|A lawyer for a senior member of the Hells Angels in B.C. admits his client intended to traffic 200 kilograms of cocaine in Canada, but questions whether David Giles intended to import the drugs.|
The admission was made by Paul Gill, during final submissions at Giles’s trial in B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver on Monday. Giles, vice-president of the Kelowna chapter of the motorcycle club, was charged along with seven other members or associates of the Hells Angels in a major conspiracy to import and traffic in cocaine. In his final arguments, Gill told B.C. Supreme Court Justice Carol Ross that Giles definitely had a desire and an intention to traffic the 200 kg once they arrived in Canada, but had no underlying plan for how to do so.
Kevin Van Kalkaren
|Gill argued that Giles did not agree to the extra 300 kg of cocaine, and that Giles talked about the quality of the drugs and the price, but nothing about the importation of the narcotics. The defence lawyer argued that the police “drove the narrative”.|
“My client at that time was ill. He was deeply in debt. He was broke. He’d been essentially doing nothing for years. He spent most of the previous decade in court defending himself.” During his submissions, Gill also criticized Van Kalkeren, calling him a serial liar.