Organized crime: the ripou policeman Benoît Roberge arrested thanks to the right arm of a Hells

Organized crime: police officer Ripou Benoît Roberge arrested thanks to the right arm of a Hells

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Ex-Cripou police officer Benoît Roberge, imprisoned for selling inside information on the investigations to bikers, was caught after Hells Angels right-hand man René Charlebois sat down to eat. 

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This precious informant who allowed Roberge's arrest in 2013, it's is Patrick Peloquin. Nearly 10 years after the events, Péloquin comes out of the shadows and reveals how he allowed the Sûreté du Québec to handcuff the former criminal biker investigator when he worked for the City of Montreal. 

The 41-year-old man gave a long interview to our Bureau of Investigation, which will be broadcast Friday evening at 9:30 p.m. on the show J.E on TVA. 

< p>It recounts in detail a stunning sequence of events starting in mid-September 2013, when René “Balloune” Charlebois escaped from prison, and culminating less than a month later with the arrest of Roberge . 

René Charlebois

Link of trust

Péloquin was still a child when he won the trust of Charlebois, who had bought a house opposite his home in Sorel at the turn of the 1990s. He says he did many odd jobs for him. Selling drugs, transporting weapons, even managing his businesses when the member in good standing of the Hells Angels was incarcerated. 

Twenty years later, he was still in the front row when Charlebois forged, from the penitentiary, close ties with Benoît Roberge. He was even the one who made the cash deliveries for Roberge, as payment for the information he provided to Charlebois on the police investigations. 

And although Roberge eventually admitted having received $125,000 for his illicit collaboration with criminals, Péloquin claims to have given him much more. 

“According to everything I can quickly calculate, there was probably half a million in full,” he says, listing the payments he says he made himself. 


In September 2013, Charlebois, incarcerated for murder and gangsterism since Operation Spring 2001, to which Roberge had greatly contributed, escaped from the minimum-security penitentiary Leclerc, in Laval. He wants to settle accounts with Roberge, whom he no longer trusts. With the help of Patrick Péloquin, he even took care to record the telephone conversations in which the police officer gave him ultra-confidential information in exchange for money. 

Patrick Péloquin recounted in detail to our Investigation Office the events that led to the arrest of Benoît Roberge.

Patrick Péloquin helps him in his escape, but René Charlebois knows that he is being hunted and that his days are numbered. Hidden in a chalet that his henchman has rented near Sorel, he records a 1h40 video in which he tells everything about his collaboration with Roberge. He kills himself a few hours later. 

Worthy of a movie

But the Sûreté du Québec is on the trail of Péloquin. When she comes to arrest him the next day for his complicity in the escape from the Hells, Péloquin sits down to eat. He informs the police that Roberge is in fact a crook and that there are recordings to prove it. 

Suddenly, the balance of power has just changed. 

“They told me: 'you're lucky, we won't charge you,'” he recalls, adding that the police dangled him “millions [of dollars]” in exchange for his collaboration. 

The sequel is worthy of an action movie. In the space of a few hours, Péloquin accompanies the police to a campsite in Saint-Jean-Baptiste-de-Rouville, in Montérégie, to recover the famous recordings in which we hear Roberge betraying his profession as a police officer. Investigators do not believe their eyes or ears. Their new collaborator was telling the truth. 

Roberge trapped

Under a plan drawn up by the investigators, Péloquin then called Roberge and offered to recover the compromising recordings in exchange for $50,000. “He accepted right away,” he recalls. 

At that time, it was from the air that the police followed the slightest movements by car of Roberge. When he shows up at the agreed time in a parking lot in Quartier Dix30, in Brossard, with an envelope of money, he is trapped by the investigators. He will eventually receive eight years in prison. 

From the top of a hotel room overlooking the parking lot, Péloquin witnessed the entire operation. “[It was] quite a show”, he concludes. 

– With the collaboration of Éric Thibault 

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