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Thursday, 21 July 2011

influential leader of one of the city’s more notorious Syndicate street gang was granted a release from a penitentiary

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man considered to be the influential leader of one of the city’s more notorious street gangs was granted a release from a penitentiary Thursday despite having violated a conditional release by meeting with a fellow convict on the outside.

Dany (Lou) Cadet-Sprinces, 40, appeared before the National Parole Board Thursday at the Leclerc penitentiary to answer questions about why he met with another gang member, who was out on parole, in April. Cadet-Sprinces was released from a penitentiary on May 17, 2010, after he reached the statutory release date, the two-thirds mark, on his sentence of more than five years. The meeting was reported to Correctional Service Canada and he was returned behind bars on May 2 of this year.

Cadet-Sprinces, the head of the Syndicate street gang, told two parole board members who presided over his hearing Thursday that he did indeed meet with the convict (whose name is not mentioned in a written summary of the hearing). But Cadet-Sprinces claimed the meeting was not planned and that the person sat down at a table with him for 20 minutes after they met by chance.

The board noted that Cadet-Sprinces followed his other conditions well by taking courses and finding a part-time job before he was returned to a penitentiary in May. He said Thursday he plans to resume his studies and return to the same job. The board determined that, all things considered, releasing Cadet-Sprinces again did not pose an unacceptable risk to society. He was warned that if he violated another condition, his statutory release would be officially revoked.

Cadet-Sprinces was a member of the Syndicate when the gang was created, in 1999, as a sub-group of the Hells Angels during the bloodiest part of a drug trafficking war. He assumed the leadership of the gang after its founder Gregory Wooley, 39, a close associate of the Hells Angels, was arrested in 2000.

Cadet-Sprinces was first arrested in May 2006, in a large-scale investigation dubbed Operation Fusion, along with several influential members of the Hells Angels who controlled much of the drug trafficking in downtown Montreal.

He pleaded guilty on Oct. 2006 to drug trafficking, conspiracy and committing a crime for the benefit of a criminal organization, and was sentenced to a 4-year prison term.

While he was still serving that sentence at a penitentiary in Laval, Cadet-Sprinces was arrested again, on Feb. 10, 2009, as the Montreal police carried out Project Axe, an investigation that focused, in part, on the people who took over from the members of the Syndicate and Hells Angels who were arrested in Operation Fusion.

Project Axe revealed that even though Wooley and Cadet-Sprinces were serving time in federal penitentiaries, both were receiving monthly payments of up to $10,000 from the people who assumed control of their drug trafficking turf.

On May 13, 2010, Cadet-Sprinces pleaded guilty to being in possession of the proceeds of crime and a related gangsterism charge. He was sentenced to a 21-month sentence, but that was folded into his existing sentence which was extended to 5 years and four months.

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