Ottawans charged in Hells Angels bust

NICK GARDINER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:43 AM ET

BROCKVILLE, Ont. - Four Ottawa residents are among nine people facing 320 charges in connection with a 30-month police investigation into an eastern Ontario drug trafficking operation with ties to the Hells Angels.

Details of the investigation, dubbed Project Beckenham, were revealed during a well-attended press conference Wednesday morning at the Quality Inn Royal Brock.

Inspector Bryan Martin, commander of the OPP's organized crime enforcement bureau, said the investigation began in August, 2007 after local police forces detected the presence of the Hells Angels Ontario Nomads in Ottawa, the Seaway Valley and surrounding communities.

Eight people, including a full-patch member of the Hells Angels, were arrested Jan. 14 at their homes in connection with the investigation and a warrant remains outstanding for a ninth person.

Police seized 1.7 kilograms of cocaine, 1.7 kilograms of marijuana resin, 130 pills and 500 grams of marijuana with a street value of close to $250,000.

In addition, 11 illegal firearms, $53,500 in cash, six cars, 2 motorcycles, six marine vessels, two ATVs, one recreational vehicle, $25,000 worth of jewelry and $10,000 worth of furniture were seized by police.

Drugs, cash and firearms were on display during the news conference and pictures of the seized vehicles were displayed on easels behind two tables where seven police officers, including Brockville Police Chief Adrian Geraghty and Gananoque Police Chief Kai Liu, responded to media questions.

Four Ottawa residents, Craig Haines, 29, Jameson Murray, 22, Lloyd MacDonald, 39, and Mario Sincennes, 45, whose Hells' Angels membership was on display, were arrested and charged in connection with the investigation.

Facing assorted charges for drug trafficking and conspiring with a criminal organization are Brockville residents Tracy Anne O'Neil, 26, Blaine Donner, 37, and Dwayne William Brugma, 26.

Ryan Albert Morton, 26, of Lansdowne, faces similar charges as does Ian Conklin, 45, of North Augusta Township, who has yet to be apprehended.

nickg@recorder.ca


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