Sus­pected biker gang mem­bers plead not guilty

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Two men with sus­pected ties to an out­law biker gang have pleaded not guilty to charges stem­ming from re­cent ar­rests in Har­bour Grace.

Lawyer Johnathan McDon­ald en­tered the pleas on be­half of Sal­va­tore Cic­cia­rella and James Percy Cur­ran, nei­ther of whom was in court last Wed­nes­day in Har­bour Grace when their cases were called. Bob Buckingham rep­re­sents both men.

Cic­cia­rella and Cur­ran were ar­rested last month in Har­bour Grace af­ter RCMP of­fi­cers pulled over a ve­hi­cle. Po­lice re­port­edly seized 50 Hy­dro­mor­phi­nol pills and $3,100 in cash, along with what court doc­u­ments re­fer to as a hand­gun.

Both men are charged with pos­sess­ing drugs for the pur­pose of traf­fick­ing and con­ceal­ing a weapon.

Cic­cia­rella and Cur­ran are be­lieved to be mem­bers of the Vik­ings mo­tor­cy­cle club. Among the court or­ders linked to their re­lease is one pro­hibit­ing them from wear­ing any cloth­ing af­fil­i­ated with mo­tor­cy­cle clubs.

Cur­ran’s trial is set for Aug. 23, while Cic­cia­rella’s takes place just over a week later Sept. 1.

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