BY MICHAEL MORTENSEN, THE LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — A Laconia man has begun serving a 39-month prison term for drug trafficking after being sentenced in U.S. District Court in Concord.
James Cunningham, 61, who federal authorities said was a member of the Hells Angles, was sentenced Thursday. He pleaded guilty in January to four counts of distributing methamphetamine.
According to court documents and statements made in court, Cunningham sold methamphetamine on four occasions in 2013 to someone cooperating with the FBI. Three of the drug transactions took place in Manchester and one occurred in Merrimack, according to the office of U.S. Attorney Scott W. Murray.
Cunningham will be on supervised release for three years following his release from prison. He also was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine.
“Drug trafficking crimes cause tremendous damage to our community,” said Murray. “In addition to the terrible problems of overdoses and addiction, drug trafficking often is associated with violence and can jeopardize the safety of the citizens living in the Granite State. We continue to work each day with our law enforcement partners to identify and prosecute drug traffickers so that we can decrease violence and improve the quality of life in New Hampshire.”
“Today, Mr. Cunningham, a member of the notorious Hells Angel biker gang, will begin paying the price for the irreparable harm that his drug trafficking caused within our communities,” said Harold H. Shaw, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Boston Division.
This case was investigated by the FBI New Hampshire Safe Streets Gang Task Force, which is comprised of the FBI, the New Hampshire State Police, New Hampshire Probation and Parole, and the Police Departments of Hudson, Manchester, and Nashua. Assistance was provided by the Laconia Police Department.
Ex-Hells Angels chief ‘Mom’ Boucher sentenced to 10 years for murder plot
Source CBC News Canada
Ex-Hells Angels chief Maurice “Mom” Boucher has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to conspiring to kill a former rival, high-ranking Mafia member Raynald Desjardins.
Boucher conspired with two accomplices to have Desjardins assassinated at the Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines penitentiary in 2015, according to an agreed statement of facts presented today at the Gouin courthouse.
Boucher’s plan never came to fruition, and he was arrested in his cell that year.
Desjardins is already serving a sentence in Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines for his role in the death of mob boss Salvatore Montagna.
Boucher’s daughter, Alexandra Mongeau, 28, was also handed a 21-month sentence to be served in the community after pleading guilty to concealment of money she knew was obtained through the proceeds of a crime.
Among her conditions are a curfew that becomes less restrictive as her sentence goes on. She will only be allowed to communicate with her father in writing.
Mongeau was acquitted of the more serious charge of conspiracy to commit murder.
‘All is good,’ Boucher says
Boucher is already serving a life sentence for the 1997 murders of two prison guards. The 10-year sentence will run concurrently.
The sentence for the murder plot is the result of a joint submission by the Crown and Boucher’s defence lawyer.
When given a chance to address the court, Boucher declined, instead saying, “all is good.”
Quebec Superior Court Justice Éric Downs described Boucher as someone who is not on the path to rehabilitation, and said there is practically no mitigating factor in this case, except for his guilty plea last month.