Arrested in August 2018, the Hells Angels Bernard “Ben” Plourde was sentenced on Wednesday to a seven-year prison sentence for having controlled, over a period of two years, the sale of narcotics in Saguenay Lac-Saint-Jean .
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Last week, the 56-year-old man who was apprehended as part of the Harmful 2 project led by the Sûreté du Québec pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy, cocaine trafficking and gangsterism, committed between August 2015 and November 2017.
Launched in 2014, the Nocif investigation led to the arrest of 24 people in connection with cocaine trafficking in the Saguenay region.
However, it was not until a member of the Deimos Crew North East school club, Pierre Beauchesne, turned his jacket over and became a collaborating witness that the operation gained in importance.
On Wednesday, the seven-year sentence imposed on Plourde was made jointly by Crown prosecutors Me Jean-Simon Larouche, Me Simon-Pierre Lavoie and defense lawyer Me Cristina Nedelcu.
In arriving at this suggestion, they took into account, among other things, the gradation of sentences since this is not the first time that the man has been brought before the Tribunal.
Before ratifying the sentence, Judge François Huot asked the accused if he wanted to speak, which the Hells refused to do.
“I have read your background, and I think it would be very useless to give you a long speech … You have a model of well-anchored life and I do not believe that my words will change anything” , said the magistrate to Plourde, attentive.
“On the other hand, it might be time for you to start thinking about ‘Freedom 55’. In our age, people think about retiring … Think about it … If only to avoid ending your days in prison. If you don’t do it for others, do it for yourself … ”added the judge before condemning the man.
As Plourde has been detained since his arrest, he has 45 months of detention to be served as of this date.