Pubdate: Sat, 11 Sep 2004
Source: Daily Press, The (CN ON)
Copyright: 2004 Daily Press (CN ON)
Author: Sarah Deeth
Bookmark: (Drug Raids)
Bookmark: (Outlaw Bikers)


Local News - Timmins police are remaining quiet about organized crime 
activity in the city, even as investigators outside the area acknowledge 
those arrested in a giant raid this week are known to outlaw motorcycle 
gang investigations.

OPP Detective Staff Sergeant Scott Mills, supervisor for the Northeastern 
Ontario biker division, said the names of those facing charges after 
Wednesday's raids turned up drugs, weapons, armour, explosive devices and 
cash, are well known to his division.

While he said he didn't know if any were members of any particular gang, he 
said outlaw biker gangs such as the Hells Angels frequently have a role in 
narcotic dealings.

"Hells Angels are involved in drug trafficking, and they do influence 
Timmins drug culture," Mills said, but would not comment on the extent of 
their influence.

Mills said outlaw bikers are attempting to make themselves less visible.

"They're cutting their hair, they're not wearing their colours anymore. 
They're trying to blend in with society a bit more."

There's a lot of money to be made in the drug trade, Mills said, which is a 
big draw for organized crime, and many don't want to hurt their lucrative 
business by drawing attention to their affiliations.

"Where there's that kind of money, you're going to find gang activity," he 

"Whenever you have drugs, money and violence you're going to have outlaw 
biker gangs.

"These things go hand in hand."

Inspector Mike McGinn with the Timmins Police Service said he couldn't say 
if the rifles seized during the massive sweep in Timmins and Quebec were 
used in any kind of criminal activity or if violence among gang members was 
escalating. McGinn would also not comment on the prevalence of gangs in 

"In order to distribute such a large quantify of drugs, you have to have 
connections, be it biker gangs, mafia, whatever it may be," McGinn said.

Of the six suspects arrested, five were sent to Montreal to face several 
drug, weapon and fraud charges.

One suspect, 23-year-old Jesse Jacques, remained in Timmins and plead 
guilty at his Friday afternoon bail hearing to two counts of possessing 
narcotics for the purpose of trafficking and one count of possessing an 
illegal explosive.

He received a conditional sentence of six months house arrest, a $200 fine 
for the explosive and a year on probation.

The Crown said Jacques' plea will have no effect on the cases against the 
five others arrested in Timmins.

Police also continue to probe the "relationship to drug distribution and an 
ongoing murder investigation," McGinn said.

Maurice Servant Jr., 35, arrested Wednesday morning, was the older brother 
of the late Randall Servant, 31, whose body was found on Vipond road 
earlier this year. Servant was shot to death.

Ronald Godin's body was found in April after his disappearance in January.
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