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Police sweep Hells Angels in three countries

Police targeted more than 150 Canadians linked to the Hells Angels motorcycle club in pre-dawn raids Wednesday in Canada's Quebec province, the Dominican Republic and France.

Some 1,200 policemen armed with 177 warrants set out to arrest 156 people, including 111 members of five Quebec Hells Angels chapters, for various drug crimes, homicides and attempted murders from 1992 and 2009, said police.

Five Hells Angels's bunkers were also seized in the raids.

The operation aimed to "put an end to the Hells Angels criminal activities in Quebec," Quebec provincial police said in a statement. A press conference would be held Thursday.

In the 1990s, nearly 160 people were killed in Quebec biker wars for control for the illicit drug trade and prostitution, that pitted the Hells Angels against the Rock Machine.

The Hells Angels reportedly prevailed in the eight-year struggle by eliminating their rivals.

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Date:Apr 15, 2009
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