|Normand Robitaille’s ascension within the Hells Angels while the biker gang was at war with rival gangs like the Rock Machine, between 1994 and 2002, revealed he was a very active participant in the conflict that claimed more than 160 lives.|
Beginning in 1995, he went from being a member of the Rockers (an underling gang that did the dirty work for the Hells Angels’ Nomads chapter) to becoming a full-patch member of the chapter in 1998.
|He was arrested in 2001, along with most of the Nomads chapter and the Rockers, in a police crackdown. The investigation, dubbed Operation Springtime, revealed the Nomads chapter generated $111 million in revenue from drug trafficking between March 30, 1999, to Dec. 19, 2000.|
In 2003, when Robitaille, now 47, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder, drug trafficking and gangsterism, he was left with a 15-year prison term to serve. The sentence was increased to 17 years, in 2005 after a Quebec Superior Court judge ruled Robitaille used a company to launder money made from drug trafficking by investing in buildings in Quebec.
|When he reached his statutory release date (the two-thirds mark of his sentence), on Jan. 22, 2015, Robitaille already had a job waiting for him. The parole board ordered that Robitaille reside at a halfway house while he worked as a means to monitor him. |
According to the most recent parole board decision made concerning Robitaille’s release, he collaborates with his parole officer but has become so busy in his business activities “they have taken on a proportion that has become impossible to monitor.”