An elite chapter of the Hells Angels has indeed returned to the capital region, the Ontario Provincial Police confirm.
The Nomads have resumed operations in the same clubhouse on Piperville Road that they abandoned in 2016 in an abrupt disbanding of the Ottawa chapter.
The OPP could not say why the bikers have returned, but said they continue to monitor the outlaw motorcycle gang.
Radio-Canada reported this week that the Nomads had resurged in Ottawa since “violent in-fighting in the summer of 2016 forced them to lie low.”
Radio-Canada, citing anonymous police sources, reported that the “Ottawa-based Nomads chapter recently obtained a new charter from the Hells Angels, but will need to be careful not to encroach on territory ruled by Quebec Hells Angels.”
The OPP’s biker enforcement unit believes the comeback has been recent, with the Nomads returning to the area in the new year.
The chapter hasn’t had an official presence in Ottawa since August 2016, one month after hosting a national Angels convention that saw hundreds of confirmed members and supporters gather in the capital region. The chapter was then abruptly shut down by the Angels. The OPP, at the time, wouldn’t speculate about why the move was made.
Radio-Canada reported this week that disputed drug territory and profits created years of bad blood between the Sherbrooke Hells Angels in Quebec and the Ottawa Nomads. And that the Nomads disbanded when the Quebec chapter won out.
Recent estimates suggest there about 170 full-patch Angels in Ontario. About 100 others would be considered “hangarounds” and prospects.
The Ottawa-based Nomads were founded by Paul “Sasquatch” Porter, who led a mass defection from the Rock Machine during Quebec’s biker war, a bloody turf war that lasted nearly a decade from the mid-’90s to the early 2000s. Porter survived two assassination attempts.
In April 2016, just months before the Nomads were disbanded, Phillip Boudreault, the chapter’s vice-president and a former Olympic boxer, was shot while riding his motorcycle in Lachute, Que.
The infamous Nomads clubhouse in Carlsbad Springs was also used by the Red Devils Motorcycle Club, a puppet club for the Angels. That club has continued to have a presence in the region even since the Nomads closed up shop.