Three men who broke out of the Orsainville Detention Center in suburban Quebec City June 7 were rearrested yesterday morning in Montreal.
Serge Pomerleau, Denis Lefebvre and Yves Denis were arraigned today in Quebec City on charges of escaping from a provincial detention centre and escaping lawful custody. Reportedly, Pomerleau laughed when prosecutors asked the judge to deny bail. Police and Candian news outlets have linked the three men to the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club.
Police have treated the men as if they were a public threat. They were transported to court in three separate motorcades and no one was admitted to the courtroom without being searched.
Before their apprehension the three men were last seen flying in the general direction of the Atlantic Ocean in a green helicopter that had landed in the detention center yard.
The men were apprehended in a Montreal condominium that police say had been rented by a man named Simon Bédard. Bédard rented the condo from a corporation called Gestions Pierre Loiselle Inc. Police have declined to say how they found the fugitives.
Bédard has been reported to be a longtime member of the Mercenaries Motorcycle Club which has maintained friendly relations with the Hells Angels over the last two decades. Bédard lost a leg when a bomb exploded under his automobile in 1995. Police blamed the bombing on a fraternal organization called the Rock Machine and claimed the incident was connected to a “war” over control of the sale of illicit drugs in Quebec Province.
Police have announced they would like to interrogate Bédard but do not know where he is.
Denis, Lefebvre and Pomerleau were arrested at the conclusion of a police investigation called Operation Crawfish. Police claimed to have confiscated “several kilos” of cocaine, about $1 million in cash and numerous personal possessions including Pomerleau’s airplane and helicopter. Two Canadian judges were among 51 people arrested in connection to the case.
Police also allege the three men were “key players” in an extensive drug-trafficking ring in the Abitibi region of Quebec. Police accused the men of being “tied” to the Hells Angels in Canada. The exact nature of those ties has never been made public. Police say the men killed three “rival” drug dealers. They are scheduled for trial on those charges next January.