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Hells Angel Ian Grant gets 15 years

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A Manitoba outlaw biker caught in a massive undercover police investigation was sentenced to 15 years in prison this afternoon.

Ian Grant will serve an additional two years behind bars if he doesn't pay a $118,800 fine. The money represents profits he reaped from selling three kilograms of cocaine and crystal meth to a police agent.

Grant's overall sentence will be reduced by the credit he received of 30 months spent in custody. But it still represents one of the biggest ever dished out in Manitoba for drug crimes.

Queen's Bench Justice John Scurfield also confiscated $63,000 in cash found inside Grant's safety deposit box, saying there's no question it was illegally obtained.

Grant was seeking to keep at least part of that money, claiming it had nothing to do with crime.

Grant was convicted by a jury earlier this month of eight criminal charges including drug trafficking, extortion and possession of proceeds of crime.

The Crown was seeking between 18 and 21 years for Grant, plus another three years in prison if he didn't pay his fine.

Defence lawyer Ian Garber made his submission this morning and said a total eight-year sentence would be sufficient.

Despite being sentenced, Grant's case is far from over.

He is expected to file an immediate appeal of his conviction based on alleged errors made by the Crown, judge and police officers during the two-month trial.

Grant is the ninth person to be convicted following a year-long undercover investigation that involved a paid informant.

Franco Atanasovic, a career criminal, received $525,000 to infiltrate the Hells Angels by conducting a series of drug buys that were caught on audio and video surveillance.

Four other accused - including Hells presidents Ernie Dew - remain before the courts.

mike.mcintyre@freepress.mb.ca
www.mikeoncrime.com

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 17, 2007 $sourceSection$sourcePage

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