Drug transaction idea a ruse, Hells Angel MC member testifies
SASKATCHEWAN, CANADA ( December 7, 2016) — A Hells Angel
on trial in Saskatoon for one count of drug trafficking testified Wednesday he
led a police informant on about the idea of a cocaine deal so he could continue
receiving opioids to feed his addiction.
Rob Allen’s trial began Monday in Saskatoon’s Court of
Queen’s Bench after the 36-year-old was arrested as part of the January 2015
Project Forseti raids in Saskatchewan and Alberta. He was one of 14 people
Noel Harder, who officially signed up to be a police
snitch in the case in December 2014, testified during day one of the trial. He
said in 2014 he and Allen were planning to move one kilogram of cocaine to
Saskatoon from the Hells Angels MC in Ontario.
Harder would sell the cocaine,
and although Allen would never be in direct contact with the drugs, he would
receive a $5,000 cut, according to Harder.
Hells Angel member in Canada
When Allen took the stand Wednesday, he testified he had
no intention of moving any cocaine to Saskatoon. He said Harder approached him
about the deal. The ideas behind the price, suppliers and Allen’s cut came from
“He was constantly asking me to bring drugs in,” Allen
said while under cross-examination.
He testified he went along with Harder’s plan because he
feared losing his connection to receiving opioids.
Allen was prescribed OxyContin for a back injury in 2012
and eventually became addicted, he testified. He spent between $1,000 and
$2,000 a month on OxyContin and Fentanyl, and bought it exclusively from Harder
and two of Harder’s associates.
He shook the addiction after his arrest last year and is
no longer dependent on opioids, he said. While Harder was under cross-examination, defense lawyer
Morris Bodnar asked why it took about nine months to discuss a drug deal that
Harder also said police instructed him to target about 30
people, including Allen and other Hells Angels members, in the Project Forseti
investigation. At the time he was the vice-president of the Fallen
Saints, a group police describe as a puppet club of the Hells Angels.
Harder said he was instructed numerous times by police to
meet with Allen to discuss the cocaine deal. When they met, their conversations
were being recorded, but other times Allen didn’t make himself available.
Text messages between Allen and Harder were also
intercepted and Harder testified the two often spoke in code when discussing
illegal activities. Allen said he was just humoring Harder, even going as far
as writing on a sticky note the cocaine would arrive at a certain time on a
certain day, which never happened.
Court also heard Harder was offered a $300,000 reward for
his work in Project Forseti as well as a living allowance, which he still
Defence lawyer Morris Bodnar said prosecutor Douglas
Curliss spoke with Harder during breaks in proceedings Tuesday, which he argued
Curliss asked Bodnar to apologize and withdraw the
complaint Wednesday, citing case law saying it’s appropriate for a prosecutor
to speak with a client outside of examination-in-chief.
While Bodnar did not apologize or withdraw the complaint,
Justice Grant Currie ruled in Curliss’s favour, saying the prosecutor didn’t
Cross-examination of Allen is expected to continue