A longtime member of the Hells Angels in Quebec has been accused of failing to declare to a customs officer how much money he was bringing into Canada when he returned to the country earlier this year.
The charge against Richard (Dick) Mayrand, 58, was filed at the Montreal courthouse this week following an investigation by the RCMP. The alleged offence occurred in Montreal on Feb. 28 and Mayrand has been summoned to appear in court in September.
He is alleged to have violated a section of Canada’s Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act. The charge involves an alleged “failure to declare to a customs officer the importation of cash of a value equal to or greater than the regulatory amount when such a declaration” was made. A conviction under the summary offence comes with a maximum fine of $250,000 or a maximum two-year prison term.
It is the first time Mayrand has been charged with any wrongdoing since Operation Springtime 2001, when he and many other members of the Hells Angels Nomads chapter and the drug trafficking network that worked under them were rounded up and charged with being part of a conspiracy to sell drugs like cocaine and eliminate their enemies in what came to be known as Quebec’s biker gang war.