Paul Cherry • Montreal Gazette
A man who died Wednesday after his neighbour found him lying in the driveway of his home in St-Hyacinthe was a convicted drug dealer who had ties to the Hells Angels.
The Sûreté du Québec is investigating the homicide. A spokesperson for the provincial police on Thursday confirmed the victim was Jimmy Pelletier, a 40-year-old resident of St-Hyacinthe.
Pelletier was found lying outside his home on Rouleau St. shortly after 7 a.m. Wednesday. He was taken to a hospital, where he was declared dead a short while later.
The homicide victim had a criminal record that included a case in 2010 wherein he pleaded guilty to eight counts of drug trafficking. He was sentenced to a 34-month prison term.
The following year, the Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux released a decision concerning the liquor permit held by a bar in St-Hyacinthe. The decision made reference to reports from police officers who spotted two full-patch members of the Hells Angels inside the bar on March 15, 2009. The police alleged drugs were being sold out of the bar. Pelletier was referred to as a known drug trafficker in the decision. The police reported that he appeared to be with the two Hells Angels on the day the bikers showed up. The police told the provincial liquor board they believed the Hells Angels were there to “let it be known it was their territory.”
No one has been arrested in connection with Pelletier’s death.
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