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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Confidential Police Memos pop up in a raid against Hells Angels


Hells Angels raid turned up confidential police memos

Credits: AGENCE QMI
SARAH FERGUSON | QMI AGENCY
WELLAND -- Testimony continued in a courtroom Tuesday into the retrial of a former Niagara Regional Police officer accused of leaking information to the Hells Angels.Several officers involved in an investigation and execution of a search warrant of several Hells Angels members were called to testify in the case.
Former Niagara Regional Police Const. Frank Dean Rudge pleaded not guilty to breach of trust for allegedly releasing confidential police information from the Port Colborne detachment to the Niagara chapter of the biker gang.
Rudge fell under suspicion when the NRP intelligence branch learned the Hells Angels possessed confidential police documents about the rival Outlaws Motorcycle Club as well as their plans to reopen a St. Catharines chapter.
Rudge was charged following a provincewide raid in 2006.
The officer denied allegations against him at his first trial, claiming a third party stole the documents from the detachment.
Rudge was acquitted in 2010 but the Court of Appeal ordered the case be retried.
Justice Peter Hambly presided over the proceedings Tuesday which saw Crown prosecutor Robin Flummerfelt call upon five witnesses during the second day of the trial.
Several key witnesses identified items such as confidential police documents, names and contact information of members of Hells Angels chapters across Canada as well as $320,000 in cash having been found in the garage of a home belonging to a member of the Hells Angels during the 2006 raid.
Flummerfelt explored the possibility the Hells Angels could have come into possession of the police documents by an unknown third party who may have broken into the Port Colborne detachment when he questioned Brian Richardson of the Niagara Regional Police.
Between 2005 to 2008, Richardson served as a staff sergeant at the Port Colborne detachment. He testified that the police building is secured by a entry system requiring an access number.
During each shift there are a minimum number of officers and a staff sergeant on duty, and that during the night shift the Port Colborne detachment sees "a steady flow" of officers in and out while performing their duties, he said.
The trial continues.
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