News Item: Bikers pose no threat
(Category: Biker News)
Posted by MJF
Sunday 05 October 2008 - 14:33:34

A new Rock Machine motorcycle club whose members turned up in Manitoba has no connection to the defunct group that waged a deadly war with the Hells Angels in Quebec, top gang experts say.

RCMP Staff Sgt. Mike McTaggart said the Rock Machine's Canadian chapter was formed by ex-Bandidos but isn't considered a threat right now because it's not large or organized enough.

"We believe they're in their initial start-up stages," said McTaggart, a member of the Winnipeg RCMP criminal intelligence section.

The Rock Machine's plans for a Canadian chapter made headlines after two Australian members were arrested at Winnipeg's airport Sept. 19.

The pair, Eneliko Sabine and Michael Xanthoudakis, claimed they were here for a fishing trip but authorities disputed their intentions. They will be deported.


McTaggart said they were travelling to Gimli, where they were supposed to meet three Canadian members -- from Calgary, Saskatchewan and Ontario -- for a "world run," albeit on a small scale.

He said the group rented two cabins and were spotted wearing their patches in a Gimli bar.

"The whole idea was to present themselves with their patches to become patched members," McTaggart said.

On its website, the Rock Machine claims members were gathering to celebrate one's engagement.

A Rock Machine spokesman previously told Sun Media the club has about 72 members and is not involved in crime.

RCMP are aware of one person in Manitoba who claims to be a member -- Ron Burling, a former Bandidos member from Winnipeg. Burling, 38, is behind bars at Stony Mountain Institution, serving 17 years for a kidnapping and home invasion.

A source previously told Sun Media that Burling would lead chapters in Western Canada.

McTaggart said Rock Machine members are courting members of the Mongols, a motorcycle gang with a history of violent clashes with the Hells Angels in the U.S.


The new Rock Machine members were part of the Bandidos but had no gang to call home after a mass slaying in Ontario in 2006, McTaggart said.

Eight Bandidos members were murdered and several others, including three from Winnipeg, have been in custody awaiting trial.

With the gang's roster depleted, the Bandidos' U.S. chapter scuttled plans for a new Canadian chapter, McTaggart said.

Not long after, speculation began about the resurrection of the Rock Machine.

McTaggart said it appears the newest members borrowed the name from the defunct Rock Machine, which was aligned with the Bandidos during a drug turf war with the Hells Angels in the late 1990s in Quebec, where more than 150 people were killed during a six-year period.

The Rock Machine folded when most of its remaining members were absorbed into the Bandidos in 2000 during a patch-over ceremony. Some defected to the Hells Angels.

This news item is from White Trash Networks
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