Black Piston sentenced nine years
Materials seized by police during Project Resurgence, a shake up of biker gangs in Niagara. Nov 7 2013 Bob Tymczyszyn/St. Catharines Standard/QMI Agency.
Isaac Lucas, the second man in charge of the Black Pistons Motorcycle Club in St. Catharines, has been sentenced to nine years in jail for his involvement in a major drug dealing operation that had links to the Outlaws Motorcycle Club.
Following a lengthy trial last summer, Lucas, 39, was found guilty of three charges, conspiracy to traffic in cocaine, conspiracy to traffic in heroin, and trafficking in cocaine.
On Friday, he appeared for sentencing in a Superior Court of Justice in St. Catharines in front of Judge Joseph Henderson.
Lucas was described by the judge as “a distributor and enforcer” for the Black Pistons and “the right-hand man” of leader Randy McGean, who in October was sentenced to 11 years behind bars. Once McGean’s pre-trial custody was factored in to the sentence, he was left with a seven-year, one-month jail term.
Court heard Lucas, who has a lengthy criminal record, was not a cocaine or heroin addict, but was involved in the ongoing commercial enterprise to make money.
“He has very little respect for the law,” said Henderson, noting his criminal record started in 1994 and he has two prior drug-related convictions. In 1998, he was convicted of two robberies and sent to the penitentiary for six years.
Defence lawyer Mike Wendl asked the judge to consider an increased credit for his client’s pre-trial custody because of the harsh conditions he was subjected to during the 10 months he spent at Maplehurst.
Wendl said the facility was on lockdown 70 per cent of the time Lucas was in custody and inmates didn’t get showers or time in the yard.
“You would think we were more advanced than that in Canada,” he said.
Wendl said the network was well established before his client became involved and he simply wanted to be a part of something, that was his attraction.
Federal prosecutor Niall Gilks said Lucas never ran a bail hearing and that would have determined if he could be released. The Crown opposed any increase in credit for any pre-trial custody because no evidence was provided to the court, only submissions by the defence.
Gilks pointed out that when a lockdown occurs at a jail, it doesn’t mean every inmate is locked down, it could depend on certain units within the facility.
“This was a high-level operation and the motivation is purely for profit,” said Gilks. “He should be viewed high up in the chain. If anyone wanted drugs they had to go through him.”
The judge said Lucas was dealing in hard drugs. He described heroin as being a pernicious, dangerous, highly-addictive drug that often ruins the lives of those who use it.
In total, Lucas received a nine-year sentence. However, because of his pre-trial custody he was given a credit of four years and 10 months, which leaves a sentence of four years and two months.
The Pistons had a clubhouse at 80 Page Street in St. Catharines. The future of that property is still in question because it’s under a corporation in the name of Daniel Carley, 35, who is currently in jail serving a two and a half year sentence. Carley was convicted in August for trafficking in crack cocaine.
At age 24, Carley won $5-million on a lottery scratch ticket, but he became a drug addict and lost everything.
This investigation was dubbed Project Resurgence. On Nov. 6, 2013, police officers from across Ontario were involved in executing 30 search-and-arrest warrants in and around Niagara. The clubhouse was part of that raid. Police had received information that some members of the Black Pistons were soon going to be patched over as full-fledged members of the Outlaws.