Nine people charged following investigation linked to Hells Angels and drug trafficking

April 25, 2018
Bathurst, New Brunswick

News release

Eight men and one woman, all from New Brunswick, appeared in Bathurst Provincial Court on April 25, 2018 and were charged in relation to a drug trafficking investigation by the RCMP New Brunswick Federal and Serious Organized Crime Unit.

The arrests were made on April 24 and 25 in various locations in northeastern New Brunswick.

The following individuals appeared in court;

Marcel Friolet, 58, Allardville, N.B., Éric Degrâce, 43, Évangéline, N.B. and Danny Smith, 45, Allardville, N.B. have each been charged with:

  • Commission of offence for criminal organization
  • Instructing commission of offence for criminal organization
  • Conspiracy to traffic in cocaine
  • Trafficking in cocaine
  • Conspiracy to possess cocaine for the purpose of trafficking
  • Possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking
  • Laundering proceeds of crime
  • Possession of the proceeds of crime

Julie Michaud, 35, Allardville, N.B. has been charged with:

  • Conspiracy to traffic in cocaine
  • Trafficking in cocaine
  • Conspiracy to possess cocaine for the purpose of trafficking
  • Possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking
  • Laundering proceeds of crime
  • Possession of the proceeds of crime

Éric Doucet, 40, and John Watson, 55, both from Allardville, N.B. have each been charged with:

  • Commission of offence for criminal organization
  • Trafficking in cocaine
  • Possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking
  • Laundering proceeds of crime
  • Possession of the proceeds of crime

Daniel Duguay, 58, Saint-Irénée-et-Alderwood, N.B. and Jason Poirier, 40, Inkerman, N.B. have each been charged with:

  • Trafficking in cocaine
  • Possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking

Gabriel Friolet, 65, Allardville, N.B. has been charged with:

  • Laundering proceeds of crime
  • Possession of the proceeds of crime

Marcel Friolet, Éric Degrâce and Danny Smith have all been remanded in custody until their next court appearance on April 30 at 1:30 pm.

Julie Michaud, Éric Doucet, John Watson, Jason Poirier, Daniel Duguay and Gabriel Friolet have been released on conditions and are scheduled to return to court on May 28.

The investigation into the trafficking of cocaine on the Acadian Peninsula and in Restigouche, Madawaska and Victoria counties started in November of 2016. Over the course of the investigation police seized approximately $900,000 in cash and approximately 5.5 kilograms of cocaine. Investigators determined that the drugs were linked back to the Hells Angels in Québec.

Those arrested are not members of the Hells Angels outlaw motorcycle gang but police believe, through the course of their investigation, are linked to outlaw motorcycle gangs in New Brunswick and Québec.

The RCMP investigation, with assistance from the Edmundston Police Force, took place simultaneously as a Sûreté du Québec investigation into outlaw motorcycle groups but was a separate investigation. The two police agencies did share information during the course of their investigations.

The RCMP in New Brunswick continues to work collaboratively with other law enforcement agencies and the province of New Brunswick to disrupt and dismantle organized crime groups that are harming our communities with illegal activities.

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Contact information

Cpl. Jullie Rogers-Marsh
RCMP New Brunswick
506-452-4252

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