Hells An­gels mem­ber ar­rested

Faces string of drug, firearms-re­lated charges; ‘sig­nif­i­cant hit’ to biker gang

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ATLANTIC - BY KEITH DOUCETTE

Po­lice say they be­lieve or­ga­niz­ing ef­forts by the Hells An­gels in Nova Sco­tia have taken a “sig­nif­i­cant hit” with the ar­rest of an al­leged mem­ber in a drug raid.

David James Bishop, 35, was ar­rested along with two women at a home in the Hal­i­fax sub­urb of Cole Har­bour last Wed­nes­day. All three now face a string of drug and firearms-re­lated charges.

“His (Bishop’s) role within the or­ga­ni­za­tion is sig­nif­i­cant, es­pe­cially here for the Lon­don-East chap­ter out of Musquodoboit Har­bour, N.S.,” said RCMP Cpl. Mike Kerr of the com­bined forces spe­cial en­force­ment unit in Hal­i­fax.

“He comes with an out­law mo­tor­cy­cle gang back­ground and he’s got a his­tory of drug traf­fick­ing and vi­o­lence, there­fore I’m quite con­fi­dent that we de­liv­ered a blow to the lo­cal Hells An­gels here in Nova Sco­tia.”

Bishop — who po­lice had pre­vi­ously de­scribed as hav­ing ties to the Bac­chus mo­tor­cy­cle gang — was taken into cus­tody and ap­peared in Dart­mouth pro­vin­cial court on Wed­nes­day.

Two women, Jac­que­lyne Anna Bro­phy, 33, and Sara Michelle Walker, 28, were re­leased and are to ap­pear in court Aug. 30.

Po­lice said they found a large quan­tity of drugs along with out­law mo­tor­cy­cle gang-re­lated para­pher­na­lia, firearms and am­mu­ni­tion in the raid. Kerr said the search war­rant was ob­tained af­ter po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tors re­ceived in­for­ma­tion from sources.

The lengthy list of charges against the trio in­cludes traf­fick­ing in co­caine, ec­stasy, and cannabis resin, and two counts of pos­ses­sion of a loaded re­stricted firearm. Bishop is also charged with two counts of pos­ses­sion of a firearm while pro­hib­ited. Kerr de­scribed Bishop as a “hangaround” mem­ber, which is one of the steps in be­com­ing a full-patch mem­ber of the Hells An­gels.

“The whole process can take any­where from three to five years ... but for all in­tent and pur­poses he is a mem­ber of the Hells An­gels.”

Po­lice have been warn­ing over the last few years that Canada’s most no­to­ri­ous biker gang has been try­ing to re­assert its in­flu­ence over the At­lantic re­gion drug trade, af­ter the former Hal­i­fax chap­ter was smashed by law en­force­ment in 2001.

The An­gels have since set up a num­ber of af­fil­i­ate or so-called “pup­pet clubs” in Nova Sco­tia, New Brunswick and Prince Ed­ward Is­land.

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