GANGLAND USERS

GANGLAND IS A SOCIAL ENTERPRISE PROJECT

Gangland was started ten years ago as a methods of tracking and reporting the social growth of gangs worldwide.It is based on factual reporting from journalists worldwide.Research gleaned from Gangland is used to better understand the problems surrounding the unprecedented growth during this period and societies response threw the courts and social inititives. Gangland is owner and run by qualified sociologists and takes no sides within the debate of the rights and wrongs of GANG CULTURE but is purely an observer.GANGLAND has over a million viewers worldwide.Please note by clicking on "Post Comment" you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite.
PROFANITY,RACIST COMMENT Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator.
Send us your feedback

Comments

Comments:This is your opportunity to speak out about the story you just read. We encourage all readers to participate in this forum.Please follow our guidelines and do not post:Potentially libelous statements or damaging innuendo, such as accusing somebody of a crime, defaming someone's character, or making statements that can harm somebody's reputation.Obscene, explicit, or racist language.Personal attacks, insults, threats, harassment, or posting comments that incite violence.Comments using another person's real name to disguise your identity.Commercial product promotions.Comments unrelated to the story.Links to other Web sites.While we do not edit comments, we do reserve the right to remove comments that violate our code of conduct.If you feel someone has violated our posting guidelines please contact us immediately so we can remove the post. We appreciate your help in regulating our online community. Read more: http://royalespot.blogspot.com/#ixzz0cg4WCuMS

Search Gangland

Custom Search

Wednesday, 1 October 2008

Kenneth (Wags) Wagner, a founder of the Niagara chapter who was found guilty yesterday of trafficking cocaine and firearms


22:24 |


Hells Angels were able to obtain confidential documents regarding police intelligence, the trial for a member of the notorious Hells Angels heard yesterday.
A handbook produced by the provincial Biker Enforcement Unit for front-line officers and intelligence reports about members of a rival gang were among documents seized from the clubhouse and homes of senior gang members, including Kenneth (Wags) Wagner, a founder of the Niagara chapter who was found guilty yesterday of trafficking cocaine and firearms for the benefit of a criminal organization.
The police documents and a member's wiretapped statements that he received "paperwork" from a police source were part of an agreed statement of facts read before the court."This was a highly sophisticated criminal operation that was using informants," prosecutor Tom Andreopoulos said during a break in the proceedings, adding that the Hells Angels' ability to penetrate police intelligence is a long-standing concern.Mr. Wagner was arrested in late September, 2006 along with 23 others in raids on homes and clubhouses in Toronto, Oshawa, Windsor and Niagara Region. The arrests were the culmination of an 18-month undercover operation called Project Tandem, which involved 500 officers from 11 forces and resulted in the seizure of more than $3-million worth of drugs and an array of weapons, in addition to the police documents.Project Tandem was executed with the help of a police agent named Steven Gault.In the agreed statement of facts, a Niagara chapter member and co-accused of Mr. Wagner's, Gerald Ward, revealed to Mr. Gault in a conversation recorded in August, 2005 that he knew a police officer who would tell him "a lot of stuff" and bring him "paperwork all the time."Mr. Ward's court proceedings are separate and ongoing.Mr. Wagner pleaded guilty to trafficking cocaine and to possession of the proceeds of crime, and has admitted to being an executive member of the Niagara Chapter of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club. However, he pleaded not guilty to trafficking cocaine and transferring a firearm for the benefit of a criminal organization, leaving it to the court to determine whether that group constituted a criminal organization. The confidential police documents formed part of Mr. Andreopoulos's argument that they are, and the judge ruled that Mr. Wagner's crimes were therefore to the benefit of a criminal organization.Justice John McMahon is scheduled to pronounce sentence on Oct. 7.In April, 2007, seven months after Project Tandem ended , Constable Frank Dean Rudge, 44, of Niagara Regional Police, was arrested and charged with breach of trust.Suspended with pay on a $30,000 surety and required to surrender all his police gear, including his service pistol, Constable Rudge is midway through a preliminary hearing, set to resume in December, which will determine whether there is sufficient evidence to send him to trial.Constable Rudge was arrested at the Port Colborne police station where he worked. At his bail hearing, according to news reports at the time, he was ordered to stay away from members of the Hells Angels.Prior to his arrest, he had spent 21 years with the Niagara force.


You Might Also Like :


0 comments:

LinkWithin

Related Posts with Thumbnails