Authorities in Panama have arrested one of the top-level fugitives accused of executing a bloody Quebec biker war that was won by the Hells Angels but also reinvigorated law enforcement efforts to bring down the gang.
Michel Smith, an alleged leadership figure associated with the Hells Angels, was arrested Friday in Playa Coronado, a resort area on the Pacific coast, according to the Panama National Police.
Investigators in the central American country say he is wanted on 29 charges, including 22 for murder. Mr. Smith, 49, also known as “L’animal” and Michael Lajoie-Smith, among other aliases, faces a quick extradition back to Canada, police officials in Panama said in a news release. The statement released Sunday added that Mr. Smith was captured after a two-month surveillance operation. READ ON