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Hakan Ayik - one of Australia's most wanted men - has been granted bail by a Turkish Cyprus court despite fleeing capture there before.

ALLEGED drug lord



Ayik is alleged to be the co-ordinator of a drugs syndicate stretching across several countries and involving the Comanchero bikie gang, corrupt port officials and Chinese Triads.

After leaving Australia earlier this year, Ayik, a dual Turkish and Australian citizen, learnt he was at risk of arrest if he returned, so settled on the Turkish side of Cyprus. That sparked a five-month game of cat-and-mouse, until his capture last week.DISCLAIMER:Text may be subject to copyright.This blog does not claim copyright to any such text. Copyright remains with the original copyright holder.

Showgirls Bar 20 in King Street Strip club assault charge

Strip club assault charge: "Christopher Brian Neilson, 28, has been charged with assaulting Maxwell Chapman about 6am on Tuesday.

CCTV footage showed Mr Chapman being knocked unconscious with an elbow strike to the head before his attacker walked away. He has regained consciousness but remained in intensive care yesterday.

Neilson appeared in Melbourne Magistrates Court on Thursday.


Charged with intentionally and recklessly causing serious injury over the incident outside Showgirls Bar 20 in King Street, in the city, he did not apply for bail.

An out-of-sessions hearing was told he was on bail from Queensland on firearms charges following a raid on December 2 that allegedly netted a pistol, shotgun and ballistic vest.

Neilson said he and his partner were in Melbourne for ''a fresh start''. ''I realise I'm a bit of a monster at the moment …'' he told the bail justice.

He was remanded to reappear in March."

Man may have been injured in shooting of Gold Coast stripper | News.com.au

Man may have been injured in shooting of Gold Coast stripper | News.com.au: "POLICE divers were this afternoon combing a Gold Coast canal for the gun used to shoot a stripper.

Five divers, some with underwater metal detectors, scoured the canal behind the luxury Broadbeach Waters house where the 26-year-old woman was shot in the thigh yesterday morning after an apparent all-night party with other exotic dancers and men believed to include bikie gang associates.

The search came after police revealed a man may also have been injured during the shooting, but fled the scene before before officers arrived.

'We do have information that, potentially, a male person at the house may have also been injured and may have left before the police arrived,'' regional crime co-ordinator Superintendent Dave Hutchinson said."

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Outlaw bikers convicted in RICO case - National public safety | Examiner.com

Outlaw bikers convicted in RICO case - National public safety | Examiner.com: "The national president and three members of the American Outlaw Association (Outlaws) motorcycle gang were found guilty of participating in a violent criminal organization by a federal jury in the Eastern District of Virginia on Tuesday.


“[Tuesday's] conviction of the Outlaw’s national president strikes a crippling blow to his violent motorcycle gang,” said U.S. Attorney Neil MacBride. “Riding a Harley doesn’t make you a criminal -- but you cross the line when your motorcycle gang engages in violent criminal activity as a way of doing business. Virginia is a safe place today because ATF agents put their lives on the line to bring this case. Thanks to their sacrifice, the leadership of this gang has been brought to justice, along with the enforcers who carried out his orders.”"

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Coast sniper 'shot at strip club' | Courier Mail

Coast sniper 'shot at strip club' | Courier Mail: "MAN arrested over a Surfers Paradise high-rise sniper attack had been shooting at a strip club where he used to work as a bouncer , a court has been told.

But the accused has blamed an alleged gun-toting associate who was being heavied by bikies for the shooting.
Car dealer Rick Elmasri, 34, faced Southport Magistrates Court today charged over the shooting of businessman Hylton Miller as he walked through Surfers Paradise with his family on December 4.
Mr Miller, 42, was shot in the chest and is still clinging to life in Gold Coast Hospital.
Police allege Mr Elmasri was firing at his former workplace, strip club Hollywood Showgirls,when a bullet hit Mr Miller.
Mr Elmasri had allegedly been drinking all afternoon at a Gold Coast tavern and went into Surfers Paradise about 7.30pm with his girlfriend for dinner with friends.


On the balcony of a unit in the Circle on Cavill high-rise, Mr Elmasri allegedly discussed his former job at the strip club with his friend He allegedly patted the back of his pants, made a gun sign with his hand and pointed it in the direction of Hollywood Showgirls."

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Former Hells Angel joins Ducharme brothers in jail

Former Hells Angel joins brother in jail - Winnipeg Free Press: "high-ranking former Hells Angels associate who got family members involved in his criminal ways will be joining his brother behind bars just in time for Christmas.
Joseph Ducharme pleaded guilty on Tuesday to trafficking cocaine and participating in a criminal organization. He was sentenced to four years and nine months to be served at Stony Mountain penitentiary.
His younger sibling, George, is already in prison after pleading guilty to his role in the drug-dealing network earlier this year and receiving a three-year sentence.
The Ducharme brothers were among the targets of 'Project Divide', which saw 35 gang members and associates brought down by a year-long undercover police investigation. Officers used the services of a gang member turned informant to secretly capture various drug and weapons deals on audio and video surveillance."

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Outlaws biker chief, 3 others convicted in Va. - BostonHerald.com

Outlaws biker chief, 3 others convicted in Va. - BostonHerald.com: "federal jury on Tuesday convicted four current or former members of the Outlaws motorcycle gang, including its national president, of racketeering and other charges.

Biker Gangs and Organized CrimeA member of another biker gang not affiliated with the Outlaws was acquitted of a single count.

Outlaws president Jack Rosga of Milwaukee showed no reaction as the jury’s verdict was read. Along with the racketeering count, Rosga was convicted of conspiracy to commit violence in aid of racketeering."

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Sentencing postponed for bikie's partner

Sentencing postponed for bikie's partner: "partner of a notorious Perth bikie will spend Christmas with her children after her sentencing for stealing trust funds from the daughters of two dead bikies was postponed because her lawyer fell off his bicycle.

Tammy Cherie Kingdon, partner of Finks member Troy Mercanti, was due to be sentenced in the Perth District Court on Tuesday after she was found guilty on four counts of stealing and one count of property laundering. But the sentencing was postponed because the sheriff had been in a bicycle accident.

Kingdon stole more than $53,500 from four Commonwealth Bank trust accounts set up after Coffin Cheater gang members Marc Chabriere was gunned down in 1998 and Richard Vickers was killed in 2000.

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At the time Mercanti was a member of the Coffin Cheaters and Kingdon became the trustee of the account.

Mercanti later fell out with the members of the Coffin Cheaters and left the gang.

He became a nominee of the rival Finks gang in 2008."

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Second victim in dancer shooting Crime and Court News | goldcoast.com.au | Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

Second victim in dancer shooting Crime and Court News | goldcoast.com.au | Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia: "MAN may also have been wounded at a party where young Gold Coast woman was shot through the leg.

Bikies and strippers were believed to be socialising at the luxury Broadbeach Waters house, when a 26-year-old woman was shot through the upper thigh about 8am on Monday.

Police were yesterday attempting to interview the woman, who remained in intensive care after undergoing surgery."

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Bikies fight for lucrative drug trade

Hell's Angels: Three Can Keep a Secret If Two Are Dead'Bikies fight for lucrative drug trade: "the Comanchero, Hells Angels and Notorious (the new boys on the block) it has been ''game on'', with no let-up in the violent struggle for supremacy, despite intense police scrutiny and legislative attempts to stop them associating.


Kings Cross police received information in January last year that the Comanchero were trying to usurp the moves to ban bikies from clubs by attempting to covertly purchase the Lincoln nightclub right in middle of rival Notorious and Hells Angels turf, a bid that was unsuccessful. The next month, a riot squad was sent to the area of the Cross known as ''the strip'' to boost the number of officers on the street.

In early October this year Gang Squad police were bracing for a flare-up in bikie violence after receiving fresh information of a recruitment drive. At that time, 30 Comanchero and Notorious members clashed in the Cross, an incident that went unreported.Later that month, just kilometres from the Cross, the gangs clashed again outside a Bondi tattoo parlour."

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POLICE divers were this afternoon combing a Gold Coast canal for the gun used to shoot a stripper.

POLICE divers were this afternoon combing a Gold Coast canal for the gun used to shoot a stripper.

Five divers, some with underwater metal detectors, scoured the canal behind the luxury Broadbeach Waters house where the 26-year-old woman was shot in the thigh yesterday morning after an apparent all-night party with other exotic dancers and men believed to include bikie gang associates.

The search came after police revealed a man may also have been injured during the shooting, but fled the scene before before officers arrived.

"We do have information that, potentially, a male person at the house may have also been injured and may have left before the police arrived,'' regional crime co-ordinator Superintendent Dave Hutchinson said.

Supt Hutchinson said police were keen to talk to the man or anyone with information as to his whereabouts.

He confirmed that officers from police anti-bikie squad Taskforce Hydra had been called in to the investigation but said there was nothing to suggest a bikie link 'at this time'.

"The police are obviously concerned with any incident involving a firearm and we're treating this seriously and putting as many resources into it as we can,'' he said.

The female victim remained under intensive care in the Gold Coast Hospital and had not yet been interviewed, Supt Hutchinson said.

The Namatjira Court house where the shooting took place remained a major crime scene today.

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Edmonton's latest homicide victim was a 31-year-old musician and father of two.

Edmonton's latest homicide victim was a 31-year-old musician and father of two.

Andrew Block was found Tuesday with a fatal gunshot wound. He was in the driver's seat of a black pickup found in the Inglewood neighbourhood. The truck had smashed windows and a damaged tire.

Murray Turnbull, a friend of Block's since they both attended elementary school in Spruce Grove, said Block was trying to distance himself from bad elements in his life.

"He had already separated himself from that lifestyle and was really looking forward to a career in music," Turnbull said. "I truly believe he wanted to get out, but it's tough when it's all you know."

Block, who lived in the Edmonton area, had a young son and daughter, Turnbull said. He performed hip-hop music under the name Blaklistid. He developed a strong interest in music a year ago to honour a close friend who died.

"Andy wanted to excel in music," Turnbull said. "He wanted to entertain people and he had a natural ability for it. At the flick of a switch, he could make everyone in a room smile, make everyone laugh."

On Thursday, after his name had been released by police, Block's Facebook page quickly filled with mournful comments.

"You will be sadly missed and I hope you're in a better place now," wrote one friend.

So far, there have been no arrests in the case. Police spokesman Dean Parthenis said officers from the gang unit has been consulted in the case, but are not actively investigating.

Block was found in his truck, which was parked behind a duplex at the corner of 127th Street and 116th Avenue. The residents of that duplex said they did not recognize the vehicle.

In 2001, Block was convicted of manslaughter after an accidental shooting at a house party. While fooling around with a gun, a shot went off, went through a door and hit a man sleeping on the other side. Block received a three-year sentence.

Block is the 25th homicide victim of the year in Edmonton.



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Bikie Mercanti sentenced to 12 months jail

Bikie Mercanti sentenced to 12 months jail Prominent Perth bikie Troy Mercanti has been sentenced to 12 months' jail for refusing to answer questions from the Australian Crime Commission (ACC).

Already in jail for assault, the 43-year-old will still be due for release in April with the new sentence backdated.
The Mammoth Book of BikersMercanti, a former member of the Coffin Cheaters bikie gang, became a nominee for the rival Finks gang in 2008.
In the Perth District Court on Tuesday, Mercanti faced 10 charges of refusing to answer questions from the ACC, during an investigation into unexplained wealth in the Mercanti family in October 2009.
He earlier pleaded guilty to all 10 charges.
During sentencing submissions, Mercanti's lawyer Laurie Levy asked the judge to consider a concurrent jail term but prosecutor Anthony Eyers argued that would not serve as a deterrent for others.
The judge commented that the maximum penalty for the crime was five years imprisonment but no punishment handed down in the past had been more than 12 months.
He said that while Mercanti had a "significant record" he was hopeful that maturity would "kick in" once Mercanti was released from prison and he would stop breaking the law.
Mercanti chuckled at the remark and looked over at his partner Tammy Cherie Kingdon sitting in court.
Kingdon earlier on Tuesday was due to be sentenced for stealing about $53,500 from four Commonwealth Bank trust accounts set up for the children of two former bikie friends who were killed.
In August 2008, Kingdon put the money into an account in her name, using it to buy a property in Balga, which became the Finks clubhouse.
But her sentencing was postponed because her lawyer had fallen off his bike and could not attend court.
Her bail was extended to January 27, 2011, because she is the sole carer of her children she has with Mercanti while he is in prison.
Mercanti is already serving a two-year-and-four-months term, handed down in late 2008, for assault causing grievous bodily harm.
His parole application on the assault sentence was rejected in April 2010.
Tuesday's sentencing has been backdated to April 2010, which means Mercanti will be released from prison in April 2011.
When Mercanti is released, he will be on a two-year good behaviour bond of $4000.

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Rock Machine and the Mongols. Doc assured us the Mongols didn't sell drugs

Honor Few, Fear None: The Life and Times of a MongolRock Machine and the Mongols. Doc assured us the Mongols didn't sell drugs. Yet he and several others were caught with drugs and weapons. The weapons don't concern me but the drugs do.

On the Rock Machine's web site they deny they sell drugs. Yet that was what the Quebec biker war was all about. There appears to be numerous drug convictions involving the Rock Machine and that does concern me. I'm actually quite surprised to hear of the Rock Machine's presence in Edmonton.

The Rock Machine was very big in Quebec for many years. They stood against the Big Red Machine's tax and survived. Not only did they refuse to pay the Hells Angels tax, they waged war with them. I do not support the argument that it is better to eliminate the smaller groups and let the Hells Angels control everything because they are less violent than the smaller groups. That fallacy is false.

The Rock Machine's web site claims they just had a non confidence vote in their national president and removed him in bad standing. That tells me two things. One, that the leadership of the organization is unstable but two, it does appear to be more democratically run than the Hells Angels which would never allow that kind of grass roots activism.

I am curious to know why they had a non confidence vote in their national president. Was it because he wanted to sell drugs or was it because he wanted to cave in and become affiliated with the Hells Angels like some Bandido chapters have done. After all, some claim that's what the Bandido massacre was all about. Trying to give up the cause of Sparta and merge with the Fat Ass Machine.

I'm told that Bilbo Baggins has joined the Rock Machine and that they are starting up in Winnipeg. No one likes to see a gang war but believe you me, competition in the market is a good thing. Just ask the crack addicts in Prince George who are being tortured by Hells Angels puppet clubs. Surely what goes around comes around.DISCLAIMER:Text may be subject to copyright.This blog does not claim copyright to any such text. Copyright remains with the original copyright holder.

innish police have issued an official warning about the movement of the Hell's Angels and Banditos motorcycle gangs into Estonia.

Finnish police have issued an official warning about the movement of the Hell's Angels and Banditos motorcycle gangs into Estonia.

"Our info shows that such a migration from Finland to Estonia has been going on," Finnish criminal investigator Tapio Kalliokoski told ETV.

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Seven men with ties to the Hells Angels motorcycle gang pled not guilty Monday morning

Hell's Angels Motorcycle Gang Members Preparing to Ride to Bakersfield Collections Photographic Poster Print by Bill Ray, 12x16Seven men with ties to the Hells Angels motorcycle gang pled not guilty Monday morning in Yavapai County Superior Court to charges in connection with the shooting between Hells Angels and Vagos motorcycle gangs in an unincorporated area northwest of Chino Valley on Aug. 21.

The Yavapai County Grand Jury returned a true bill of indictment on Dec. 1 against John Anthony Bernard, Kiley Steven Hill, Kevin Eugene Christensen, Larry Dean Scott Jr., Michael Trevor Koepke, Robert Edward Kittredge and Bruce Andrew Schweigert Sr.
Kiger set the next hearing in the case for Jan. 31.
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Hells Angels and Bandidos motorcycle gangs, which they believe to have criminal leanings, are expanding to Estonia

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Estonia Finnish police have warned their Estonian colleagues that the Hells Angels and Bandidos motorcycle gangs, which they believe to have criminal leanings, are expanding to
Estonia.
"Our info shows that such a migration from Finland to Estonia has been going on," Finnish criminal investigator Tapio Kalliokoski told ETV. The officer alleged that 60 to 70 percent of Finland's large-scale drug crimes have been related to biker gangs.
Lenno Reimand, the Criminal Police Department's information bureau chief in Estonia, said that the experience of other countries shows that the biker gangs have close ties to criminal activities.
Estonian bikers association president Aare Kõuts said the claims are no more than media sensationalism and stereotyping. "I don't think there is any point to deepening these stereotypes," said Kõuts.
In the 1990s, two of the world's most infamous biker groups began expanding to Finland from Denmark and Sweden. The trend correlated with a string of bloody gang-related conflicts that sometimes ended in bar fights, other times worse.
"When those gangs came to Finland in the beginning of the 1990s, a territorial war began with roots in Denmark, where there was talk of a large Nordic gang war. People were shot and killed in Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland," said Finnish journalist Jarkko Sipilä. Since that wave of violence, things have calmed down.
Estonia currently has two biker clubs that associate themselves with the gangs. In September, the police searched the headquarters of the Mercenaries motorcycle club, suspecting its leader of drug crimes.

sedative Oklahoma used to execute a death row inmate that is commonly used to euthanize animals could become more popular

 sedative Oklahoma used to execute a death row inmate that is commonly used to euthanize animals could become more popular because of a nationwide shortage of a key ingredient in several states' lethal injection formulas, death penalty experts say.
John David Duty is believed to be the first person in the United States whose execution included the use of pentobarbital. The 58-year-old was pronounced dead at 6:18 p.m. Thursday at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary.
Oklahoma and several other states traditionally have used the barbiturate sodium thiopental to put an inmate to sleep, followed by two other drugs — pancuronium bromide, which paralyzes muscles, and potassium chloride, which stops the heart.
But Hospira Inc. — the only U.S. manufacturer of sodium thiopental — said Thursday new batches of the drug could be available ``in the first quarter'' of next year. They blamed the shortage on problems with its raw-material providers.
``It's a little uncertain if sodium thiopental will be available, so the states will be looking at what's happening in Oklahoma,'' said Richard Dieter, executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center. ``If it works reasonably well, other states might go that way.''
Oklahoma prisons spokesman Jerry Massie said after the execution that there did not appear to be any problems with the new drug.
Strapped to a gurney and wearing an eye patch over his right eye, the heavyset Duty apologized to his victim's family.
``I hope one day you'll be able to forgive me, not for my sake, but for your own,'' Duty said. ``Thank you, Lord Jesus. I'm ready to go home.''
The lethal drugs began to flow at 6:12 p.m., and Duty's breathing became laboured one minute later. At 6:15 p.m., he appeared to stop breathing and the colour began to drain from his face.
Duty and two other death-row inmates had challenged the state's decision to use pentobarbital, arguing it could be inhumane because a person could be paralyzed but still aware when a painful third drug is administered to stop the heart. On Tuesday, a federal appeals court upheld a ruling against the other two inmates. Duty did not take part in the appeal.
Executions have been delayed in California, Arkansas, Tennessee and Maryland as a result of protocol changes, including the use of new drugs, Dieter said. In Ohio and Washington, laws were passed to allow for the use of sodium thiopental specifically, he said.
But Oklahoma's law calls for the use of a fast-acting barbiturate to be administered first, which gave the state the flexibility to use pentobarbital, Massie said.
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Ten years after Charles Maddison disappeared, RCMP have charged a man with his murder.

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Ten years after Charles Maddison disappeared, RCMP have charged a man with his murder.

Michael John Lawrence, 36, faces a count of first-degree murder in the death of Maddison, RCMP announced Friday afternoon.

Lawrence, who is a federal inmate at Springhill Institution, was arrested Tuesday at the prison, the police release states.

They have also charged Leslie Douglas Greenwood, 41 and Curtis Blair Lynds, 34, with being accessories after the fact in the killing.

Maddison was last seen on the morning of Sept. 8, 2000. The 55-year-old Portapique, Colchester County, resident left his home driving his 1989 blue Dodge Dakota truck to attend medical appointments in Halifax. Maddison never made it to those appointments.

His truck was found on Sept. 10, 2000, abandoned in a clearing near Rhines Road in East Hants. It had been burned.

“Mr. Maddison was an innocent victim. He was not involved in any criminal activity and tragically became the target of a senseless crime. We hope this arrest will bring some closure to his family,” RCMP spokeswoman Sgt. Brigdit Leger said in a news release.

Lawrence is also charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of Nancy Christensen and her husband Kirk Mersereau. Mersereau and  Christensen were shot execution-style in their home in Centre Burlington, Hants County. A neighbour discovered their bodies on Sept. 10, 2000.
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In their book The Road to Hell: How the Biker Gangs are Conquering Canada, journalists William Marsden and Julian Sher wrote that Kirk Mersereau had issued a $50,000 contract on the heads of those he held responsible for the murder of his brother Randy.
Randy Mersereau, a founding member of the Halifax chapter of the Hells Angels, left the gang in the 1990s and set up his own drug network. In the book, it’s suggested that he hooked up with a rival biker gang, the Bandidos, and it was rumoured that he had put a contract out on David (Wolf) Carroll and Maurice (Mom) Boucher of the Hells Angels’ elite Nomads branch and Halifax Hells Angel Michael McCrea.

Steven "Gorilla" Mondevergine faces attempted murder charges in Philadelphia for shooting the former Pagan's Motorcycle Club president back in 2008.

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 former leader of a notorious biker gang appeared in court this morning in Gloucester County.

Outlaw 1%er Biker Belt Buckle BlackSteven "Gorilla" Mondevergine faces attempted murder charges in Philadelphia for shooting the former Pagan's Motorcycle Club president back in 2008.
Mondevergine reportedly shot his rival, Timothy "Casual" Flood, in the knee and stabbing him in the back on January 30, 2008, in Northeast Philadelphia because he wanted his job as president of the club back.
Investigators found Mondevergine this week hiding in his mother's house in New Jersey.
In court, Mondevergine said he would not fight extradition back to Philly. He is expected back in the city in about 10 days.
Mondevergine is a former Philadelphia police officer who was fired in 1982, after three years on the job, for allegedly accepting bribes to protect an illegal gambling operation. He adamantly denied the charges, which were later dropped

Lynds shot Mersereau five times - CBC - Local - News - Truro Daily News

Lynds shot Mersereau five times - CBC - Local - News - Truro Daily News: "Hells Angel Jeffrey Lynds of North River shot fellow outlaw biker Randy Mersereau at point-blank range with a revolver in the basement of 74 Peppard Dr., Onslow Mountain, according to a CBC News report.
Halifax CBC reporter Phonse Jessome reported on Thursday that Lynds provided a statement to police following his arrest in Truro last spring, admitting his involvement in Mersereau's death.
Mersereau disappeared in the fall of 1999, shortly after a bombing at a used car dealership in Bible Hill in an initial attempt on his life.
This past October, the RCMP spent eight days searching the basement and a nearby pond at the Onslow residence before moving their investigation to a wooded area off Hiram Lynds Road in North River, where Merserau's skeletal remains were found.
'Hells Angel Jeff Lynds told them that in October 1999 he killed Randy Mersereau in the basement and a friend buried the gun outside,' Jessome reported."

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More charges laid in decade old homicides

CBC News - Nova Scotia - More charges laid in decade old homicides: "Police have laid three first-degree murder charges against a Windsor, N.S., man in a series of RCMP cold cases.
Michael Lawrence, 36, is charged with first degree murder in the deaths of Charlie Maddison, Kirk Mersereau and Mersereau's wife Nancy Christensen.
Charlie Maddison, 55, disappeared while driving from his home in Portapique, N.S., to a medical appointment in Halifax.
Maddison's body has never been found.
Police believe he gave a ride to the man who murdered him, who then took his truck and drove it to a home in Centre Burlington where he murdered two other people"

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Outlaws motorcycle club,Jury in biker trial goes home | Richmond Times-Dispatch

Jury in biker trial goes home Richmond Times-Dispatch: "jury deliberating in the trial of five motorcycle gang members on federal racketeering and other charges was allowed to go home at noon Thursday because of the snow.
The five-man, seven-woman jury was given the case by U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson on Wednesday afternoon. They are set to return and resume deliberations Monday morning.
The Brotherhoods: Inside the Outlaw Motorcycle ClubsMore than two dozen people, primarily members of theOutlaws motorcycle club, were indicted this year on charges that they were trying to expand the gang into Virginia — a state said to be under the control of their bitter rivals, the Hells Angels.
Seventeen defendants have pleaded guilty. In a trial last month, a jury convicted one gang member, acquitted two and could not reach a verdict on Jack Rosga, 53, of Milwaukee, the Outlaws' national president.
The current trial began Dec. 1, and Rosga is being retried on charges of conspiracy to violate racketeering law and conspiracy to commit violence in the aid of racketeering."

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Daniel Leclerc, a member of the Hells Angels Nomad chapter in Ontario.Drug ring left tell-tale evidence in computer

Drug ring left tell-tale evidence in computer: "It was a drug trafficking ring that kept detailed accounting records, and the police were grateful for that.
At least four people who were part of a large-scale crack cocaine trafficking ring – which operated in downtown Montreal and was tied to the Hells Angels – pleaded guilty at the Montreal courthouse Thursday.
Running with the Devil: The True Story of the ATF's Infiltration of the Hells AngelsThe people were arrested in 2009’s Project Machine, a Montreal police investigation that targeted the activities of Daniel Leclerc, a member of the Hells Angels Nomad chapter in Ontario."

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Kings Cross controls Sydney's drug trade Biker News Network, Out Run By No One,1%er,Outlaw

Outlaw BikersBiker News Network, Out Run By No One,1%er,Outlaw: "Australia - WHOEVER controls Kings Cross controls Sydney's drug trade - and the lucre that flows from it. The Golden Mile has long been the setting for turf wars by gangs trying to dominate points of distribution for the drug market.
Nightclubs and bars in the Cross are the prime place to sell, mostly amphetamines, to cashed-up partygoers. So it's no wonder that bikie gangs are jostling for a piece of the action."

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Bikie drug labs increase, documents show

Aural Amphetamine: Metallica and the Dawn Of ThrashBikie drug labs increase, documents show: "There's been a surge in the number of drug laboratories run by outlaw bikie clubs and other crime groups despite government efforts to stop them, documents reveal.
Confidential figures estimate 756 drug labs will be detected across the country this year, almost double the number three years ago, Fairfax newspapers report.
That rise, partly attributable to increased detection, mainly relates to more drug production, police say.
The briefings show frustration within the NSW and Victorian forces with the federal counter-amphetamine program.
It also shows senior police believe Australia's amphetamine drug-busting program is in disarray.
The Australian Crime Commission, which manages the four-year, $20 million program, rejects the claims"

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Bikies 'corrupting state officials' | Adelaide Now

Blood Money: Bikies, Terrorists and Middle Eastern GangsBikies 'corrupting state officials' Adelaide Now: "SECRET information compiled by Police Commissioner Mal Hyde contains strong evidence bikie gang members have 'repeatedly corrupted' public officials, an independent report has found. Retired District Court Judge Alan Moss has been granted access to documents underpinning Mr Hyde's bid to declare the Rebels an outlaw gang for a review of the State Government's anti-association laws.
Key sections of the report have been blacked out to prevent public disclosure of sensitive information.
Mr Hyde's application, made on December 9 last year, remains live despite then-attorney-general Michael Atkinson's decision not to rule until the resolution of a High Court challenge brought by the Finks gang.
A central point of the police case against the Rebels was that members had 'repeatedly corrupted public officials', Mr Moss states"

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Bikies fight for lucrative drug trade Comanchero, Hells Angels and Notorious (the new boys on the block) it has been ''game on'

Bikies fight for lucrative drug trade: "WHOEVER controls Kings Cross controls Sydney's drug trade - and the lucre that flows from it. The Golden Mile has long been the setting for turf wars by gangs trying to dominate points of distribution for the drug market.
Nightclubs and bars in the Cross are the prime place to sell, mostly amphetamines, to cashed-up partygoers. So it's no wonder that bikie gangs are jostling for a piece of the action.
For gangs such as the Comanchero, Hells Angels and Notorious (the new boys on the block) it has been ''game on'', with no let-up in the violent struggle for supremacy, despite intense police scrutiny and legislative attempts to stop them associating.
Advertisement: Story continues below Kings Cross police received information in January last year that the Comanchero were trying to usurp the moves to ban bikies from clubs by attempting to covertly purchase the Lincoln nightclub right in middle of rival Notorious and Hells Angels turf, a bid that was unsuccessful. The next month, a riot squad was sent to the area of the Cross known as ''the strip'' to boost the number of officers on the street.
In early October this year Gang Squad police were bracing for a flare-up in bikie violence after receiving fresh information of a recruitment drive. At that time, 30 Comanchero and Notorious members clashed in the Cross, an incident that went unreported.Later that month, just kilometres from the Cross, the gangs clashed again outside a Bondi tattoo parlour."

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Biker gangs descend on south - news - the-press | Stuff.co.nz

Biker gangs descend on south - news - the-press Stuff.co.nz: "group of about 80 motorcycle riders from Highway 61 and Tribesman clubs travelled from Picton to Christchurch yesterday.
The bikers were stopped at a police checkpoint on State Highway 1, near Waipara, where at least one was arrested.
Christchurch police gang liaison officer Detective Kelvin Holden was not expecting gang problems this weekend.
'You bring your motorbike down from the North Island, [do you want to] get locked up in Christchurch? If you get your bike taken off you, it's all you've got really,' he said.
Police would be keeping an eye on things, Holden said.
The bikers were expected to attend a motorcycle show in Ashburton today.
Show organiser Gerald McKenzie said gangs had attended before without incident and would not be turned away.
'We don't hold any prejudice against anyone. It's open to the general public,' he said. 'A few years ago we had a whole heap [of gangs] with no trouble at all.'
Holden said the gangs' interests would likely be 'more about the bikes, than anything else'.
'With all the families that attend [the show] I think the gangs will be quite respectful,' he said.
Ashburton Mayor Angus McKay said the bikers were welcome if there was no trouble."

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Violent motorcycle gangs from Eastern Europe may be targetting Scotland, expert cop warns - The Daily Record

Violent motorcycle gangs from Eastern Europe may be targetting Scotland, expert cop warns - The Daily Record: "VIOLENT motorcycle gangs from eastern Europe are heading to Scotland in a bid to seize control of the drugs trade.
Police have warned that Hells Angels and rival gangs such as the Bandidos and Outlaws plan to bring their brand of terror to Scotland.
Bike gangs from Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Greece and the Czech Republic believe Scot land is an 'untapped market'.
Yesterday, Detective Sergeant David Wilson - Scottish liaison to the Europeal police agency Europol - warned: 'They are the Mafia in leather jackets.
'They a real worldwide network that can supply drugs and firearms.
'The gangs are involved in prostitution and extortion and they will control a town.'
Wilson, based at Europol HQ in The Hague, revealed: 'There is probably about 500 of these gangs in Europe.
'They have not hit the UK or Scotland - but it is probably only a matter of time before they do.'
The team at Europol gave the Record unprecedented access to their headquarters in the Hague, Holland, to witness firsthand their war on the underworld.
One of their main tasks is identifying the criminal threats of the future - and biker gangs are one of their key concerns.
Europol director general Rob Wainwright said: 'These gangs are certainly responsible for a large amount of criminal activity and in some cases a very serious criminal activity, including drug trafficking."

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Berkshire Hells Angels pleads not guilty - BostonHerald.com

Berkshire Hells Angels pleads not guilty - BostonHerald.com: "member of the Berkshire County chapter of the Hells Angels motorcycle club has been ordered held on $50,000 bail for allegedly trying to frame a witness in his criminal case.
Adam Lee Hall, whom prosecutors say is the chapter’s sergeant at arms, pleaded not guilty Monday in Berkshire Superior Court to charges including witness intimidation and kidnapping.
Authorities tell The Berkshire Eagle that 33-year-old Hall was the mastermind behind a plot to frame David Glasser of Pittsfield in which one of Hall’s female associates accused Glasser of robbing her at gunpoint. Charges against Glasser have been dismissed."

Police stumble upon bikie weapons cache

Police stumble upon bikie weapons cache: "random police stop in Crawley has uncovered a cached of high-powered weapons that police believe were destined to be used by feuding Perth bikie gangs.
Organised crime Detective Superintendent Charlie Carver said the weapons, including a semi-automatic and high-powered guns, would likely have been used by the Rock Machine bikie gang against their rivals the Rebels.
Tensions have been heightened between the two gangs with members squaring off at the Fremantle Yacht Club on the weekend. Earlier this month, a Rebel gang member's tattoo parlour was also firebombed with Molotov cocktails."
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