BRAMPTON, ONT. — Robert Barletta, dubbed the “Teflon Biker” because charges against the prominent member of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club didn’t stick, was arrested and removed from an airplane at Pearson airport.
The high-visibility arrest that raised eyebrows from fellow travelers appears to be part of a large police action targeting the Hells Angels in southern Ontario that has not yet been announced.
Barletta was arrested Friday and charged with six criminal offences, five of them gun-related, according to court records.
Other members or associates of the club were also arrested and had a first appearance in Brampton court, Friday. Several friends of those arrested came to court to support them.
Police security at the courthouse was alerted to the incoming cases affiliated with the world’s largest outlaw biker organization.
“We are aware that some Hells Angels members were arrested and appeared at Brampton court,” said Const. Akhil Mooken of Peel Regional Police. Police assigned to provide court security did not turn anyone away from entering the court, he said.
This likely means their supporters removed or did not have or wear “colours” — the patches worn on the backs of outlaw biker clubs or gangs to signify membership. According to Ontario court practice, anyone wearing “colours” are not allowed inside a courthouse.
The names of other accused were not available prior to deadline.
It is understood more than a dozen members and associates were arrested in the police probe and the case involves London, Toronto and Niagara; a public announcement is expected Thursday by the province’s joint forces Biker Enforcement Unit (BEU) after charges, arrests and any seizures or search warrants are tallied and assessed by police.
Messages left for the BEU and the Ontario Provincial Police were not returned prior to deadline.
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