Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Joey Verma’s trial kicks off the Kelowna Summer Jam
I drove up for Joey Verma’s court date in Kelowna on Monday. Turns out it was just a date to set a date which is rather bizarre. There’s no reason they couldn’t have set that date last time. His new lawyer wasn’t even there. He just made a telephone appearance. The delays on this case are starting to get absurd. No doubt the defense will jump at the opportunity to ask for an adjournment at some point claiming his right to a speedy trail has been violated. Yet that argument fails when it’s the defense causing the delays. The court is right to push the case forward.
I am told Joey’s old girlfriend worked as a technician at a pharmacy. Like that’s not suspicious. I wonder how Sam and Mike’s Oxycontin fraud case is going? Nevertheless, Joey’s pretrial conference has been set for July 16 at 9:30 AM before the Associate Chief Justice. Joey made his appearance on the modern equivalent of Skype. It looked like he was sitting in the electric chair. Unfortunately I doubt justice will ever come close to being served in this case.
As we’ve said before, Joey was a known Hells Angel associate and a close friend of Dale Habib. Reports of him getting a new VP Tattoo and recruiting for the Kingpin Crew in prison are somewhat disturbing. Later that day Randy Naicker from the Independent Soldiers was shot dead in Port Moody. When Joey was first arrested it was reported in the news he was an associate of the Independent Soldiers. We know he is close with Blaze from the Kelowna IS who is facing sexual assault charges himself.
I noticed the following day someone put up Kelowna Summer Jam posters outside the Kelowna Hells Angels clubhouse at 837 Ellis Street. It’s easy to miss the clubhouse. There are no 666 or devil horn logos outside. I drove right past it myself. I had to actually look for the street address to find it and then noticed the bikes parked out front. There is no name or logo on the building at all. The outside décor looks very trendy and feminine. Well trimmed hedge. Pink flowers in the hanging baskets. It’s very discreet. You’d never know by looking at the outside that was the clubhouse for a criminal organization implicated in numerous murders and drug trafficking.
Not far down the road and around the corner I visited the Delta Grand where Larry Amero was shot along with Jonathon Bacon. Turns out that not only were they making a huge scene on that ridiculous Steroids and Silicone boat, paying $6,000 cash at the hotel did bring attention to them which is clearly what they wanted. That is the problematic nature of organized crime. You need to establish a reputation but you don’t want to attract too much heat from the police or from rivals you rip off in the process.
Which brings us to the Kelowna Summer Jam. The Kelowna Hells Angels clubhouse may well be discreet but the Hells Angels violent involvement in the drug trade isn’t. Dain Philips murder is a clear example of how loud, proud and deranged they have become. This needs to be addressed. Reporting a murderer to the police is not being a rat. Failing to do so is. Lest we forget.