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Photos of the people and places featured in Kim Bolan’s “Inside the Angels.”

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  • Micheal Plante infiltrated Hells Angels.jpg
    Micheal Plante, who infiltrated the Hells Angels in East Vanouver, is pictured in late 2012. He lives under an unknown name in an undisclosed location. Darren Calabrese, Postmedia News.
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    Former police agent Micheal Plante is pictured in late 2012. Darren Calabrese, Postmedia News.
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    Former police agent Micheal Plante is pictured in late 2012. His infiltration of the Hells Angels in
    East Vancouver helped break the East End biker gang. Darren Calabrese, Postmedia News.
  • Nima Ghavami and Ronaldo Lising.jpg
    Nima Ghavami (left), a Hells Angel associate, and Ronaldo Lising, a full-patch Hells Angel, were both charged in Project E-Pandora, based on evidence gathered by police agent Micheal Plante. Lising was convicted; the charges against Ghavami were eventually stayed. Handout photo.
  • 2005 E-Pandora bust
    A small portion of the drugs, guns and money seized from the Hells Angels East End chapter were displayed for the media at RCMP E Division headquarters Monday, July 18, 2005. The Joint Forces Organized Crime investigation, called Project E-Pandora, resulted in 12 men linked to the Hells Angels being convicted. PNG Staff.
  • 2005 E-Pandora bust
    A small portion of the drugs, guns and money seized from the Hell's Angels East End Chapter were displayed for the media at RCMP E Division headquarters Monday, July 18, 2005. The Joint Forces Organized Crime investigation, called Project E-Pandora, resulted in 12 men linked to the Hells Angels being convicted. PNG Staff.
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    Former associate of the East End Hells Angels Nima Ghavami (right) and his lawyer Don Morrison (left) walk out of B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver, September 11, 2006. (E-Pandora charges against Ghavami were later stayed.) PNG staff.
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    Then Hells Angel Lloyd (Louie) Robinson is pictured outside the clubhouse on East Georgia after it was raided on July 15, 2005. Robinson is no longer a Hells Angel. PNG staff.
  • David Giles
    David Francis Giles, former member of the East End Hells Angels chapter, pictured in an undated handout photo. He is now vice-president of the Kelowna chapter and is facing new drug conspiracy charges.
  • Richard Conway
    Richard Conway, member of the Vancouver Hells Angels chapter at the time of E-Pandora in 2005, pictured in an undated police surveillance photo.
  • Jason Arkinstall
    Undated mug shot of Jason Cyrus Arkinstall, a Hells Angels associate at the time of the RCMP's E-Pandora investigation. Handout photo.
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    Burnaby RCMP search a house at 4118 East Pender on July 15, 2005 as part of the E-Pandora operation. PNG files.
  • John Bryce
    John Bryce, President of the East End chapter of the Hells Angels, is pictured on July 16, 2005, reviewing the damage that resulted from the police raid of the club's premises at 3594 East Georgia in Vancouver. PNG files.
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    John Bryce, President of the East End chapter of the Hells Angels, is pictured on July 16, 2005, reviewing the damage that resulted from the police raid of the club's premises at 3594 East Georgia in Vancouver. PNG files.
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    A door with damage caused during a police raid on the Hells Angels' East End chapter is pictured on July 16, 2005. The club's premises at 3594 East Georgia in Vancouver were searched as part of the E-Pandora operation. PNG files.
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    The exercise room at the East End chapter of the Hells Angels premises at 3594 East Georgia in Vancouver, pictured on July 16, 2005. PNG files.
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    A man stands in the doorway of the East End chapter of the Hells Angels on July 16, 2005. Damage to the door resulted from a police raid on the club's premises at 3594 East Georgia in Vancouver on July 15.
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    John Bryce, President of the East End chapter of the Hells Angels, is pictured on July 16, 2005, surveying damage that resulted from a police raid on the clubhouse at 3594 East Georgia a day before.
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    From left: John Punko, Micheal Plante and Randy Potts. Handout photo.
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    The Hells Angels insignia adorns the door of the East End chapter on July 16, 2005. The damage visible in the background resulted from a police raid of the premises at 3594 East Georgia in Vancouver one day earlier. PNG files.
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    A motorcycle is pictured on July 16, 2005, at the East End chapter of the Hells Angels, 3594 East Georgia in Vancouver. Damage done to some of the windows behind resulted from a police raid of the premises at 3594 East Georgia in Vancouver one day earlier. PNG files.
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    A motorcycle is pictured on July 16, 2005, parked outside the East End chapter of the Hells Angels at 3594 East Georgia in Vancouver.
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    From left: Nima Ghavani, Ryan Renaud and Micheal Plante. E-Pandora charges against Ghavami were later stayed. Renaud was convicted of conspiracy to traffic meth in E-Pandora.
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    The East End Hells Angels pictured in an undated photo police seized during the raid in July 2005.
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    From left: Rob Alvarez, Louie Robinson, Micheal Plante and Randy Potts. Robinson and Potts have since left the Hells Angels.
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    Micheal Plante (second from left), pictured with two unidentified women and Ronaldo Lising, a member of the East End Hells Angels who's since moved to the Nomads.
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    From left: Louie Robinson, Rob Alvarez and Micheal Plante.

9 Comments

  • David

    30 Jan 2013 12:01 am

    The government should pass laws banning the precursor chemicals used to make this garbage , like they did with Quaaludes , which basically disappeared.
    cocaine and methamphetamine are destroying our society & those who try to make profits needs to be held accountable with stiff long harsh jail time.People go out of their minds on that stuff! The bad thing about Meth and cocaine to is that its hold is so powerful that if someone showed up at 2am needing that drug really bad and they were ten dollars short! Well they don’t say come by tomorrow and pay it, so they will go to what is closest and break in and steal something of value, and maybe end up hurting someone in the process! Those convicted on selling this garbage should be servicing the rest of there natural life in a prison cell.I wish each hard drug pusher could live a moment in everyone’s live your actions have caused torment to, and see how sane you are at the end of it. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could file a civil suit against pain and suffering against the Hells Angels Drug Dealing club members.

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    • Keep quiet

      01 Feb 2013 02:02 am

      Lets start with tobacco and alcohol. They have caused more pain and suffering legally.

  • Carlos Franklin

    30 Jan 2013 10:01 pm

    Fascinating series of articles. It’s unfortunate that the Sun was too cheap to shell out for an editor, as while the content (i.e., the journalism) is excellent, the writing is very poor, and reads like a bad first draft.

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    • Carlo

      01 Feb 2013 01:02 am

      Yes, finally a good expose on gang crime in Vancouver. First time in a while I picked up a daily copy to follow a single story. Need more stories like this in the future. Let's put more focus on the other gangs next time, instead of just the HA.

  • FritoLays

    31 Jan 2013 11:01 am

    The person criticizing the writing here sounds like a Hells Angels fan desperate to lash out. I’ve not seen a more daring, incisive, edge of the seat series in a long time. Kim, I fear for your safety, but I’m glad you don’t. You’re making my city safer.

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    • Carlo

      01 Feb 2013 01:02 am

      I fear for your safety??? Oh stop your pandering! Kim Bolan is not in any danger. She's a journalist chronicling a story

  • Carlos Franklin

    31 Jan 2013 11:01 pm

    HI FritoLays,

    Not at all, I feel safer with fewer around. I noted that the journalism was excellent, so please don’t twist my words. If you had read my very short post accurately, it would lend your position credibly, but you failed to do so. My point was simply – and only – that the writing quality failed to do justice to the content. But you didn’t notice that, consistent with your failure to notice the problems in the writing. A high-school reading comprehension class would help you with both.

    I don’t expect journalists to be great writers (their key role is to get a good story, as Kim did); the next step is to have an editor polish the text so that it reads well. The article was clearly not edited, or not edited at all well.

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    • FritoLays

      01 Feb 2013 11:02 am

      I read your entire comment, Carlos, I just thought it was idiotic. You'd be the guy reading Hemingway, circling a semi-colon and sending the page back to the publisher with a note criticizing the editor of the book for not catching it.
      Try to maybe enjoy a piece of work that far outweighs anything you've brought into the world, one that put several people at risk to tell an incredible story and maybe might leave the world a better place, rather than crashing in at the end in a Kanye West-like attempt to insert yourself into someone elses glory.
      "I'ma let you finish in a second, but the editing here was the worst. Hunter S. Thompson's Hell's Angels book was the best of all time!" -- Carlos.

  • Keep quiet

    01 Feb 2013 02:02 am

    It was worth 1M but that 500k he went through pretty fast. Now he needs the remaining 500k to last the rest of his life hiding.

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