Brian Cantera, officer in charge of the RCMP drug enforcement branch in BC hold up a photo up of Hells Angels member Brian Oldham wanted on a Canada Wide Warrant during a press conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, Monday August 27, 2012.
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VANCOUVER - The reputation of BC's Hells Angels has been "tarnished" among the international criminal community following the arrest earlier this week of senior members, a criminologist says.
Darryl Plecas, director of the Centre for Criminal Justice Research at the University of the Fraser Valley, said other criminal organizations will think twice before getting into business with members of the motorcycle club.
"It says to outsiders they're not as insulated as people who deal with them might want," he said.
"Once you start showing that there's cracks in (their organization), then people are more apt to say, ‘Well, why would I do business with you? I ask risk getting caught. I risk losing drugs. I risk losing money.'"
Brian Oldham, a sergeant-at-arms for the outlaw motorcycle club's Kelowna chapter, will remain locked up until at least Sept. 5 after a judge adjourned his bail hearing Wednesday morning after he turned himself in to Burnaby Mounties on Tuesday.
On Monday, RCMP said they put a dent in the Hells Angels' drug operations across B.C. following weekend busts that confiscated $4 million in alleged drug money and charges against eight people, including Oldham. He was not arrested at the time of the busts and a Canada-wide warrant was issued for his arrest.