On Saturday, the Charlottetown’s Hells Angels became full patch members, meaning they have the ability to recruit new members.
Previously, the Charlottetown “hangaround” club was sponsored by Hells Angels in Woodbridge, Ont.
The club’s new status comes a couple of weeks after an estimated 75 Hells Angels from across Canada were on the Island to attend the funeral of a local club member.
The previous night, a Hells Angels member allegedly punched another person in a Charlottetown bar.
Our first exposure to Hells Angels on the Island was much earlier – in August 2017 – when nine local members of the hangaround club were arrested for illegal gaming. All nine later pleaded guilty to operating the illegal activity out of their Fitzroy Street clubhouse located in a residential neighbourhood. One member also pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm.
There have been other court incidents involving local club members, including another assault outside of the The Factory Cookhouse and Dancehall on Kent Street in May 2018 as well as incidents involving uttering threats and criminal harassment.
But this group is capable of much more as we’ve seen with other chapters in Canada.
In the past couple of months, we’ve seen the gang’s true colours with Hells Angels members being arrested in New Brunswick and Quebec for drug trafficking charges.
The Hells Angels, and Bacchus Motorcycle Club as well, has no place here.
P.E.I. is a place where people work hard, make a living and raise a family. It is also a place that is enjoying strong economic growth and a vibrant tourism industry.
Outlaw motorcycle gangs are not here to make a positive impact on the economy.
The good news is that the number of members on P.E.I. has dropped from 10 to six. According to the RCMP, six is the minimum needed to form a chapter. With any luck, the chapter will collapse the same way it did in Nova Scotia in 2003. At that time, four members were in jail and police seized their clubhouse.
On the Island, over the past couple of years, law enforcement has been diligent with monitoring this group’s activities and making arrests.
As the Charlottetown membership is at a low point, now is the time for the community to come together and support law enforcement in its efforts to police this group and keep the public safe.
Nothing good can come from this chapter getting full patch status and the ability to recruit new members.
This is a growing concern that needs to be put to a stop.
Source: The Guardian