International Hells Angels Bust

April 15, 2009

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Yves Lavigne’s career has been saved. Many, many members of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club were arrested in at least three countries this morning, so you are probably going to see Monsieur Lavigne on the news tonight.

Lavigne knows everything about the Hells Angels. He may know everything about motorcycle clubs. Well, he may not exactly know what a petcock is and how you turn one on and off but he probably knows everything else.

“Biker expert” Lavigne, according to his American publisher, is the author of “the national bestsellers Hells Angels, Into the Abyss, and Hells Angels at War.” A few years ago called them “atrociously written informant-based reports.”

But Lavigne is, by consensus, an “authority,” he has really competent representation and he seems to own a great collection of biker clichés written down on index cards. So there is a good chance you are going to see him tonight, probably about 40 seconds after Charlie Gibson or Katie Couric intros a piece about “major arrests in an international drug syndicate.”

Mounties Get Their Men

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and local police arrested and detained 156 people in Quebec, New Brunswick, the Dominican Republic and France. One hundred-eleven patched Angels, which is virtually every Angel in Quebec, has been rounded up. The Toronto Globe and Mail is reporting that arrests have also been made in the United States and Mexico.

Five Hells Angels clubhouses in Quebec have been “seized.” The clubhouses belong to the charters in Longueuil, Sherbrooke, Quebec City, Trois Rivières and Sorel.

A Canadian police spokesman has announced that the detainees will be charged with crimes including 22 murders, conspiracy to commit murder, drug trafficking and something called “gangsterism.” Perhaps in France, the Angels will be accused of drinking California wine. In Dominica, they are accused of associating with members of a local club called the Barracos in the towns of Puerto Plata, Sosua and Cabarete.

Operation SharQC

The arrests are the culmination of a three-year-long investigation by 200 Canadian cops. And, of course, the investigation had a cute, television friendly code name: “Operation SharQC.”

Besides murdering people, perhaps as long as 20 years ago, the suspects are accused of being part of a conspiracy to illegally smuggle cigarettes into Canada. RCMP spokesman Luc Bessette stood in front of a table heaped with cartons of cigarettes this morning and told a rapt audience of reporters “It is not trivial to buy illegal cigarettes. Your money goes directly into the pockets of criminals.”

Renowned “biker expert” Julian Sher, whose name is on the cover of the books Angels of Death and The Road To Hell has already described the arrests as a “huge, huge blow” to the Hells Angels that will have a “devastating impact” on their image. So, that probably means Lavigne will be the next expert to speak. Maybe he will even be able to get another book out of this,

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4 Responses to “International Hells Angels Bust”

  1. Josh mcDevill Says:

    Yves levigne is a wanna be who never made it in tha 81 & continues to slander tha club on heresay,read his trash if ya want,The Hells Angels are like any group theres good& bad when they do good Know 1 cares when they do wrong EVERYONE LISTENS-SCREW LAVIGNE!

  2. Dr. Sardonicus Says:

    There’s word Maurice “Mom” Boucher is no longer part of the Hells Angels.

    According to Friday’s Journal de Montreal, the 60-year old biker gang boss has been expelled and was told at the Ste-Anne-des-Plaines penitentiary, where he’s doing time for the murder of two prison guards..

    The decision to kick him out was supposedly taken during a so-called “East Coast Meeting”.

    It means another authority figure can now resolve conflicts between different factions of the group.

    Higher-ups in the organization figured that since Boucher won’t have a chance at parole before 2022, he’s really of no use to them.

    Boucher was at one time the most notorious and feared 1%er in all of Canada. But not anymore.

    So much for loyalty.

  3. rollinnorth Says:

    The Toronto Sun floated that “news” back in April.

    To me, it’s club business, not my business.


  4. Dr. Sardonicus Says:

    I got it part and parcel from the Montreal wires a month after the fact- the date almost seems obsolete. It didn’t even merit an honorable mention on the Rebel. How times have changed.

    Rollin north I can only respect your statement that it is club business.
    I disagree because it’s out there for the world to see – but I can only respect where you’re coming from.

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