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Hells Angel allegedly taped talks with ex-Montreal officer

10/09/2013 10:02 EDT | Updated 01/23/2014 06:58 EST
An incriminating conversation caught on tape helped lead to the arrest of a former sergeant-detective accused of selling information to the Hells Angels, CBC’s French service Radio-Canada has learned.

Quebec provincial police said an investigation into information leaks from inside the Montreal police force led them to Benoit Roberge, who retired from the Montreal police force in August and now works for Revenue Quebec

Roberge was arrested on Saturday and faces two charges of gangsterism, one count of obstruction of justice and one count of breach of trust.

Radio-Canada has learned Roberge’s arrest is intertwined with the a high-ranking Hells Angel member who was recently found dead after escaping from a Laval prison last month.

While in prison, Hells Angel René Charlebois allegedly recorded several incriminating conversations he held with Roberge.

According to Radio-Canada, Charlebois brought that recording with him when he escaped and handed it over to a third party, asking that the recording be made public if anything should happen to him.

Less than two weeks later, Charlebois was found dead by police inside a home several kilometres north of Sorel-Tracy, Que..

Radio-Canada reports that the third party, terrified to have the recording on hand, handed it over to police.

That same recording allowed an undercover officer to set up a sting operation and catch Roberge, according to Radio-Canada.

The undercover officer allegedly met with Roberge and told him he would hand over the recording for $50,000. Radio-Canada reports that Quebec police took Roberge into custody after he said he would be willing to pay $10,000 up front and $40,000 later.

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