Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Hells Angels coming back to Thunder Bay

The Hells Angels Ontario logo appeared at a building on Simpson Street in Thunder Bay in JanuaryThunder Bay police say despite a raid about 10 years ago that shut down the local chapter, the Hells Angels continue to have a presence in the city. They say there are still members of the organization in town, but they're connected with the Hamilton chapter.

The Thunder Bay chapter was effectively shut down in 2006 after a large-scale investigation led to multiple arrests and the seizure of the club house on Heron Street.

Simpson Street building, Thunder Bay
Thunder Bay police also raided a Simpson Street building in 2014 they claimed was a club house for the group. Police say the area is a lucrative market for the drug trade and this makes it attractive. Police said it's significant that the logo currently visible on Simpson Street says 'Hells Angels Ontario' instead of 'Hells Angels Thunder Bay.'

The main difference is the local clubhouse is part of the Ontario chapter, meaning there are not enough members (6 required) to create a full-fledged Thunder Bay chapter.

Former Hells Angels clubhouse, at the corner of McKenzie and Heron Streets