OUR-LADY-OF-MOUNT-CARMEL — Close to 300 bikers members of the Hells Angels or groups of supporters have taken part this weekend at a large annual meeting at the Auberge de Mont-Carmel. This party was held under high police surveillance. The police have handed out at roadblocks, not least of 240 tickets.
Dozens of police officers from the Sûreté du Québec and the Squad joint regional matters (ERM) against organised crime were waiting for the bikers on a firm footing. Police were monitoring the access to Notre-Dame-du-Mont-Carmel in order to control all of the riders. They have been subjected to extensive reviews of vehicles. Two roadblocks had been erected for this long operation of verification and intelligence.
Officially, the Sûreté du Québec said carry out a control operation of motorcycles. There was, therefore, not that the bikers are members of groups that had to submit to the controls.
The dams were located on route 157 and in front of the community centre of the municipality. Investigators of the intelligence were on the spot and invited the bikers in turn to submit to the inspection of vehicles. On the spot, the police do not hide, to demonstrate that this operation was aimed specifically at bikers associated with organized crime.
The Sûreté du Québec that was published Sunday, a balance sheet of its intervention. In all, 370 motorcyclists have been controlled for. “The purpose of this road safety was to verify compliance of materials, equipment, motorcycles and their drivers,” says staff sergeant Stéphane Tremblay of the Sûreté du Québec.
At the end of the day, the police have given you 240 tickets. Bikers have received 147 findings for materials and equipment, non-compliant, 72 for exhaust systems are non-compliant and 21 for speeding. In addition, a vehicle has been seized under the highway Safety code and notice of the mechanical check has been issued.
The police have checked all the bikers who came to the gathering.
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Police were filming interventions also. And bikers, were filming the police in their turn. These images captured by the police to allow investigators to update their information and to follow the evolution of the Hells Angels and their supporters. Moreover, many of the men wore jackets without the badge central, which is reserved to the “prospects” (rookie). This demonstrates that the members are renewed.
It has been possible to see on the spot are members in good standing of the Hells Angels of the section of Trois-Rivières, but also a little everywhere in Quebec. The members of this group will no longer display the section name on the badge is very well known, but the names of the province. Members of the Hells Angels in New Brunswick were also at the gathering.
In addition, many groups of bikers, supporters with the Hells Angels went to Notre-Dame-du-Mont-Carmel. There was, in particular, members of the Deimos Crew, whose section is in Three Rivers, Dead Messengers, Jesters, Iron Dog, Devils, Ghosts, and Dark Soul s. all In all, a dozen different groups were identified on-site. All in all, the colors of 46 different groups have been identified by the investigators, indicates that the SQ.
This gathering was held at the auberge Mont-Carmel. A large marquee has been installed at the rear of the property. The strings put around the hostel marked the place well.
The Squad regional joint against the organized crime, led the operations.
It is somewhat ironic that this gathering will take place at Notre-Dame-du-Mont-Carmel. While there were rumours that the Hells Angels wanted to establish their new premises in the neighbouring municipality of Trois-Rivières, the municipal council of the place had adopted a resolution to prevent this from happening. The elected officials had changed the zoning of some areas to prevent the places of meeting.
“We would have preferred that it be held elsewhere”, admits the mayor of the town, Luc Dostaler. “We don’t want our municipality to be associated with groups of motorcycle gangs.”
The mayor of Notre-Dame-du-Mont-Carmel, however, was delighted with the large police presence. This sends a good message to the population, he says.
Members of several groups of bikers are gathering from Notre-Dame-du-Mont-Carmel, near Trois-Rivières.