OTTAWA — The Supreme Court on Tuesday unanimously rejected the Crown's appeal to lift a stay of proceedings for 31 Hells Angels members charged with drug trafficking offences.
Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin said the charges had to be dropped because the case against the accused would have violated the defendants' charter right to be tried within a reasonable amount of time.
The case dates back to 2009 when Quebec police arrested 156 people with Hells Angels ties in a massive operation known as SharQc.
Thirty-one of the suspects were indicted with drug offences while the rest faced murder and conspiracy to commit murder charges.
Superior Court Judge James Brunton ruled the Crown was "flagrantly unprepared" for the case and said it would take several years to try all of the accused.