01/21/2014 12:43 EST | Updated 03/23/2014 05:59 EDT

Hells Angels win ruling from Supreme Court

The Supreme Court of Canada has upheld a lower-court ruling to end the trial of 31 members and associates of the Hells Angels.

Quebec Superior Court Justice James Brunton had ordered their release in 2011, arguing the court system was already strained and is simply unable to provide the labour needed to try all 31 individuals.

That ruling was appealed by Louis Dionne, who was Quebec's chief prosecutor at the time.

The 31 people were arrested on drug charges in 2009 in Operation Sharqc — a massive sweep of organized crime groups in the province.