Kelowna Hells Angel dies in prison

The former vice president of the Kelowna Hells Angels has died while serving an 18-year sentence for conspiring to import 200kg of cocaine from South America.
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KELOWNA – Corrections Canada are investigating the death of the former vice president of the Kelowna chapter of the Hells Angels.

David Giles, 67, had late stage liver cancer when he was sentenced to 18 years in prison five years ago and had been awaiting transplant, according to a Vancouver Sun report.

Corrections Service Canada says Giles died while in custody at Abbotsford Regional Hospital but does not give a cause.

The coroner has been notified and Correctional Service Canada will “review the circumstances of the incident," a media release says.

Giles 18 year sentence was the longest ever given a member of B.C. Hells Angels. He was convicted of his role in a conspiracy to smuggle 200 kilograms of cocaine from South America.

Police at the time of the arrest said Giles, along with Brian Oldham, James Howard, Michael Read and Shawn Womacks, were arrested in 2012 after undercover police posing as South American drug dealers arranged to work together to sell close to a half tonne of cocaine.

The investigation took 20 months and involved law enforcement from Canada, United States, Mexico and Panama. After the arrest, investigators found $4 million in money alleged to have come from narcotics.


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