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Local Hells Angels boss gets 11 years

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The former president of the local Hells Angels was given a 11-year prison sentence this morning for running a lucrative cocaine operation in the city.

Dale Sweeney showed no emotion as Justice Richard Saull handed down the sentence, which was the result of a plea bargain between defence and Crown counsel.

Sweeney was one of 11 suspects arrested in March 2012 following a lengthy Winnipeg police investigation dubbed Project Flatline.

Sweeney pleaded guilty this morning to charges of trafficking cocaine and possession of proceeds of crime.

Sweeney admitted in court that he ran the sophisticated drug dealing operation, which saw between one and two kilograms of cocaine being sold every month on Winnipeg streets between May 2011 and February 2012.

Sweeney was buying the cocaine from suppliers in British Columbia and then handing it off to the Redlined Support Crew, the puppet gang of the Hells Angels, who turned the cocaine into crack cocaine and sold it in smaller amounts through street dealers.

Court was told the illegal operation was generating sales of more than $100,000 every month.

Sweeney was arrested in March 2012 at the airport as he was preparing to leave with his wife for a vacation to Jamaica.

Justice Saull gave Sweeney credit for the time he has served since his arrest, leaving him with 10 more years to serve. Sweeney will also have to serve four years before he is eligible for parole.

In addition to the prison sentence, the court seized Sweeney's family home on Autumnview Drive in Waverley West, several bank accounts which held more than $500,000, and two Harley Davidson motorcycles.

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