Pubdate: Sat, 27 Jan 2001
Source: London Free Press (CN ON)
Copyright: 2001 The London Free Press a division of Sun Media Corporation.
Author: Randy Richmond


The territory-hungry Hells Angels and the never-say-die Outlaws are 
preparing for battle over the lucrative drug market of Southwestern 

No one knows if it'll be a full-blown war or just a few skirmishes. 
But it's clear from police and criminal sources that two of the 
biggest motorcycle gangs in the world are recruiting new members as 
weaker clubs falter in Southwestern Ontario.

And London, the largest urban centre in the region, is key to the struggle.

"We're all very concerned about what kind of violent fallout there 
will be," said Insp. Marty Van Doren, commander of the London RCMP 

The strength of biker gangs in Canada is growing faster than 
legislators and police can keep up. In a three-part series starting 
today, Sun Media examines the power of the gangs and shifting 
allegiances that could bring violence to Canadian communities.

Part one begins today with a look at Southwestern Ontario (next story).

The region presents a perfect combination for biker conflict -- a 
lucrative drug market no one dominates, a power vacuum created by 
weakened local gangs and the growing power of the Hells Angels in the 
face of their longstanding rivals, the Outlaws.

"The landscape has changed," said OPP Staff Sgt. Don Bell of the 
province's special biker squad. "We're all waiting to see what 
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