Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Hells Angels convictions in the civil forfeiture case
Kim Bolan is reporting that "The B.C. director of civil forfeiture wants criminal convictions against several Hells Angels admitted as evidence in an upcoming civil trial over the seizure of three biker clubhouses." That's kind of a no brainer. If you are trying to establish that the Hells Angels clubhouses were used to plan criminal activity, then you need to submit evidence proving it. However, their list is incomplete.
Their list includes two convictions against Kelowna Hells Angel Joseph Skreptak and convictions against Kelowna Hells Angels David Giles and Bryan Oldham in a drug conspiracy case. That is just the tip of the iceberg as to the criminal activity the Kelowna Hells Angels were involved with.
David Giles, formally known as Skelletor, was convicted of a huge cocaine ring out of Panama for the Kelowna Hells Angels while he was vice president of that chapter. Before that Don Lyons was convicted of trafficking cocaine for the Hells Angels along with Lester Jones the former Kelowna vice president. Two vice presidents right after each other. That establishes a pattern.
Johnny Newcome was convicted of revinning stolen vehicles in a huge stolen car, boat and motorcycle ring on behalf of the Kelowna Hells Angels. The court needs that evidence in determining the civil forfeiture of the Kelowna clubhouse. The court also needs documentation of the David Giles wire tap where he admits that not every Hells Angel is involved with criminal activity but anyone who uses the name of the club for criminal activity must have it approved through the local executive. That implicates the entire local executive.
I have previously stated my position on this case quite clearly. I think they should return the Nanaimo clubhouse and keep the Kelowna clubhouse by way of consent order. The East Van clubhouse needs to be decided by the courts. Although some members of the Nanaimo chapter have had criminal convictions it is nothing compared to Kelowna. The Kelowna clubhouse is a much stronger case. The Nanaimo case is pretty weak in comparison.
This brings us to two points. Normally civl forfeiture applies to items bought with the proceeds of crime. Claiming they used the clubhouse to plan criminal activity is valid but constitutes a new angel at interpreting the law. The Hells Angels argue that civl forfeiture is unconstitutional which is not entirely true. The freedom of association does not include the right to commit crime without consequence. The right to sell drugs or steal cars is not a charter right.
Yet this whole case brings us to the current dilemma we are now faced with. After the success of the David Giles and Johnny Newcome bust in Kelowna, the OMGU was disbanded and the RCMP's BC Gang task force stopped targeting the Hells Angels involvement with criminal activity.
The Surrey RCMP are watching the drug trafficking out of Shakerz that is supplying the Surrey Strip with fentanyl and not only refuse to make any arrests, they are actually providing the Hells Angels drug dealers on the Surrey strip with police protection. It is obscene. It doesn't get any more corrupt than that. Shakerz should be on the civl forfeiture list not the Nanaimo clubhouse.
The documentary Freeway: Crack in the system is now on Netflix. That documentary interviewed a corrupt DEA agent who busted Freeway Ricky. He said that after the CIA pulled the plug on the Blandon bust during the US crack epidemic back in the /80's the DEA became corrupt. They stopped trying to disrupt the street level drug trafficking and focused solely on seizing the proceeds of crime. They were pocketing finder fees for letting the drug trade flourish. Right now that is where we are at in BC. The police let street level drug trafficking flourish and are trying to focus solely on seizing the proceeds of crime without disrupting the drug trafficking.
This is why we need to bring back the OMGU. In Bob Paulson's exit interview it became clear that the RCMP have absolutely no desire whatsoever to investigate organized crime. That means we need to give that jurisdiction to someone who will. We need to bring back OCA and place organized crime back under provincial jurisdiction not under RCMP jurisdiction.
Right now the compromised BC Gang task force has started using the name OCA without following it's original mandate of actually investigating organized crime. You can fool some of the people some of the time but you can't fool all of the people all of the time. Stop the fraud yo.