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Violent conflict between Hells Angels and street gangs: the SQ deploys in Eastern Quebec

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The general management of the Sûreté du Québec will send several of its police officers specializing in organized crime to come to the aid of the Quebec City Police Department. (Archive photo)

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The general management of the Sûreté du Québec announces that it is sending around a hundred of its police officers to the eastern regions of Quebec to put an end to the violent conflict between street gangs and the Hells Angels in the National Capital.

According to our information, the majority of police resources will be in the region from next Monday. The majority of police reinforcements come from the Greater Montreal region.

Half of the organized crime investigation bureau in the metropolis is mobilized in the east of the province.

It is a question of police officers being part of the Organized Crime Division, the National Organized Crime Repression Squad (ENRCO), squads linked to the CENTAURE national strategy against firearms, and several partners already united in the Regional Mixed Squads (ERM).

The Sûreté du Québec, the police service of Quebec City, Ville Saguenay and Lévis are deploying a police force in connection with the violent events of recent weeks. Police operations will affect the region of Quebec, Saguenay and eastern Quebec, declared Lieutenant Benoit Richard of the Sûreté du Québec.

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The messages are clear. We are going to attack all the people who commit these crimes, and we will bring them before the courts in the coming days. […] It's over!

A quote from Benoit Richard, lieutenant at the Sûreté du Québec

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Lieutenant of the Sûreté du Québec, Benoit Richard .

According to our police sources, members of the Profits Boyz gang have been seen in shadowing operations as far away as Sept-Îles, Saguenay and even Rimouski. There is no doubt that the conflict which is raging especially in Quebec and in the east of the province has ramifications as far as Montreal.

The conditions are therefore favorable for violent settling of scores to occur in the Quebec metropolis.< /p>

In recent weeks, the Sûreté du Québec says it has observed violent events including gunfire, arson and kidnapping, the last two of which were widely publicized.

Monday, a hostage-taking in St-Malachie, in Chaudière-Appalaches, of Hells Angels sympathizers by independent drug traffickers ended with a torture session broadcast on social networks.

Two days later, a 28-year-old man, Michaël Chouinard, was found in the' Rosemont borough in Montreal, alive and mutilated, 400 km from his home in Saguenay where he had been kidnapped a few hours earlier.

Friday morning, SQ police officers struck a residence an hour from Quebec with its tactical intervention group.

Three people were arrested in connection with the hostage taking and the torture session which was broadcast on social networks, which occurred in St-Malachie.

The arrests took place in Montmagny. The suspects are two men aged 28 and 38, as well as a 37-year-old woman, said Lieutenant Richard.

For a year, a violent conflict between drug traffickers and street gangs and the Hells Angels of the Quebec chapter has degenerated into bloodshed. Several individuals from the criminal world received notices that their lives were in danger confirms the Sûreté du Québec.

Several suspects linked to street gangs, rallied behind trafficker Dave “Pic” Turmel, who leads the revolt against criminal bikers, have already been identified by the police authorities.

In recent months, street gangs and their independent drug traffickers in Quebec are now refusing to pay the 10% rebate to the Hells Angels for selling narcotics on their territories, according to our information.

They even source their supplies while avoiding the Hells' import network Angels.

So far, the biker criminals have offered no response. But the police fear that the violent past of their organization will give rise to bloody score-settling in the coming weeks, or even the coming months.

The duration of the presence of reinforcements will be evaluated on a weekly basis, according to our sources.

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116