Saturday, October 31, 2015

Farmer alleges he was charged after refusing to rat out Hells Angels

A farmer who alleges he was criminally charged and thrown in jail after refusing to be an informant against the Hells Angels has filed a $6.5-million lawsuit against the Ontario Provincial Police and the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre. Ian Conklin spent more than three years in jail before a judge stayed all the charges against him in June 2014 after a federal Crown prosecutor acknowledged there was no reasonable prospect of a conviction against him.
Conklin had been charged with conspiring to traffic cocaine with a senior member of the Hells Angels, possessing property for benefit of a criminal organization and possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.

He was arrested in January 2010 as part of a project by the OPP’s biker enforcement unit that led to the seizure of drugs and guns and lengthy prison sentences for Hells Angel Mario “Five Cent” Sincennes and his other top lieutenants.

HA Mario "Five Cent" Sincennes
By January 2010, the OPP asked Conklin to testify against the Hells Angels but Conklin wouldn’t, given the threats, home invasion, arson and lack of police assistance. The lead investigator in the case told him he’d be charged if he didn’t co-operate.

Conklin refused, and 12 days later police raided his house. Conklin remained in hiding until his arrest five months later, which led to his placement in the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre.