|Ernie Dew, the former president of the Manitoba Hells Angels. (QMI Agency Files)
WINNIPEG -- The former boss of the Hells Angels in Manitoba has run out of road in the provincial courts.
Ernie Dew's bid to see his 12-year sentence for trafficking cocaine overturned has been rejected by the Manitoba Court of Appeal, meaning he'll spend roughly 19 more months behind bars, followed by a further 18 if he can't pay a $57,500 fine handed to him as part of his punishment.
Dew, 52, appeared in court late last week hoping to be granted bail pending the outcome of his sentence appeal.
He abandoned his request to have his convictions reviewed in June.
The release request forced Justice Alan MacInnes to first consider whether his appeal had merit.
MacInnes ruled it didn't, saying it had "no realistic chance" of success. Even if it did, MacInnes said, he wouldn't have set Dew free.
"I do not consider him other than a danger to the public in the sense of risk to reoffend," said MacInnes. "The only reassurance I have that he would not is his word."
Dew was among 12 outlaw bikers and associates arrested in February 2006 as part of an undercover RCMP investigation dubbed Project Defence.
He was convicted in 2008 of seven charges and sentenced to 13 years. In 2009, the Manitoba Court of Appeal quashed his convictions and ordered a new trial after ruling Dew didn't get a fair hearing because he had been unable to secure a lawyer and had to temporarily represent himself.
The new trial ultimately saw Dew convicted again -- this time for six offences.
Dew's recent appeal took aim at a judge's decision last February on how much time he should have been credited for the period he spent in remand after sentencing on the struck-down 2008 prosecution.
Dew told the appeals court he is no longer a member of the Hells Angels.