A member of the Hells Angels outlaw motorcycle club from Ontario has pleaded guilty to drug-related charges in Nova Scotia.
Mark David Heickert, 50, of Orillia pleaded guilty last week in Dartmouth provincial court to three charges: conspiracy to traffic cocaine, conspiracy to possess proceeds of crime and breaching his release conditions by having contact with members of the Hells Angels or affiliated clubs.
Heickert and an Eastern Shore man – Paul Francis Monahan of Ostrea Lake – were arrested in November 2017 following a nine-month police investigation that included undercover officers.
RCMP executed search warrants at homes in Ostrea Lake and Orillia and at the Hells Angels clubhouse in Musquodoboit Harbour.
Officers allegedly seized two kilograms of cocaine, a sawed-off shotgun, a large quantity of cash, outlaw motorcycle gang paraphernalia, cellphones and electronics from the homes and a small quantity of hashish and marijuana, pills, gang paraphernalia, cellphones, electronics and cash from the clubhouse.
Police said Monahan is a “hang-around” member of the New Brunswick Nomads Hells Angels chapter and Heickert is a full-patch member of the Hells Angels chapter in Oshawa, Ont.
Monahan, 53, pleaded guilty this April to trafficking marijuana, conspiracy to traffic cocaine and conspiracy to possess proceeds of crime.
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According to court documents, Monahan committed the trafficking offence between February and July 2017. The conspiracy offences occurred between March and November of that year.
Heickert breached his release conditions this March while he was in Dartmouth for a court appearance.
The men will return to court in August for a sentencing hearing.
Crown attorney Mike Taylor said lawyers might have a joint recommendation for Monahan, but Heickert’s sentencing will be contested.
Heickert is free on $10,000 cash bail, while Monahan posted $7,000 with the court to secure his release.