Judge rejects bail for reputed Hells Angels member


Quebec Court Judge Éric Downs won’t set bail for a member of the Hells Angels facing gangsterism charges.

Downs rejected a bail motion from Salvatore Cazzetta’s lawyers Tuesday, claiming that releasing the 62-year-old would undermine public trust in the judiciary system. Downs also said the motion didn’t meet the burden of proof required to outweigh potential security risks associated with releasing the accused.

Cazzetta was rounded up alongside 47 others last year during a raid that targeted organized crime in and around Montreal. The police operation also targeted members of the Red Devils and Nomads gang.

At the time, investigators referred to Cazzetta as a senior member of the Hells Angels biker gang.

Cazzetta was charged with working for the benefit of a criminal organization, conspiracy to traffic narcotics and possession of stolen property in excess of $5,000. The Crown later dropped the narcotics charges.

The preliminary hearing for Cazzetta is slated for Feb. 6, 2017.

Tuesday’s ruling comes two weeks after a judge in a separate trial dropped gangsterism and other charges against Cazzetta. Justice James Brunton tossed out the charges — stemming from a 2009 arrest — because of a series of delays in the trial.