Rock Machine MC
BY: JAMES TURNER
Source: Winnipeg Sun
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Canada - When David Thomas needed pocket money while locked up or help finding a job when he wasn't, he turned to a trusted friend made through his former ties to the Rock Machine biker gang.
But that trust has now cost Thomas dearly after his well-connected gang chum wound up being a police snitch paid to set him up in a gun-trafficking deal.
Thomas is now back behind bars serving a six-year prison term after pleading guilty to weapons-trafficking and breaching a lifetime weapons ban in front of Provincial court Judge Kelly Moar.
The former Rock Machine associate was the last of 13 suspects recently arrested in Project Deplete/Drain, a lengthy covert police probe targeting organized gun and drug running in Manitoba.
Police arranged to pay a well-connected former Rock Machine member more than $500,000 and a weekly stipend for his work infiltrating the gang, its associates and others as part of the project.
Cops say the investigation netted about $1-million in drug seizures.
Thomas admitted he made a deal in early February to loan the informant a loaded Glock 9-mm semiautomatic pisto...
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