|The Hells Angels have shuttered their elite Nomads chapter outside Ottawa, just a month after hosting the "Canada Run" a national gathering of outlaw bikers held once every four years. |
“It’s closed,” Det.-Staff Sgt. Len Isnor, head of the provincial biker enforcement unit, said on Tuesday. “There is no Nomads chapter.” The Nomads are considered an elite group of bikers without territorial boundaries. There were about a dozen of them in Ontario.
|Nomads clubhouse was on Piperville Road, formerly 5416 8th Line Rd.|
|Martin Bernatchez, head of the Nomads chapter of the Hells Angels in Ontario was shot three times in August. In mid-April, the vice president, Phil Boudreault, was also targeted by a gunman while riding his bike in Lachute. He was seriously injured with a punctured lung and a bullet fragment that had lodged near his spine.|
Reportedly, the assassination attempts may be controlled internally within the group of bikers. "Members in good standing arrested during the operation SharQc came out of prison", said a source. "It may be that they want to regain control of territory and they take this means to get there." In late June, the brother of Martin Bernatchez, Marc, also a member of the Hells Angels Nomads, was arrested in Granby as part of a major police operation against a drug trafficking network.
|Phil Boudreault, Martin Bernatchez at funeral of Lionel Deschamps|
|Former Ontario Nomads’ president Paul Porter quit the club after he was paroled in 2014 after serving time for cocaine trafficking.|
The Piperville Road clubhouse remains the home base for four chapters of the Red Devils, a Hells Angels puppet club.