Saturday, September 12, 2015

Inside the Angels: The man who broke the East End biker gang

Former police agent Micheal Plante met with Vancouver Sun crime reporter Kim Bolan in late 2012 to tell his incredible story of infiltrating the East End chapter of the Hells Angels and helping police put 12 men behind bars. He did not disclose his new name or residence.

Ronaldo (Ronnie) Lising and Francisco (Chico) Pires
Unemployed, Plante reads about Hells Angels Ronaldo (Ronnie) Lising and Francisco (Chico) Pires getting convicted for selling cocaine at the Marble Arch — the first-ever convictions of full-patch members of the gang in B.C.

Micheal Plante visits Burnaby's Hi-Way Choppers, owned by East End president John Bryce, to buy shirts showing support for the Hells Angels.

John Bryce
Plante works out at Fitness Quest gym and meets people in the Hells Angels program such as John Punko, Ronaldo (Ronnie) Lising and Juel Stanton.

While working as a doorman at the Marble Arch hotel, Plante meets Randy Potts, as well as senior East End member Louie Robinson
Plante assists in transporting methamphetamine being produced by HA prospect Randy Potts, full-patch Ronnie Lising and associate Wissam (Sam) Ayach.

David (Gyrator) Giles calls Plante into the boardroom at the East End clubhouse to make his speech about wanting to be a Hells Angel and Plante earns "official friend" status.

The door of Randy Potts's wife's house is kicked in by police searching for pre-cursor chemicals used to make methamphetamine.

Plante gets a hockey bag, then goes to Potts's mom and step-dad's house to pick up East End arsenal of guns and explosives.

Plante is injured at Brandi's nightclub when a UN gang member, accompanied by leader Clay Roueche, jumps him. HA member Ronaldo (Ronnie) Lising is in the club, but doesn't help Plante.

Jonathan Bryce Jr., a hangaround and son of East End president John Bryce, does cocaine deals with Plante, including in the clubhouse.

Full-patch Damiano Dipopolo holds a party at the Drake and Plante works at it.

Jean Violette tells Plante to go with Bryce Jr. to beat up Glen Louie, a North Vancouver man.

East End clubhouse raided by police July 15, 2005, 18 people charged.

Plante gives testimony in the trial of four full-patch Angels — Randy Potts, Ronnie Lising, John Punko and Jean Violette. They face a range of charges, from extortion, assault to firearms and explosives possession to working for a criminal organization.

Former East End member and Kelowna vice-president David Giles charged in cocaine conspiracy case along with full-patch Bryan Oldham and five associates.

Federal Crown prosecutor stays the final charges in E-Pandora, freeing Plante from further obligations and allowing him to collect the rest of his $1-million payout for his work on the case.

The East End Hells Angels pictured in an undated photo police seized during the raid in July 2005.