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A longtime member of the Hells Angels in Quebec has been charged with failing to declare to customs officials how much money he was carrying into Canada when he returned to the country earlier this year.

Richard (Dick) Mayrand, 58, was charged at a Montreal courthouse this week following an RCMP investigation. The alleged crime took place in Montreal on February 28, and Mayrand was arraigned in September.

He is alleged to have violated a section of Canada’s Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act. The indictment alleges “non-declaration by customs officials of the import of cash for an amount equal to or greater than the regulatory amount, with such a declaration.” A maximum fine of $250,000 or up to two years in prison.

This is the first time Mayrand has been charged with an offense since Operation Spring in 2001, when he and many other members of the Hells Angels Nomads branch and the drug-trafficking network that operated under their leadership were arrested and charged with conspiring to sell such drugs , like cocaine, and eliminate their enemies in what became known as the Quebec Biker Gang War.

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