A manager at a maximum-security federal prison in Ontario who was caught smuggling a substantial quantity of drugs last year, in a scheme apparently orchestrated by the Hells Angels biker gang, has been found dead. David Martin, 47, of Kingston, Ontario died Sunday, August 21. An obituary published by his family said only that Martin died “unexpectedly at home.” Kingston Police would not answer questions. Asked if detectives are investigating Martin’s death, spokeswoman Joanne Geike told me that she could not provide any information.
Corrections Canada says it’s not legally liable for injuries suffered by an imprisoned outlaw biker because he was exercising with a makeshift barbell built with bags of water. The claim is contained in a statement of defence filed last week in a Kingston court in response to a lawsuit launched in May by Carl Thomas Bursey, who is behind bars at Kingston Penitentiary for drug dealing. The Bandidos outlaw bike gang member (symbolized by the Fat Mexican wielding a gun and a machete) is suing the federal government for $5 million, claiming he suffered a crippling injury because he got substandard medical care from prison staff after he hurt himself while exercising.
(UPDATED AUGUST 5: Police announced today that they charged David Martin, 46, of Kingston, with 7 counts of possession of drugs for the purpose of trafficking. He’s a supervisor in Millhaven’s institutional services department. Corrections says he’s suspended without pay.)
The Hells Angels outlaw biker gang and corrupt staff are behind a surge in the flow of illegal drugs pouring into one of Canada’s toughest federal prisons near Kingston, Ontario. Sources tell me the Angels appear to have co-opted a civilian staff member at maximum-security Millhaven penitentiary near Kingston into hauling large loads of dope, primarily marijuana, into the prison, which houses gang members, bikers and killers. The Angels may be looking for payback, after one shipment of drugs, worth $92,000 was intercepted.
That insult, hurled by killer biker Marcelo Aravena (inset) at the jury that convicted him today of seven counts of first-degree murder, was no small slight. It’s one of the most offensive slurs among rounders – regulars in the criminal subculture. Aravena was one of six men convicted in one of Ontario’s worst mass murders, the April 8, 2006 slaughter of eight members of the Bandidos motorcycle gang on a farm near London. The victims, who had been shot, were found stuffed into several vehicles.