Joe Bruno on the Mob – Three Hells Angels Charged With Running a Canadian Drug Ring With Mexican Ties
Nov. 1, 2012,
Three men with links to the Hells Angels have been charged with running a mass Canadian drug operation with ties to deadly Mexican drug cartels. The three men are: West Point Hells Angel Larry Amero; Shane (Wheels) Maloney, a B.C. native living in Quebec; and Rabih Alkhalil, a former Lower Mainland resident. Amero and Maloney are already in custody. Police are still hunting for Alkhalil, but so far to no avail.
The three men face an array of charges, including conspiracy, trafficking, and working for the benefit of a criminal organization. According to the Vancouver Sun, Amero and his associates were said to be “Part of a B.C. gang alliance dubbed the ‘Wolf Pack’ that was locked in a bloody war with rivals from the Dhak-Duhre crime group.”
The head of British Columbia’s anti-gang agency said to the press, “These three men are key figures in B.C.’s gang conflict.”
Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit Chief Officer Dan Malo confirmed that the B.C. anti-gang agency has been working with its Quebec counterparts on this organized crime case.
“Gang members continue to spread their tentacles from B.C. to other provinces,” Malo said. “These guys are on the radar of CFSEU-BC and law enforcement right across Canada. As we see with the arrests today, the intelligence sharing and cooperation among law enforcement is unparalleled.”
Amero and Maloney, both 35, and Alkhalil, 25, are the alleged kingpins of the cross-country cocaine ring that led to 103 arrests in late October by the Sûreté du Québec in Ontario and Quebec.
B.C. Justice Minister Shirley Bond said the multiple arrests will make the streets safer across the entire country of Canada.
“B.C. invests in public safety and supports the CFSEU so that they can contribute to investigations like this,” Ms. Bond said. “It’s essential for us to participate in these coordinated cross-Canada investigations and be able to contribute officers and expertise to make our province and country safer.”
The Canadian gang leaders did not get their drugs locally, but in fact, imported their babania from Mexico, several hundred miles to the south.
SQ Insp. Michel Forget told reporters at provincial police headquarters in Montreal, the drug gang “Used a middleman to cooperate with Mexican drug cartels and appeared to have the capacity to import and distribute about 75 kilograms of cocaine per week. This group did not hesitate to use violence to take control and expand their territories.”
During the mass arrests in October, police also seized an arsenal of weapons, including 400 firearms and1,486 sticks of dynamite.
Amero made headlines in August 2011 when he barely escaped death in an assassination attempt in Kelowna that left him seriously wounded and his Red Scorpion pal Jonathan Bacon dead. Amero was a leading figure in the Hells Angels White Rock chapter before joining the Surrey-based West Point group in early 2012. Since his scrape with death, Amero has been laying low in Montreal. However, Amero was seen by undercover agents travelling regularly back and forth between Quebec and B.C., and he was also seen in in Vancouver.
As for Maloney, The Vancouver Sun wrote, “Maloney, part of Montreal’s Irish West End gang, was talking to real estate agents about purchasing Lower Mainland property just this past summer. He had been staying in Yaletown for long stretches of time over the last year. CFSEU officers were tailing him on a visit here in July. He was stopped and arrested for breaching bail conditions related to Montreal charges laid last year when Maloney and another Hells Angel associate allegedly brutally beat a Montreal police officer who was on vacation in Mexico and took a photo of the bikers in a bar.”
Alkhalil, who has a warrant out for his arrest, grew up in North Vancouver, but has spent most of his life in Ottawa. Police said they don’t know his current whereabouts, but are exhausting all possible avenues to precipitate his arrest.
Two of Alkhalil’s brothers have been murdered in B.C. in the last decade. One was shot to death in Surrey. The other died in the infamous Loft Six nightclub shooting in downtown Vancouver. Another Alkhalil brother, Nabil, has been ordered deported because of a cocaine trafficking conviction in Ontario.
Despite the stalwart efforts of the Canadian police and their anti-gang agencies, the arrest and possible convictions of Amero, Maloney, and Alkhalil will do little to stem the plague of drugs distributed throughout Canada. If we’ve learned anything about organized crime in the past 50 years – when one gangster is arrested, ten others line up to take his place; especially when drugs are involved.
There’s tons of money to be made in drugs, and like one American mobster once said to his cohort, “I know it’s dangerous work, but if we don’t do it, someone else will. And someone else will get rich instead of us.”