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Hell to Pay: Hells Angels vs. the Million-Dollar Rat by Neal Hall

Michael Plante, a low-level Hells Angels dog's body in Vancouver, is arrested for extortion in 2003. Coincidentally, police intercept a boat carrying cocaine from Colombia to Vancouver, a shipment arranged by the East End chapter of Vancouver's Hells Angels. The cops need to send someone inside to gather evidence that can be used to arrest and convict the gang. Plante does not want to go to jail. He cuts a deal, and so begins a descent into the nightmare of going undercover in the Hells Angels. The stakes are high. The East End chapter of the Hells Angels is one of the richest in the world. The cops need clear and substantial evidence that will hold up in court to convict four prominent members of the East End chapter-Ronaldo Lising, Randy Potts, John Virgil Punko, and Jean Joseph Violette-on weapons charges and extortion, and of committing crimes in association with, or for the benefit of, a criminal organization. Plante is guaranteed $500,000 for his role in Project E-Pandora, plus another $500,000 at the conclusion of the trials. When he signs the agreement, he says he was signing his death warrant. The police investigation takes two years at a cost of $10 million. In June 2005, the police begin rounding up bikers and their associates, raiding clubhouses in east Vancouver and Kelowna, carting away boxes of material, computers and even the Hells Angels' most prized possessions-leather vests emblazoned with the Hells Angels patches. Plante soon learns how slowly the justice system moves as it prepares to prosecute the Hells Angels members arrested. The high-profile and highly paid defence lawyers win applications to sever the indictment into a number of trials, meaning that Plante will face months on the witness stand under heavy grilling as the defence teams try to discredit him, accusing him of committing illegal activity such as drug dealing and transporting illegal weapons. Much is riding on the trials: Plante's life and livelih

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About Neal Hall

Neal Hall is an award-winning reporter at the Vancouver Sun, where he has been a rock music critic, feature writer and crime reporter. He grew up in Vancouver's east end.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments. List of Principal Characters. Introduction. 1. The Cops Snare a Rat. 2. "I signed my life away ... " 3. An Official Friend. 4. The Business of Murder. 5. Our Missing Friend. 6. The K-Town Crew. 7. The Roundup. 8. The First E-Pandora Court Case. 9. Criminal Organization, Round One. 10. Criminal Organization, Round Two. 11. "He had the balls to strap on a wire ... " Index.

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Hell to Pay: Hells Angels vs. the Million-Dollar Rat by Neal Hall
Neal Hall
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John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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