A Saskatoon Hells Angels member fabricated his connection to cocaine suppliers in an effort to fuel his drug addiction, according to his testimony Wednesday at a drug trafficking trial.
Rob Allen, 36, is on trial this week facing charges that stem from the 2015 Project Forseti investigation. The operation spanned across Saskatchewan and Alberta; it netted police an estimated $8-million in drugs.
Allen is accused of trafficking cocaine. According to testimony, Allen met Noel Harder, a former drug dealer, in 2013 and began to discuss a setting up a transaction in which Harder would buy a kilogram of cocaine.
In 2014 Harder became a police informant and recorded conversations between the two about the transaction. In his testimony Wednesday, Allen said he never intended to supply Harder with cocaine, but instead led him on because Harder was selling him diploids.
Allen testified that he believed if he didn’t make his connection to suppliers sound believable, Harder would stop selling him opioids. Allen said he had become addicted to the painkillers after using the drugs to treat an injury.
Allen never did provide Harder with any illegal drugs. His trial will continue Thursday morning.