The OPP Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau is taking the opportunity to remind attendees of Friday the 13th activities in Port Dover they may be unwittingly supporting known organized crime groups.
The OPP has concerns for motorcycle enthusiasts attending this event as tensions between members of the Outlaws Motorcycle Gang and Hells Angels Motorcycle Club have been mounting. Police say seemingly harmless activities like purchasing and wearing support gear or participating in charitable activities organized by these gangs directly fuel further illegal activities such as drug trafficking, violence and intimidation, and human trafficking. Friday the 13th is an opportunity for the criminal element to syphon huge profits from this large gathering. The OPP warn the public that the open display or wearing of any recognized gang-related clothing or paraphernalia may put them at risk of being targeted by rival outlaw motorcycle gang members this weekend.
“It is well known that Friday the 13th events in Port Dover attract the vast majority of law abiding motorcycle enthusiasts and their followers along with those who live and promote a lifestyle outside of the laws of Canada,” says Chief Superintendent John Sullivan, Commander of the OPP Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau.
“We need everyone to clearly understand both the immediate risks and the longer term community safety threats that outlaw motorcycle gang members present. The last thing we want is someone unintentionally getting caught in the middle for simply wearing the wrong t-shirt or ball cap.”
The OPP will have a highly visible police presence in and around Port Dover with a heavy focus on traffic flow and direction throughout the event to ensure everyone’s safety.