,” until Gomez bought a beer for a Bandidos member he saw at a bar, Gomez said. As Gomez reached out to shake the member’s hand, he was punched instead, Gomez testified.

Gomez said he called Romo, who told him Portillo refused to remove the designation because Gomez had not turned over his motorcycle. Gomez said he decided to pay $4,000 to the club to end the pressure.


Gomez also testified that in January 2002, while he was vice president of the Bandidos’ Southwest San Antonio chapter, he was part of the plot to retaliate against Robert Lara for the 2001 killing of Javier Negrete, who was the local chapter’s secretary at the time.


Portillo was president of that chapter at that time, and Gomez said Portillo showed him the .22-caliber pistol he was going to give Bandidos member Richard Merla to kill Lara.
 
Gomez also testified that after Lara’s slaying, Portillo called him to help him get rid of the weapon. Gomez drove Portillo to a creek off Rigsby Avenue, where Portillo tossed it in the water, Gomez said.

That part of Gomez’s testimony, however, conflicted with Merla, who testified on Tuesday that Portillo destroyed the gun with a torch at the home of Portillo’s brother. Gomez also testified that he took over Negrete’s drug operations after his death and would often supply Portillo and other members with large quantities of cocaine and methamphetamines.

As part of a cooperation agreement with the feds, Gomez pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder and is facing 10 years in prison instead of the possibility of a life term. Portillo was promoted to the Bandidos’ national chapter as national sergeant at arms in May 2002, and became vice president in 2013, according to testimony.

He is on trial with Jeffrey Fay Pike of suburban Houston, who was the club’s president from 2006 until he and Portillo were arrested in January 2016. The criminal conduct Gomez alleged occurred during the reign of George Wegers, who stepped down as Bandidos president in 2005 amid his own racketeering case in Washington state. Pike was vice president under Wegers and under cross-examination, Gomez said Pike “was a good guy.”

Portillo’s lawyers are to cross-examine Gomez this afternoon.


USA - BN.

Bikie boss Mick Murray jailed for refusing to aid authorities

COMANCHEROS outlaw bikie boss Michael Murray has been jailed for contempt, after refusing to co-operate with Victorian authorities, saying “I’m not a dog”. The 40-year-old was hauled before Victoria’s chief examiner to be quizzed about four serious alleged offences in March last year.

FEARS FOR JAILED COMANCHEROS BOSS AS BIKIES’ FEUD RAMPS UP (link is external)

COMANCHERO BIKIE BOSS JAILED AS POLICE GET TOUGH ON GANGS (link is external)
On Wednesday, Victorian Supreme Court Justice Peter Riordan jailed Murray for eight months for contempt, saying his refusal to be sworn and co-operate with authorities was “deliberate and flagrant”.
“Your refusal to be sworn ... was blatant, and you have not sought to purge your contempt,” he said.

TATTOO PARLOUR EXECUTION ATTEMPT BELIEVED LINKED TO MICK HAWI MURDER (link is external)


Comancheros outlaw bikie boss Michael Murray has been jailed for contempt.

Victoria Police’s division targeting outlaw bikie gangs had summoned Murray to appear before the examiner for questioning about organised crime offences, but he repeatedly refused to participate.
“Mate, this is very, very simple, I’m not a dog, I’m not answering questions. I’m not lagging anyone,” he said. “You’re wasting your time.”

Murray also expressed concern about the secrecy of the coercive process, calling it the “worst kept secret in Melbourne”.
“You guys can try and keep it a secret. It’s not,” he said.

The court heard Murray was approached repeatedly by police who advised him they had uncovered a plan to harm him and his family, and his life was in danger.

Mick Murray is under 23-hour lockdown in Barwon Prison. Picture: Hamish Blair

The threats, and his role in the outlaw bikie gang, has led to Murray being put in 23-hour lockdown in Barwon Prison’s Acacia unit in a cell with no windows.

But Justice Riordan said his refusal to co-operate was not based on fear of retribution, but a desire to maintain the code of silence.
“Your blunt refusal to co-operate was in direct defiance of the legislation,” he said.
“You have demonstrated no remorse and your prospects of rehabilitation are poor.”

The judge took into account his harsh prison regime and threats to him and and his family, in sentencing.


Australia - BN.

March 28, 2018

Sons of Anarchy star Sonny Barger Net Worth in 2018



Ralph Hubert Barger, commonly known as Sonny Barger is an actor and author. His mother abandoned him when he was a small kid and was brought up by his alcoholic father. He is the founder of Oakland chapter of Hells Angels. Barger is famous for his works on various movies and TV shows including Hell’s Angels Forever, Sons of Anarchy and Dead in 5 Heartbeats. Despite being diagnosed with throat cancer, he has authored some well-known books. Besides, he has accumulated an impressive net worth to his name.

BANDIDOS MC BAYSIDE CHAPTER AUSTRALIA ANNUAL POKER RUN PART 1


Lawyers for ex-Bandidos leader try to rip key witness’ testimony

Lawyers for a former leader of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club on Tuesday began chipping away at the testimony of a key government witness, a woman who became “property” of the notorious biker club. That witness, Magenta Winans, 46, testified on Friday that she helped the Bandidos murder a street gang member in retaliation for the killing of a fellow biker, aided their drug trafficking and ran the group’s call girl service in San Antonio, called Platinum Escorts.
 
Her testimony was offered by the government in support of a federal indictment that alleges that the Bandidos’ racketeering enterprise spanned 16 years, from 2000 to 2016. Her testimony dealt mostly with allegations over the first half of that period.

While some of her testimony implicated several Bandido members, none is on trial other than former national president Jeffrey Fay Pike and ex-national vice president John Xavier Portillo. Pike, of suburban Houston, has been president of the Bandidos since 2006 and was vice president under George Wegers of Washington state, who was removed after he was indicted in his own racketeering case. Portillo, of San Antonio, became a member of the Bandidos’ national chapter in 2002, first as a sergeant at arms, and he later became the club’s national vice president in 2013, according to testimony.
 
Both were arrested in January 2016 as part of the government’s efforts to take down its leaders. Testimony so far in the trial, which began Feb. 27 and is expected to last three months, has shown that the feds made much of their case by squeezing Bandidos members from the San Antonio area, who agreed to cooperate in order to get leniency for their own crimes.

RELATED: Ex-Bandido cries as he tells how he ended life of Hells Angels member (link is external)

Winans’ testimony largely implicated Portillo. Though he and Pike are charged in a series of crimes related to racketeering conspiracy, including allegations that they ordered beatings or sanctioned murder, only Portillo is charged in the January 2002 murder of Robert Lara, a member of the Two Six Nation street gang.
 
She testified that she drove Lara to a waiting Bandidos ambush at a picnic area off Interstate 37 in Atascosa County, where he was shot repeatedly, after he confessed to her that he had killed Bandidos member Javier “Jay” Negrete in late 2001 at Tifanny’s Billiards on San Pedro Avenue.

Her help, Winans claimed, endeared Winans to the Bandidos in San Antonio, and she said Portillo also told her that the club would make her “property” in order to keep her working for the club and to fend off any attempts on her life. She said she even lied to or stonewalled law enforcement when they questioned her about her involvement in Lara’s killing.

One of Portillo’s attorneys, Robbie Ward, tried to show jurors that Winans only implicated her client to save her own skin. Winans had a series of drug-related arrests before 2007, and decided to cooperate against some Bandidos that year. She pleaded guilty to a federal misdemeanor of possession of methamphetamines, and served two years of probation with drug rehab. Winans was not charged in Lara’s killing as part of a deal with the feds.

Ward reminded Winans that she didn’t mention Portillo’s alleged involvement until recent years. For instance, Ward pointed out that, when Winans was questioned in 2007 by law enforcement, she told them that Andrew “Corky” Gomez, then the vice president of the Bandidos’ Southwest San Antonio chapter, was “the boss” — and not Portillo.

Winans admitted she had an affair with Gomez, who was vice president of the Southwest Chapter under Portillo. At the time, Portillo was the local chapter’s president until he was voted into the national chapter — with the rank of sergeant at arms — in May 2002, four months after the Lara killing.

It was part of the defense strategy — to show that any crimes Winans blamed on the Bandidos were actually tied to Gomez or others he directed, including Richard Merla, who was kicked out of the Bandidos for killing noted San Antonio boxer Robert “Pikin” Quiroga in 2004. For instance, Gomez initially asked Winans if she loved him enough to kill for him when she was being recruited to help lure Lara to his death.

Over and over, Ward called Winans on discrepancies in her statements to the feds and her testimony. Winans said that the death of her son in 2010 left her with PTSD, and as a result, her recollection can vary.
“I just remember traumatic events, but not other details,” Winans testified.

Meanwhile, Gomez and Frederick “Fast Fred” Cortez have pleaded guilty to federal charges related to Lara’s killing and may testify against Portillo and Pike. It was not immediately clear if jurors will hear from Merla, who is serving time in state prison for the killings of Quiroga and Lara.


The government’s witness list is Sealed.


USA - BN.

Gang leader gets prison in man's slaying

The president of the now defunct Sin City Deciples motorcycle gang was handcuffed in preparation for a four-year prison sentence Monday in connection with last year's killing of a man who apparently ran afoul of gang rules.

Mesa County District Judge Valerie Robison ordered Richard Byrd, 49, into custody soon after hearing him offer a new version of the events that led to the March 2017 shooting death of 38-year-old Dion Nixon in a confrontation with gang members. Byrd led a formation of Deciples to Nixon's home in the James Trailer Park, according to several witnesses. A drunken and angry Nixon saw the gang approach and began waving a gun, according to witness accounts recounted during Byrd's sentencing hearing, as well as one a few hours earlier for Rufus Billups, the 42-year-old sergeant-at-arms for the gang at the time.

Byrd, through his attorney, told Robison he hadn't intended to drive the gang by Nixon's house, but that one member broke formation — and gang protocol — to turn into the trailer park and that Byrd brought up the rear.

Gunshot residue was found on his arm, but not on his hands, suggesting he hadn't fired a firearm and the residue might have been placed there as he hugged gang members after the shooting, according to Byrd.

Five gang members and four women were in the group that confronted Nixon.
Byrd also denied speaking to Nixon on the telephone during a heated argument that authorities said precipitated the confrontation. Never during any hearing for two defendants in the case had Robison heard that the Deciples had broken formation or any denial that Byrd had participated in the phone call.

Authorities contend that the gang considered Nixon's girlfriend "property" and were bound to deal with her complaints of abuse at Nixon's hand. Robison said she was "perplexed" by Byrd's last-minute version, which he offered after pleading guilty to attempting to influence a public servant in a deal that left sentencing up to the judge. Byrd had been free on bond until the hearing.

Soon after Robison noted that Byrd was offering new information, a deputy arrived in the courtroom. None had been on duty previously. Byrd had a responsibility to the gang to keep it out of trouble, Robison said.
"You were the president of the organization," Robison said, adding that it was "hard to believe" that he was riding at the end of the line, or that his arms were contaminated by gunshot residue by hugs.

Robison hours before gave Billups a suspended four-year prison sentence, noting that authorities found no gunshot residue on him after the shooting. Billups denied firing a gun, though he did accept possession of one afterwards, according to information offered at his sentencing. Robison said the lack of gunshot residue on Billups was a key element of her decision in handing down the suspended sentence for Billups.

Last week, Mesa County District Judge Richard Gurley sentenced a third person, Gregory Clark, 39, to time served after he pleaded guilty to reckless manslaughter. He was in jail for 298 days and was sentenced to 90 days.

Clark had fired the fatal shot, but it was unclear whether he was shooting in self defense. Gang members and residents, however, told authorities that Nixon was the first to fire shots.

Investigators and prosecutors had difficulty piecing together all the things that happened, District Attorney Dan Rubinstein said. Byrd, Billups and Clark were originally charged with first-degree murder. Billups was sentenced on a charge of attempting to influence a public servant and possession of a weapon by a previous offender.

Nixon's family was endangered and traumatized by bullets whizzing through the mobile homes, Rubinstein said. Byrd called out instructions to his family about what to do with his cellphone, which he had left on a courtroom bench, as he was being taken into custody.

The Grand Junction chapter of the Sin City Deciples no longer exists, said Billups' attorney, Matt Daymon.


USA - BN.

March 27, 2018

HELLS ANGELS A woman was fired in Kingman, because her husband is member of Hells Angels support MC



HELLS ANGELS ARIZONA A woman was fired in Kingman, Arizona because her husband is member of Desert Road Riders (Hells Angels support Motorcycle club)

Can a Active Duty Cop be in charge of a 1%er Motorcycle Club?



Listen in on Big Pete author of the last chicago boss and former regional vice president of the chicago outlaws motorcycle club calls out the hypocrisy on a so called 1%er club being led by an active duty Chicago Cop. To Buy Big Petes "The Last Chicago Boss"

Saskatoon police informant says he was 'subject to psychological torture' while in Witness Protection Program

A police informant whose collaboration with Saskatoon city police allowed investigators to undertake a massive operation targeting gang and organized crime is suing the federal government.

Noel Harder’s lawsuit alleges the RCMP caused him and his family emotional, psychological and financial distress while they were in the federal Witness Protection Program (WPP).

Harder was a member of the Fallen Saints Motorcycle Club and was under police surveillance when officers pulled him over in 2014 and found guns in his truck. He made a deal: in exchange for avoiding criminal charges, he would work with police as a confidential informant on Project Forseti.

Noel Harder

The operation wrapped up in January 2015 and resulted in the seizure of firearms and more than $8 million worth of drugs. Charges were laid against about 20 people, many from the Hells Angels and Fallen Saints motorcycles clubs. Final criminal court proceedings are expected to wrap up this year.
After the bust, Harder was moved out of the province and placed in the WPP with his wife and two young children. According to a statement of claim filed Monday in Regina Court of Queen’s Bench, they lost their home and belongings, were not given new identities, were not given money they believed they were owed and were “subject to psychological torture” while part of the WPP.

Statements of claim contain allegations that have not been proven in Court.
The lawsuit alleges that if the family raised concerns about their treatment in the program, they were told they would be expelled from the WPP, “which meant a death sentence for them.”

Harder and his family were booted from the WPP after an incident in November 2017 when Harder was “present in an establishment when there were approximately 100 Hells Angels and Associates,” the statement of claim says.
“The Plaintiffs are in a much worse state than when they entered WPP, financially, psychologically and emotionally,” it argues.
“The program has totally and entirely failed the Plaintiffs and the infant children.”¨

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Tony Merchant, Harder’s lawyer, said Harder and his family are currently on the run and he doesn’t know where they are. Even though Harder is no longer in the WPP, he can only contact Harder through an RCMP handler, Merchant said.

He would not give any additional information about the November 2017 incident that resulted in Harder’s expulsion from the WPP, but said he believed RCMP wanted Harder out of the program so they would not have to take responsibility if something happened to him.

Harder’s claim seeks compensation for psychological damages and distress and loss of his home, belongings and businesses, plus exemplary and punitive damages.
“The exemplary and punitive damages that should be awarded by this Honourable Court should be very large taking into account that Harder assisted in Project Forseti (which) resulted in convictions and federal penitentiary time for some of Saskatchewan’s worst drug and firearms criminals,” the statement of claim reads.


No one from the RCMP was available for comment on Monday.


Canada - BN.

Arson investigators looking into suspicious fire at local motorcycle club

Local arson investigators are looking into an early Sunday morning fire at a midtown Columbus motorcycle club, Fire Marshal Ricky Shores said. The call to Columbus Fire and Emergency Medical Services came just before 2 a.m. for the Chosen Few Motor Cycle Club at 1238 Midway Drive.

Firefighters from the Brown Avenue and downtown stations were able to quickly bring situation under control and keep it from doing serious damage to the building, Shores said. There were three separate fires started on the exterior of the building, Shores said, declining to go into additional details.

There was no one in the building at the time of the fire, but people had been there earlier in the evening, Shores said.

The Chosen Few Motorcycle Club on Midway Drive in Columbus was damaged by fire Sunday morning. Chuck Williams chwilliams@ledger-enquirer.com (link sends e-mail)
 
The fire marshal called the fire suspicious, but declined to go into additional details. No arrests have been made or charges filed, Shores said. Chosen Few Motor Cycle Club is national organization with a Columbus chapter. The storefront on Midway Drive is a private club used by members.


USA - BN.

March 26, 2018

Death Penalty for Drug Lords: Is lethal injection the solution to the War on Drugs?


The War on Drugs is a complex ordeal with a far-reaching and profound impact on society. While citizens buckle under the weight of drug crimes and addiction, politicians hijacked the theme to project a tough-on-crime image to the public while doing little to solve the problems.

Last week, President Trump joined a long line of his predecessors when he held a War on Drugs speech of his own. “We’re wasting our time if we don’t get tough with drug dealers, and that toughness includes the death penalty,” he told an audience in New Hampshire on March 19. “The ultimate penalty has to be the death penalty.”

His words echoed earlier statements of support for dictator Rodrigo Duterte, President of the Philippines, who has been waging a brutal war on drug dealers and users since he came to power in June of 2016. Dubbed Operation Double Barrel, Duterte’s war has resulted in the extrajudicial execution of more than 12,000 people accused of using and selling drugs across the Philippines.
Trump praised Duterte’s crackdown, saying he was doing an “unbelievable job on the drug problem”. Duterte’s “unbelievable job” and death penalty, however, are executed on the streets by his police force and are based purely on a basis of kill first, ask questions later, outraging human rights groups.
“Maybe our country is not ready for that, it’s possible, it’s possible,” Trump went on in his New Hampshire speech. “Personally, I can’t understand that.”

Kingpin
Author Seth Ferranti, a former drug kingpin who served decades behind bars for his infraction, is not surprised by Trump’s call for the death penalty. “Trump’s recent declaration that he’s thinking about introducing the death penalty for drug dealers harkens back to the Get Tough on Crime and War on Drugs era that I thought we had moved onward from in this medical marijuana world we live in nowadays,” he tells Gangsters Inc. “But with drug hardliners like Jeff Sessions, who never met a prison he didn’t like, Trump’s philosophy change should have been expected.”

In the end, though, Ferranti doesn’t view this as a genuine policy change, but rather as a big publicity stunt. “It’s just a ploy to detract from something else he has in the works,” he explains. “This is taking us back to the 1980s mentality. When I got out after serving multiple decades because of the War on Drugs I thought the charade was over. I mean, we had legal marijuana. They were conducing trials using LSD as a medicine. It seemed everything had made a 180 degree turn. I think all of these recent announcements are just rhetoric until they pass the laws.”

Ferranti also notes that prosecutors already have been charging some drug dealers with murder when their clients overdose. In Florida, individuals charged with providing cocaine, heroin or fentanyl to a person who dies from using said drug can also be charged with first-degree murder and sentenced to either life in prison or death. “That is crazy too,” Ferranti says. “No one charges Chevrolet when someone wrecks their Camaro and dies.”

Apart from these state laws, the federal death penalty is already available for limited drug-related offenses, including violations of the drug kingpin provisions of federal law. It is unknown whether Trump has plans for legislation to expand use of the death penalty for federal drug crimes, but his words certainly seem to hint at that.

Pacman
Tony Moreno spent over 30 years in the Los Angeles Police Department, working at the special problems unit, gangs, organized crime, narcotics, homicide, various detective squads and Community Resources Against Street Hoodlums (CRASH). After his retirement he wrote several books including Lessons From A Gang Cop and Cops in America: Dealing with the “Ferguson Effect”.

You may know Moreno better by his nickname. “While assigned to the Department's Citywide Gang Detail from 1982 through 1986, I was nicknamed ‘Pacman’ by the gang members in south-central Los Angeles because of the yellow Plymouth Fury I drove during those five years,” he tells Gangsters Inc. “Due to my reputation and work in the area of gangs, my nickname “Pacman” and a replica yellow Plymouth Fury I drove were used in the storyline of the classic gang movie Colors, starring Robert Duvall and Sean Penn.”

Moreno has seen what drugs to a community. “When you think about what a true drug dealer does, he or she poisons the community and creates a trail of violence, death and misery so that they can prosper financially,” Moreno explains. “It’s a truly disgusting and far-reaching crime.”
As such, he understands President Trump’s sentiment, he says. “But it’s also too easy for people to look the other way or make excuses on this issue because so many Americans are affected by it,” he adds. “President Obama pardoned drug dealers before he left office and there wasn’t much outrage over it. When you think about us as a society that releases people from prison who have actually killed other human beings, then I can’t see drug dealers being put to death. After all, to some people, they are considered non-violent criminals and in most cases, we don’t even put convicted killers to death.”

Big Pharma
The recent opioid crisis has painted politicians in a corner, though. For decades they were lobbied successfully by rich pharmaceutical companies pushing their prescription painkillers on the public. With big donations to politicians, these companies bought a free market to sell their drug of choice. As more doctors prescribed patients with these painkillers, problems quickly arose and spun out of control.

Though marijuana is often described as a gateway drug, prescription painkillers like OxyContin proved a far deadlier guide into the world of drug overdoses. Once prescription drugs became too expensive, addicts moved on to heroin, fentanyl or other street drugs.


The combined death rate from using these opioids – from painkillers to heroin and fentanyl – came to 42,000 people in 2016 in the United States, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.After having given the pharmaceutical companies such a free reign, politicians now have to flex their anti-crime muscles for the public, which can see and experience the devastation of the opioid crisis all around them. Enter: The death penalty.

Death around the world
A 2017 investigation by Harm Reduction International (HRI), a drug-focused NGO, found that 33 countries impose the death penalty for drug smuggling. Its 2017 report states that: “Between January 2015 and December 2017, at least 1,320 people are known to have been executed for drug-related offences - 718 in 2015; 325 in 2016; and 280 in 2017. These estimates do not include China, as reliable figures continue to be unavailable for the country.”

Furthermore, it states that: “Between 2015 and 2017, executions for drug offences took place in at least five countries: China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia and Singapore.” That last country, Singapore, is another favorite of Trump. He points out that countries like Singapore have fewer issues with drug addiction because they severely punish those who manufacture and distribute the illegal product.
Trump’s support for the death penalty is based on the idea that tougher laws and sentences will work as a preventive measure. However, there is no evidence such harsh penalties work even in those countries where the death penalty is actively handed out.

Iran has been the world’s top executioner for drug offences by far, with at least 1,176 executions carried out since January 2015, HRI reports. Yet that hasn’t stopped the flow of heroin through its streets.

China is another place where drug dealers are executed, but that has done little to stop organized crime and gangs alike trafficking and dealing in drugs. It has, however, given Chinese authorities an effective tool in dealing with opponents.
“China’s anti-crime campaigns are problematic because they can easily double as partisan purges, such as the targeting of political rivals during the anti-mafia drive of former Chongqing party czar Bo Xilai,” writes Maya Wang, a China Senior Researcher at Human Rights Watch. “So it is a worrying sign that China’s top court announced that those who ‘threaten political security’ would be targeted alongside with drug kingpins, loan sharks, and other types of criminals in this nationwide campaign.”

When looking at the death penalty, it is interesting to note that many of the countries that are hailed as prime examples of its success are severely lacking in freedom and democracy. China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, and Indonesia all have executed drug dealers. Each country has its own difficulties with freedom – be it the democratic governmental process, a free economy or freedom of the press.

The fact that these countries have had varying degrees of success in stomping out drug groups then can be found more in the control the oppressive State has over everyday life and less in the death penalty.

Solution?
Back in the United States of America, the story is different. This is a democracy where freedom is a citizen’s right. Where the press has the freedom to investigate and report the truth. What impact could the death penalty have here?
“I don’t think it will deter anyone,” Ferranti says adamantly. “No one thinks they will get caught or that it will happen to them.”
“I don’t think it would work,” Moreno agrees. “First of all, you’d have to determine and define who or what is a major drug dealer. I have seen instances where the so-called leader isn’t the actual boss or top man. They are put in the position as the face of the gang or organization but they aren’t really calling the shots. A smart top man will insulate himself from the illicit business as best as he can.

Secondly, I believe that many of the people who are responsible for much of the drugs coming into the United States are not actually here in the country themselves. It’s a tribute to our country’s law enforcement that these bosses like to stay away, but it makes the job that much harder.”
The question regarding who is targeted also puzzles Ferranti, who is afraid the brunt of the crackdown will fall on those who already live on the fringes. “Like always America wants to punish the small guy in the food chain while Big Pharma gets away scot-free,” he says. “Big Pharma is the reason we are in the midst of a terrible opioid epidemic in this country. But no one is calling for their heads. Why not?”

As happened with the crack cocaine epidemic of the 1980s, he fears minorities will get hit the hardest. Ferranti: “Black and brown colored people have always been the targets in America.”

Moreno doesn’t see things that negatively. “Hopefully, it would target whoever is responsible for most of the drugs coming into a given community or city. I can’t see race or ethnicity being a major concern because whoever is poisoning the black or Latino communities needs to be stopped, even if they are black or Latino, themselves. After all, you would be trying to save these communities from the people poisoning them, not persecute the people.”


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Politiet mener han er farlig – kan komme ut om kort tid

Bandidos-topp Lars Harnes ble fredag frikjent for drapsforsøk. Det betyr at han snart kan komme ut i samfunnet igjen. Det til tross for at politiet mener at han burde idømmes en lang forvaringsdom.

Fredag falt dommen i den omfattende «Sult-saken» i Oslo tingrett der 13 personer satt på tiltalebenken. Hovedpersonene er NOKAS-raner Metkel Betew og Bandidos-topp Lars Harnes. Påtalemyndigheten ville ha Metkel Betew dømt til 20 års forvaring for drapsforsøk, ransplaner og innførsel av store mengder narkotika.

Betew ble imidlertid frikjent for de mest alvorlige tiltalepunktene. Dommen ble på fem år og fire måneder for innførsel av 50 kilo hasj. Da Betew ble pågrepet i «Sult-saken», brøt han vilkårene i prøveløslatelsen etter NOKAS-dommen. Dermed ble han gjeninnsatt på forvaring. Han må først sone ferdig denne før han kan begynne å sone fredagens dom. Det er derfor uvisst når Betew eventuelt kommer ut.


 Metkel Betew avbildet under straffesaken mot ham i fjor høst. Han ble frikjent på seks av syv tiltalepunkter.
Metkel Betew avbildet under straffesaken mot ham i fjor høst. Han ble frikjent på seks av syv tiltalepunkter. Foto: NTB Scanpix

En som imidlertid snart kan være en fri mann, er Bandidos-skikkelsen Lars Harnes.

Nesten 1000 dager i varetekt

Påtalemyndigheten mener at Harnes på oppdrag fra Metkel Betew ble hyret inn for å drepe Imran Saber. Saber er en kjent person i Oslos kriminelle miljø og går under kallenavn som «Skrue» og «David Toskas finansminister».

Påtalemyndigheten la ned påstand om 14 års forvaring for drapsforsøk, men Harnes ble i likhet med Betew frikjent. Årsaken er at retten ikke finner det bevist at han forsøkte å drepe Saber. Harnes ble imidlertid dømt til fem års fengsel for brudd på våpenloven. Ettersom han allerede har sonet nærmere 1000 dager i varetekt, er han snart en fri mann hvis ikke dommen ankes.Tidligere Bandidos-topp Lars Harnes kan snart være en fri mann. (Foto: Privat)
Tidligere Bandidos-topp Lars Harnes kan snart være en fri mann. (Foto: Privat)

Det står i grell kontrast til hvordan påtalemyndigheten vurderer Harnes. Ettersom de ønsket å idømme ham en forvaringsdom, mener de at han er farlig og at det er stor sannsynlighet for at han vil begå nye kriminelle handlinger. Årsaken til at de vil dømme Harnes til forvaring, er hans kriminelle fortid.

Dømt for tortur

Harnes har i mange vært en sentral skikkelse i MC-klubben Bandidos. Han ble selv skutt under konflikten som herjet mellom MC-miljøene på 90-tallet.

Harnes er siden dømt for blant annet tortur og frihetsberøvelse. I 2004 ble han tatt på fersken under ranet av en verditransport på Aker brygge. Ranet ble utført mens han hadde 24 timers permisjon fra fengselet mens han sonet tortur-dommen. Bildene fra ranet viser hvordan de tre ranerne går brutalt til verks og retter en maskinpistol mot en vekter.Bilde fra DnBs overvåkingskamera på Aker Brygge under ranet i 2004. Her har vekteren nettopp blitt truet med våpen og hendene er stripset fast bakpå ryggen.
Bilde fra DnBs overvåkingskamera på Aker Brygge under ranet i 2004. Her har vekteren nettopp blitt truet med våpen og hendene er stripset fast bakpå ryggen. Foto: NTB Scanpix

Harnes ble dømt til forvaring for Aker brygge-ranet – en dom han sonet sammen med Metkel Betew på Ila fengsel- og forvaringsanstalt. Betew sonet da forvaringsdommen på 16 år etter NOKAS-ranet.

På avdelingen sonet flere pedofile og overgrepsdømte lange dommer. VG har tidligere skrevet at Harnes skal ha trakassert pedofile bak fengselsmurene. Betew og Harnes fant imidlertid tonen.

​​I «Sult-saken» kom det frem at Lars Harnes sommeren 2015 seks ganger kjørte en stjålet Vespa med falske skilter til Imran Sabers garasje på Oslos østkant.



Han hadde kledd seg i nylon fra topp til tå for ikke å legge igjen spor. Harnes hadde også med seg en skarpladd pistol med lyddemper.

LES OGSÅ: Slik var det hemmelige spillet for å redde Toska-venn fra likvidering.


I retten forklarte Harnes at han bare skulle «skremme Saber litt». Retten mener det er mange forhold som taler for at Harnes var i garasjen for å drepe, men flertallet av dommerne mener det ikke er bevist at han forsøkte å gjennomføre drapshandlingen, slik han var tiltalt for.
– Min klient er fornøyd, men premissene i dommen er alvorlige. Retten legger til grunn for at han var der for å drepe, mens Harnes sier at han var der for å skremme, sier Harnes' forsvarer, advokat Øyvind Bratlien til TV 2.

– Meningsløst med forvaring

Ettersom Harnes «bare» ble dømt til fem års fengsel for brudd på våpenloven, vil han være ute om rundt to år. Forbeholdet er at dommen ikke ankes.Advokat Øyvind Bratlien forsvarer Lars Harnes. Han avviser at den tidligere Bandidos-skikkelsen er farlig.
Advokat Øyvind Bratlien forsvarer Lars Harnes. Han avviser at den tidligere Bandidos-skikkelsen er farlig. Foto: NTB Scanpix

Forsvarer Bratlien mener det ville vært meningsløst å idømme Harnes en forvaringsdom.
– Det er meningsløst fordi det ikke har noe reelt innhold. Ubetinget fengsel er langt bedre egnet for å tilbakeføre Harnes til samfunnet. Han vil, om dommen ikke ankes, omtrent være halvveis i soningen og kan fases tilbake til samfunnet på en god måte, sier Bratlien.

– Ikke farlig

Han viser til at Harnes har to tidligere dommer som er alvorlige, men at andre kriminelle har flere og like alvorlige dommer uten å ha blitt idømt forvaring.
– Dommene hans ligger langt tilbake i tid. Harnes har sittet mange år inne og er mye roligere, mer fornuftig og mindre farlig nå. Han er snart 50 år, sier Bratlien.

I dommen indikeres det at Harnes kan utgjøre en fare for andre kriminelle.
– Det er ikke tilstrekkelig for å idømme forvaring. Harnes sier han kun var i garasjen for å skremme.


Han utgjør på ingen måte en fare for vanlige folk eller samfunnet i dag, sier Bratlien.

Hemmelige agenter

I korte trekk handler Sult-saken, som gikk i Oslo tingrett fra september til desember i fjor, ut på tre hovedelementer: Drapsforsøk, ransplaner og innførsel av narkotika. De mener Betew var hovedmannen i nettverket bestående av 13 personer.


Politiet brukte utradisjonelle metoder i etterforskningen. Blant annet hentet de inn tre danske politiagenter som infiltrerte Betews angivelige nettverk.

Agentene kalte seg for Tiller, Danny og Mugge. De utga seg for å være kriminelle samtidig som de tok skjulte lydopptak av flere samtaler. Likevel holdt ikke bevisene til domfellelse på de mest alvorlige tiltalepunktene.
– Vi har fra første stund sagt at tiltalen var uriktig, og nå er min klient frifunnet på seks av syv tiltaleposter. Sånn sett er han domfelt i tråd med de anbefalingene som jeg ga retten. Vi er tilfreds, sier Betews forsvarer, advokat Marius Dietrichson.Advokat Marius O. Dietrichson forsvarer Metkel Betew.
Advokat Marius O. Dietrichson forsvarer Metkel Betew. Foto: NTB Scanpix

Både Harnes, Betew og påtalemyndigheten vil lese dommen før de tar stilling til en eventuell anke​.


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Police presence boosted as Hells Angels roll through Nelson

A large group of Hells Angels taking part in the annual poker run in Nelson were largely well behaved, police say. The sight and sound of motorcycles in convoy was hard to miss in the Nelson region as the annual one-day Sun City Poker Run took more than 100 riders, along a circuit based around State Highway 6 on Saturday. Nelson Bays area commander Inspector Mat Arnold-Kelly said the poker run was something that police anticipated every year, with extra staff brought in to increase police presence during the ride.
The Sun City 2018 Poker Run returned to Nelson on Saturday, beginning at the Belgrove Tavern. (File photo.)
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The Sun City 2018 Poker Run returned to Nelson on Saturday, beginning at the Belgrove Tavern. (File photo.)
 
While he did not want to elaborate on tactics used over the weekend, he said no major incidents had occurred although a number of infringement notices were issued and several arrests made "incidental to the event".

A number of traffic complaints were also received from members of the public.

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Beginning at Belgrove Tavern on Saturday, the poker run was advertised for British, European and American motorcycles only, with an entry "donation" of $20 and a first prize of $500 for the best poker hand from the cards collected at the various stops.

As with other years, the event raised money for MediMax Ambulance, a Richmond-based private company that provides first-aid services to sports events around the region. The event is organised by Nelson Prospects 81, a feeder club to the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club. In 2018 it coincided with the 70th anniversary since the latter's founding in California.

Accompanying the rider convoy on the day, Medimax owner and former Tasman mayoral candidate Maxwell Clark said he was grateful for the financial support from the ride, which would go towards the purchase of equipment for the six-strong fleet of ambulances.
"We provide a service these people like, we follow them with our ambulances around the circuit and they give us a donation at the end - and it's only a donation from the entry fees that they have on the day - we don't get anything from any other source," he said.
"We appreciate their donation - we cover a lot of events from motorbike events to this weekend where we're covering the Mapua fair and a motocross event at Kaihoka Lakes so we appreciate people's willingness to give us a little to buy some gear to support these community events."

St John Ambulance had previously been the main recipients of the event until 2010 when it decided not to accept money from the event. Clark said Medimax became the main beneficiary of the poker run after a direct approach from the event organisers.
"The simple fact of the matter is when you've got a large group of people riding bikes, whether it be cycling or this, there is a tendency to have the odd problem and we just follow behind and help when they need it."


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March 25, 2018

The Top 6 Largest Gangs And 1% Outlaw Motorcycle Clubs In New Zealand



The Top 6 Largest Gangs And Outlaw Motorcycle Clubs In New Zealand

1. The Mongrel Mob

The Mongrel Mob are the biggest gang in New Zealand and also the most intimidating.
The gang was formed in the late 1960s in the hawkes bay of New Zealand but now they
are located throughout the entire country and even have chapters in Australia
Mongrel Mob members are known for their full face tattoos. Nazi tattoos are very common among Mongrel Mob members such as swastikas and bulldogs wearing german helmets. The Mongrel Mob are not an outlaw motorcycle club however they do wear vests with patches. The Mongrel Mob's main enemy is the Black Power gang which is the 2nd largest gang in New Zealand. There has been many violent clashes between the Mongrel Mob and Black Power In past years.

2. The Black Power

The black power is the 2nd largest gang in New Zealand. The black power gang was formed in Wellington in 1970 to protect themselves from other gangs such as the Mongrel Mob and Skin Head Gangs. The black power now spread throughout New Zealand and their main
rival is the Mongrel Mob.

3. The Nomads

The nomads were formed in 1977 by Dennis Hines a former Black Power member. Many believe that he left the Black Power gang to form the Nomads because he believe the black power were becoming too soft. The Nomads are located in the horewhenua, Masterton And Wellington. In 2009 the leader of the Nomads died in prison resulting in a power struggle within the gang. This power struggle resulted in multiple shootings and a house was burnt to the ground however there were no fatalities.

4. The Head Hunters Motorcycle Club

The head hunters were formed in the late 1960s in Auckland. At first they started out as a street gang however they later became an outlaw motorcycle club. The head hunters now have chapters throughout the North Island. The head hunters also run a successful boxing gym called "The Fight Club". In 2014 Connor Morris a head hunter member lost his life in a street brawl when his opponent struck him with a machete.

5. Highway 61 MC

The Highway 61 Motorcycle club was formed in the late 1960s. THe highway 61 have chapters spread through out the North Island and and also have a chapter in Christchurch which is in the South Island of New Zealand. The highway 61 Motorcycle club even have a chapter in Brisbane Australia. In the late 1990s members of the highway 61 Motorcycle club were convicted of killing a member of the New Zealand Nomads gang.

6. The Hells Angels

The hells angels first came to New Zealand in 1961 and started a chapter in Auckland. This was the very first chapter that the Hell's Angels started outside of the United States. The Hells Angels now have chapters in Auckland, Wanganui and Nelson. In 2015 The Hells Angels shut down a local Nelson outlaw Motorcycle club The Lost Breed and formed a chapter of their own.