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Retired RCMP officer says club in B.C. is no different from other chapters in Canada

Neal Hall and Lori Culbert, Vancouver Sun

Published: Friday, March 06, 2009

The main reason for the existence of the Hells Angels motorcycle club is to facilitate criminal activity for its members, a biker expert testified Thursday at the Vancouver trial of four prominent club members.

The Crown called Jacques Lemieux, a retired RCMP staff sergeant from Montreal who specialized in motorcycle gangs, to provide an expert opinion about the Hells Angels in Canada and specifically the East End chapter of the Hells Angels in B.C.

"It is my opinion that the main purpose of the Hells Angels organization is to facilitate the criminal activities of its membership," Lemieux testified.

Questioned by prosecutor Mark Levitz, Lemieux testified about a violent Quebec turf war years ago between the Hells Angels and a rival biker gang, the Rock Machine.

He said he believes the Hells Angels in B.C. are no different than other chapters in Canada.

Four East End Hells Angels -- Ronaldo Lising, Randy Potts, John Punko and Jean Violette -- are accused of assault, extortion and weapons offences.

The 28-count indictment alleges the Hells Angels chapter is a criminal organization and that the accused committed such crimes as extortion and uttering death threats "for the benefit of, at the direction of, or in association with a criminal organization, to wit the East End charter of the Hells Angels."

Earlier, Levitz asked Lemieux about a secretly taped conversation, in which Punko was heard speaking to police agent Michael Plante about dynamite.

"It is my opinion that Mr. Punko wanted dynamite [which shows] the extent the Hells Angels will go to further their criminal activities," Lemieux testified To read the rest of the article: http://www2.canada.com/vancouversun/news/westcoastnews/story.html?id=17009fb7-406f-490f-b300-c27d6d71b00c&k=71130