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« on: January 11, 2010, 08:16:14 PM »

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Bacchus, Hells Angels puppet, forms in N.S.

2010 01 11

By DAN ARSENAULT Crime Reporter
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Halifax’s criminal landscape shifted over the weekend as eight members of the former East Coast Riders Motorcycle Club formed a new chapter of the Hells Angels-affiliated, New Brunswick-based Bacchus.

"These guys are going hardcore," Cpl. Stephen MacQueen of the Halifax RCMP/regional police integrated intelligence unit said Monday.

"This group is making a stand to other organized crime groups to say we are here and this is our territory and don’t try to take it."

He called Bacchus an organized crime group that now has about 50 members. They’ve been around for about 30 years and had two chapters in New Brunswick (in the Moncton and Saint John areas), but held ceremonies in Moncton this weekend to welcome the new Nova Scotia chapter plus one in the St. Stephen area.

"I believe that they’ll be (named) Bacchus Nova Scotia, with a Halifax chapter.'

Cpl. MacQueen said the changeover signifies a few major points: that club members are identifying themselves as a criminal organization and that Nova Scotia is their territory. One significant change will see the bikers wearing patches that have Nova Scotia written on the bottom rocker; which states that this province is their territory.

He didn’t attend the ceremony, but Cpl. MacQueen said police had checkpoints arranged outside and saw who was coming and going. They noticed bikers from five provinces, but no Hells Angels.

He said the East Coast Riders have acted as eyes and ears for the Hells Angels since they officially closed their Halifax chapter in 2003. The Antigonish group the Highlanders do the same thing, he said.

However, the situation started to change several months ago when some other biker groups visited the area, Cpl. MacQueen said.

"Over the last few months there has been sightings of Rock Machine, sightings of Outlaws in Atlantic Canada, which has probably spurred the East Coast Riders to make a decision of where they were going to stand on the issue."

Cpl. MacQueen said the appearance of the rival bikers " who plainly displayed their patches " in local bars was a sign they were interested in the area and those visits demanded some type of response.

"Rival groups coming here wearing their colours in bars is a show of a lack of respect for the Hells Angels."

Before this weekend’s changeover, the bikers would have just reported the presence of the rivals to the Hells Angels, but now they’ll be expected to do more, Cpl. MacQueen said.

"If nobody bothers them I don’t think there will be a problem," he said.

"Where the problem exists is if a rival group decides to come here. Then the Bacchus Nova Scotia have a responsibility to step up and confront that and try to deter it."

"I think they are almost holding the territory for the Hells Angels."

Bacchus Nova Scotia will answer to its mother chapter in the Moncton area, he said.

The Highlanders and Bacchus Nova Scotia will likely get along fine, Cpl. MacQueen said, but they’ll differ because Bacchus will be expected to protect territory.

Cpl. MacQueen said the East Coast Riders formed in 2001 and likely started as a club for motorcycle enthusiasts. When the Hells Angels left the local scene, the East Coast Riders changed their patch to look more like a motorcycle club and were later seen in the company of Hells Angels.

He didn’t know if the move means that the Angels will try to resurrect a Halifax chapter. He said they are known to favour expansion, but might not want to change the local scene without strong support from Bacchus.

Cpl. MacQueen didn’t know where Bacchus will set up their Halifax-area home. The East Coast Rider's old digs in Waverley were badly damaged in a fire and are now up for sale.

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« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2011, 10:51:23 PM »
Saint John police keep an eye on bikers

July 30, 2011
About 100 members of Bacchus club are meeting in city

April Cunningham / Telegraph-Journal,Saint John, New Brunswick

SAINT JOHN – Public safety will be top of mind for police as they monitor Bacchus ,a motorcycle club gathering expected to draw around 100 bikers to the city this weekend.

“We’ll certainly be around and watching any activities that’s untoward,” Saint John police chief Bill Reid said Friday. “But past indications are they’ve been very respectful and respectful of the folks at the inn.”

The bikers, from across New Brunswick and beyond, are gathering at the Colonial Inn on City Road in a meeting that runs through Sunday.

The growing Bacchus group, which has a clubhouse on Pitt Street in the south end, has longtime links to the Hells Angels.

Like the Hells Angels, members wear a one per cent symbol, which generally indicates they relate to the one per cent of society who are outlaws.

Criminal Intelligence Service Canada considers Bacchus an outlaw motorcycle gang known to be involved in drug trafficking and moving stolen goods. Their main clubhouse is in Osborne Corner, Albert County.

Members of the Bacchus motorcycle club are holding a meeting at the Colonial Inn, Saint John, this weekend.Photo: Ray Bourgeois / Telegraph-Journal

In recent years, the club has absorbed the former Charlotte County Mariners in St. George, as well as the East Coast Riders of Nova Scotia.

While RCMP intelligence officers monitor the club’s expanding influence, police in Saint John say its membership has grown as well.

“We’ve noticed an increase in folks in Saint John with ‘one per cent’ on their jackets,” Deputy Police Chief Bruce Connell said. “We know they’ve grown in Saint John.”

The number of members in the city is still relatively small, but Connell said it has probably doubled in size since it set up shop in Saint John in 2005.

“Generally those types of clubs have criminality to them,” Connell said. “For sure we want to know what their intent is in our city.”

At least one Bacchus member, Ron Richard, denied allegations the club has plans to expand in Fredericton in an interview with the Daily Gleaner. He said members just enjoyed going to the pub to party and have a good time.

While the topic of this weekend’s meeting is unclear, Saint John’s police chief expects members will take the bikes out for a run at some point.

When asked if he was concerned about the potential for organized crime to be discussed behind closed doors, Reid said he’s sure they would be talking about a lot of things they wouldn’t want police to know.

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