A member of the West Level Hells Angels died of a suspected overdose final week whereas in the midst of a courtroom case with the B.C. Civil Forfeiture workplace.
Lukasz Cimoszko, 36, was discovered useless close to Barriere, RCMP Sgt. Janelle Shoihet confirmed Monday.
She stated there was nothing suspicious in regards to the demise and the B.C. Coroners Service is main the investigation.
Coroners’ spokesman Andy Watson stated he couldn’t remark.
Social media tributes have been pouring in for Cimoszko, who grew to become a full-patch member of the infamous biker gang in 2012.
Hells Angels spokesman Rick Ciarniello didn’t reply to requests for remark.
Cimoszko was in the midst of a courtroom battle with the B.C. authorities company over $12,270 seized when he was pulled over by Vancouver police a yr in the past.
In response to the declare, Cimoszko’s 2015 Corvette was stopped with the engine operating throughout from a pub on Manitoba Avenue on March 21, 2017.
Officers ran the plate, which confirmed that the Hells Angel leased the posh car. They adopted the Corvette and watched it “weave inside its lane and fail to sign when it modified lanes,” the declare stated.
“The VPD initiated a visitors cease to verify the driving force’s sobriety.”
Cimoszko drove for one more two blocks earlier than he pulled over, even after police turned on their lights and siren, the courtroom paperwork stated.
He was sporting “a sweater bearing (Hells Angels Bike Membership) patches and the HAMC deathhead brand.” His passenger was sporting an “HAMC help lanyard.”
Vancouver officers noticed a machete “in plain view lodged between the centre console and the passenger seat.” Each Cimoszko and the passenger have been arrested for possession of a harmful weapon, though neither was criminally charged.
Police searched Cimoszko and located two folding knives in his pants pockets.
In addition they searched the car and located bundles of money, greater than 240 grams of marijuana, 4 extra knives and “documentation” associated to the Hells Angels.
Many of the money was in two packages of 250 $20 payments positioned in an open bag on the highest of the centre console, the swimsuit says. Two smaller free bundles have been in a black satchel within the trunk of the Corvette.
Cimoszko advised police he had a medical marijuana licence to own the pot. The subsequent day, investigators confirmed he had a pot licence for possession of as much as 150 grams and to develop 74 vegetation at a Langley deal with.
The director of civil forfeiture alleges the money “is proceeds and an instrument of criminality.”
“The cash has been utilized by Mr. Cimoszko to have interaction in illegal actions which variously resulted in, or have been prone to end in, the acquisition of property or an curiosity in property, or trigger, or have been prone to trigger significantly bodily hurt.”
A listing of the alleged legal actions included within the civil forfeiture swimsuit consists of possession for the aim of trafficking, possession of the proceeds of crime, participation in a legal group and fee of an offence for a legal group.
The director claims Cimoszko obtained the cash from legal exercise and would probably use it for extra crimes if it was given again to him.
In Cimoszko’s response, he says police didn’t actually cease him for visitors violations, however as a result of he’s a Hells Angel.
“Members stopped the car as a part of a ruse in an effort to interact in a fishing expedition in relation to the defendant,” his written response stated. “The defendant carries on a legit enterprise and collects, remits and recordsdata the required taxes to the suitable authorities authorities.”
Cimoszko additionally claimed that the VPD search of his car was warrantless and in violation of his Constitution rights.
Phil Tawtel, Civil Forfeiture Workplace govt director, stated he couldn’t touch upon the Cimoszko case because it stays earlier than the courts.
“As with all civil litigation, the place a defendant dies in the course of the continuing conduct of the (case), litigation can move to the authorized consultant of the property,” he stated.
Company information listing Cimoszko because the president of two B.C. corporations, each integrated on Dec. 3, 2009. One known as Luke Contracting Ltd. of which he’s the one director. The second — Unique Auto Imports Ltd. — additionally lists fellow West Level Hells Angel Larry Amero as a director.
Amero was charged in January with conspiracy to kill gangster rivals Sandip Duhre and Sukhveer Dhak, who died months aside in focused 2012 shootings. He stays in pre-trial custody awaiting trial.
Cimoszko’s solely B.C. conviction was in Surrey in 2002 for driving whereas prohibited. He bought per week in jail.
Land title information present that he purchased a 26th-floor condominium in downtown Vancouver in 2012 that’s now assessed at $1.05 million. Along with the leased Corvette, private property information present Cimoszko additionally had leased or purchased a 2016 Honda Pilot, a 2016 Harley and a 2017 Cadillac Escalade.
In the meantime, one other civil forfeiture case involving the Hells Angels is about to begin in B.C. Supreme Courtroom subsequent Monday, greater than 10 years after it was first filed.
The B.C. authorities needs the clubhouse of the East Vancouver, Nanaimo and Kelowna chapters forfeited, alleging they might be used for legal exercise in future if returned to the bikers. The Hells Angels are difficult the constitutionality of the province’s Civil Forfeiture Act.