Gangs Squad Commander Detective Superintendent Mal Lanyon said it was the first time . . . that such a judgment had been obtained for an outlaw motorcycle gang clubhouse. "To put the impact of this declaration at its most basic level, it allows police to enter the clubhouse 24/7 without a warrant to ensure compliance with the Restricted Premises Act," he said in a statement issued after the court ruling. An address can be declared to be restricted premises on various grounds, including if drunken, disorderly or indecent conduct is occurring, or if drugs or liquor has been unlawfully sold or supplied. It can also be classified as restricted if criminals and/or their associates attend the address.
The principal witness in the case, Stephane "Godasse" Gagne, was also involved in the crime, making it a difficult deliberation for the jury. Gagne pleaded guilty to charge of murder related to the death of Diane Lavigne, a prison security guard who was killed a few weeks earlier than Rondeau. He was able to plea bargin out of the charges for the murder of Rondeau. Initially it was believed the killing of the guards was intended to destabilize the justice system. However, it was revealed in court that the killings were also ordered to test the loyalty of Fontaine, Gagne and others.
He was given five years for trafficking four kilos of cocaine and 3.5 years for doing so for the benefit of a criminal organization -- the bike gang. The conviction for criminal organization means Jeffrey will likely spend 5.5 years before being eligible for parole, Crown attorney Tom Andreopoulos said.
Jeffrey was one of the last men tried pursuant to the 2006 Project Tandem investigation which targeted Hells Angels chapters in Oshawa, Windsor and Niagara which resulted in 24 arrests and the seizure of drugs worth about $3 million "including two kilos of pure crystal meth, 10 kilos of cocaine, 50,000 Ecstasy pills, eight kilos of marijuana and one kilo of hashish."
Justice Gail Dobney of the Ontario Court of Justice upheld charges that were laid 21 months ago, at the end of a massive police project against the outlaw biker club. Among those ordered to stand trial is Robert Donald (Donny) Petersen, Ontario spokesperson for the Hells Angels. * * * Six of the bikers remain in custody, pending bail hearings. * * * Others ordered to stand trial are Larry Pooler, Lorne Campbell, Douglas Myles, John Neal, Ian Watson, Sean Dwyer, Mehrad Bahman, Omid Bayani, Mark Bodenstein and Vincenzo Sansalone.
*** In December 2001 the police busted up the Halifax chapter of the Hells Angels but the motorcycle club continues to "definitely have an influence and an impact on criminal activity in Nova Scotia."