Hells Angels get multi terms for drug deals
A family that commits crime together does time together.
Three members of the same Winnipeg clan learned that Thursday after pleading guilty to their roles in a massive Hells Angels drug-dealing network.
Full-patch biker Sean Wolfe admitted to conspiracy to traffic cocaine and was sentenced to nine years in prison. His half-brother, David Single, admitted to possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking and received seven-and-a-half years behind bars. Wolfe's half-sister, Patricia Walsh, also admittedy to trafficking cocaine and was given six years in custody.
All sentences were joint recommendations from Crown and defence lawyers.
The trio were targeted as part of Project Divide, which saw police utilize gang associate Michael Satsatin, who was paid $450,000 to work as an undercover informant and help investigators capture audio and video of dozens of drug and weapons deals during surveillance.
Police charged 33 members and associates of the Hells Angels following the 13-month probe, which ended in December 2009 and involved more than 300 police officers in Manitoba and British Columbia. A total of 20 accused have now pleaded guilty and been sentenced to various periods of custody.
Wolfe, 33, is a longtime Hells associate who was promoted several years ago from the Zig Zag Crew, the so-called puppet club of the notorious biker gang. He is a former model and the cousin of hockey player Riley Cote, one of the National Hockey League's most feared enforcers, who plays for the Philadelphia Flyers.
Police describe Wolfe in court documents "as a person one should not cross. He is not only highly respected, but feared by numerous individuals and has the propensity to resort to violence," one of the investigating officers wrote in his affidavit for Project Divide.
Crown attorney Chris Mainella told court Walsh, 36, was involved in several separate cocaine transactions carried out on Wolfe's behalf. Police say Single, 34, met with the agent at the Tuxedo Park Shopping Centre to discuss drug transactions.
As part of their sentence, the three agreed to forfeit several items seized by police as proceeds of crime.
Drugs should be legalized and regulated. That would free up court space and reduce prison overcrowding and eliminate the need for the underground drug market.