Sunday, April 1, 2012
Quebec Hells Angel caught in Panama
Michel Smith, a member of Quebec's Hells Angels who was wanted in Canada for the killings of 22 people as well as for drug trafficking has been arrested in Panama, police confirm. Panama?
Smith was one of 24 Hells Angels members and associates who escaped sweeping raids that targeted high-ranking Hells Angels in Quebec and New Brunswick in April 2009. Those raids led to 129 arrests, and the seizure of millions of dollars in cash, drugs and weapons. The charges laid in that sweep related to homicides and drug trafficking during the height of the province's biker wars.
Homicides and drug trafficking – those go hand in hand. The biker war in Quebec was a fight over drug territory. They were fighting over the right to sell drugs in a given area. It had nothing to do with riding motorcycles or living the dream. It was all about greed. Nothing more, nothing less.
Murdering rivals had absolutely nothing to do with honour and loyalty. It was about money. The money that could be made from drug trafficking. The convictions in Edmonton and Winnipeg clearly shows how this money making machine really works.
Not only do the Hells Angels profit from bringing cocaine into the country to be sold as crack, but they charge their puppet clubs who sell the drugs for them protection money. It’s a double dip. Profiting from the sale of drugs and profiting from the collection of protection money from the people that sell their drugs for them. That is a scam indeed. If they don’t pay their protection money, they’ll get someone else to sell their drugs for them. With friends like that, who needs enemies.