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Two members of the Hells Angels suspects in contraband tobacco ring

Two members of the Hells Angels were yesterday targeted across the province as the RCMP rounded up suspects in contraband tobacco ring.

They said that the group bought cigarettes produced on the Kahnawake and distributed them in the Quebec City region while using violence and intimidation to collect money and establish their turf.

Dumas, a founding member of the Quebec City chapter, only recently completed an eight-year prison term for the attempted murder of a rival gang member shot in 1996.

Roberge also has served a lengthy prison term, for taking part in an arson fire that killed a person in Quebec City in 1996.

RCMP Sgt. Luc Bessette said that during the investigation, dubbed Project Château, investigators learned money generated from the sale of contraband tobacco was reinvested into another illegal scheme.

“We knew that the organized crime (group) was involved in illicit tobacco sales, and now we hope to be able to prove in court that the profits of those sales were used to produce drugs that were sold in the Quebec City region,” Bessette told a news conference in Quebec City.

The RCMP said it is the first time charges of gangsterism have been laid against members of a biker gang for trafficking of contraband tobacco.

Twenty-two people in all were sought as the RCMP carried out arrests in the Quebec City region and areas south of Montreal. By late morning, 19 people were arrested and another was expected to surrender to the Mounties. Roberge and one other person were not arrested and are believed to be out of the country.

Two men from Kahnawake were among the people named in indictments filed in Quebec City yesterday.

Federal crown prosecutor Josée Belanger said the 22 people are part of an organized network and all face charges of gangsterism as well as offences related to the sale of contraband tobacco. Roberge faces additional charges of drug trafficking, possession of drugs for the purpose of trafficking and conspiracy to traffic in drugs.

Police seized nearly 300 cases of contraband tobacco as well as 20,000 methamphetamine pills. They also uncovered a clandestine drug lab in Waterloo, in the Eastern Townships, that produced speed.

The RCMP conducted the investigation in collaboration with provincial police and the Quebec City police. The first nations police force of Wendake, a reserve near Quebec City, and police in St. Jean sur Richelieu also played a role in the investigation, Bessette said.

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