Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Former Hells Angels clubhouse in Toronto demolished

The yellowed two-story cinderblock house once stood in Leslieville. With steel doors, windows strung with wire, security cameras and concrete barriers, it was often referred to as a bunker.

The building went downhill when ownership abruptly changed hands in the early hours of April 4, 2007, when heavily-armed police stormed it as part of a massive crackdown on the bikers.
The building remained abandoned since 2007. The Crown took ownership of the property following the police raid and, following a court dispute, put it on the market in November 2015. It was sold to an unknown buyer for $885,000 — $235,000 over the asking price — in early 2016.
After a six-month trial, a jury acquitted five men of belonging to a criminal organization: John Neal, president; vice presidents Douglas Myles and Larry Pooler and full-patch members Mehrdad Bahman, and Lorne Campbell. Neal, Myles and Bahman were found guilty of drug charges relating to trafficking GHB; Campbell was found guilty of trafficking cocaine, and Pooler was found guilty of trafficking oxycodone and possessing a restricted weapon.