Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Ontario HA keep riding in Quebec, say police

March 5, 2015. If you’re driving through Quebec and you see a Hells Angels biker, there’s a strong chance he’s really from Ontario. That’s because Ontario members of the outlaw biker gang have held down the fort in Quebec after massive police crackdowns have sent almost all of the club’s francophone members to jail or prison, police say.

The transplanted Ontario members belong to the Nomads chapter of the Hells Angels, based in Carlsbad Springs, outside Ottawa. Ottawa Nomads like Martin Bernatchez and Carlos Fernandes maintain Quebec residences, police say.
Since 2009, massive police crackdowns in Quebec put more than 100 Quebec member behind bars on charges of crimes like murder, murder conspiracy, gangsterism and drug trafficking.
At one point, all of the Angels’ clubhouses in Quebec were shut down, although the Montreal clubhouse was reopened last year.

Walter Stadnick of Hamilton, the club’s former national president, was freed on parole in December. He was convicted in 2004. “Over the next year you’ll see all kinds of them getting out,” Isnor said.

Stadnick was sentenced to 14 years, seven months for a variety of convictions including conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to traffic drugs and involvement in gang activities.

Police keep an eye on a Hells Angels party in the 7800 block of Howard Avenue in Amherstburg, Ont.July 16, 2011

Hells Angels clubhouse in Hamilton