A London member of the Hells Angels with a history of violence faces multiple charges following the first police operation targeting local members of the outlaw motorcycle gang in more than five years.
Police searched two homes and a storage locker over the weekend, seizing two stun guns, brass knuckles, three Hells Angels vests, $15,000 worth of cocaine, oxycodone pills, weigh scales and cash, the OPP said Tuesday.
The raids were the result of a five-month investigation, said Det.-Staff Sgt. Anthony Renton, the head of the OPP biker enforcement unit.
“It wasn’t a long-term investigation,” said Renton, whose unit worked with London police and the RCMP on the joint probe.
Sean Burger, 47, of London, is charged with two counts of drug possession for the purpose of trafficking, possession of a prohibited device and possession of a firearm contrary to a probation order.
Burger, whom police identified as a known member of the Hells Angels, appeared in court on Monday and was released from custody. His case returns Feb. 2.
Jessica Bolschetschenko, 33, of London, is charged with drug possession and unauthorized possession of a weapon. Her first court appearance is Feb. 15.
Investigators are also looking for a 27-year-old London woman, whose identify wasn’t released. But court documents obtained by The Free Press show there’s an arrest warrant for Breanna Atkinson, who is jointly charged with Burger with two counts of drug possession for the purpose of trafficking.
The OPP, along with London police and the RCMP, searched a home on Wharncliffe Road North, a home on Springmeadow Road and a storage locker on Scanlon Street on Saturday, said police, who didn’t provide addresses for the three locations.
Burger and Atkinson live at 385 Wharncliffe Rd. N, while Bolschetschenko lives at 3059 Springmeadow Rd., according to court documents. Springmeadow is in London’s Westmount neighbourhood, southeast of the intersection of Wonderland and Southdale roads.
Burger has a string of past convictions for assaults, court records shows.
A 1997 assault conviction led to a fine. In 2009, Burger was sentenced to time served – he spent five days in pre-trial custody – for obstructing a peace officer. Burger was also fined for an assault conviction that same year. Most recently, he was sentenced to 90 days in jail and given probation for a 2010 assault conviction, according to court records.
London has long been considered territory of the Hells Angels, with around a dozen full-patch members in the city.
The last time authorities targeted people linked to the biker gang’s London chapter came in February 2013, when 31 people were arrested at a Super Bowl party at a Markham banquet hall packed with around 2,300 guests. Several of the people nabbed in the raid and a second set of arrests a month later were Londoners, including two past presidents of the London Hells Angels’ chapter.