Montreal police chief says his force has been shaken by arrest of ex-officer

MONTREAL – Montreal’s police chief says his force has been shaken by the arrest of a former high-ranking organized crime investigator who allegedly conspired with the Hells Angels.

Chief Marc Parent says Benoit Roberge’s arrest on the weekend came out of the blue and that nobody had any inkling he may have been involved in alleged wrongdoing.

Parent told a news conference in Montreal today he has spoken to about 200 investigators in the last few days to discuss the matter.

Roberge was the Montreal police force’s leading expert on biker gangs, investigating them and testifying at their trials before he retired last year.

His spouse is a prosecutor specializing in organized crime.

Roberge faces four charges, including two of gangsterism, and is accused of selling sensitive information about ongoing police investigations to biker gangs. His bail hearing is scheduled for Thursday.

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