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One of the men arrested in the fatal shooting out at the Rockland shopping centre in August made a brief appearance at the Montreal courthouse Friday.
Widens Point du Jour Paul, 27, of Montreal, was charged with the first-degree murder in the killing of Maxime Lenoir, a 44-year-old drug trafficker.
The accused’s lawyer, Marc Giroux, asked that the case be carried over to Nov. 4.
Point du Jour Paul, arrested in Ottawa on Thursday, is alleged to have been the getaway driver in the Aug. 23 shooting.
Point du Jour Paul’s criminal record includes a conviction for having set fire to a pizzeria in Repentigny in 2013. At the time, he was reported to have ties to a Montreal street gang. He pleaded guilty to arson and was sentenced to a 28-month prison term.
Court records indicate he has ties to two of four men convicted in the murder of Yvon Lafond, a 31-year-old drug dealer, in L’Assomption, also in 2013.
In 2016, Point du Jour Paul pleaded guilty to possessing a loaded and restricted firearm and received another 28-month sentence. In that case, he was arrested along with a young man alleged to have been a member of a street gang based in St-Michel.
On Friday, the Quebec Court judge ordered that Point du Jour Paul not communicate with two people while his case is pending, including Jeremy Jamahl Anthony Chand, 33, the alleged shooter at the Rockland centre in Town of Mount Royal.
Chand was arrested in Vancouver on Thursday and had yet to be transferred to Montreal police custody as of Friday. He is expected to appear at the Montreal courthouse next week.
The other person Point du Jour Paul is not allowed to communicate with is a woman who was to appear at the courthouse Friday afternoon, but her case was removed from the role at the last minute. Her name appeared on the role as someone who was to be “charged in connection with” Point du Jour Paul.
In a statement issued Thursday, Montreal police said Chand and Point du Jour Paul have ties to organized crime.
In 2009, Chand tried to kill a drug dealer in Surrey, B.C., near an elementary school, where several young children witnessed the shooting. According to a judgment, the young man he tried to kill was trying to leave the drug trafficking milieu.
An hour before the shooting, Chand had approached a customer at a gas station. The man noticed Chand was wearing body armour. Words were exchanged. Chand went back to his vehicle and pulled out a firearm. “Are you ready to die?” he told the man, pointing the gun at him. He did not fire the gun, but it was the same gun used later in the shooting near the school.
In 2011, Chand was sentenced to a 10-year prison term for a series of crimes, including drug trafficking and attempted murder.
Lenoir, the Rockland victim, was targeted in an investigation into a clandestine lab making methamphetamine in the Eastern Townships. He was not charged when arrests were made in 2020, but was considered a person of interest.
According to La Presse, Lenoir was also suspected of being the person behind the seizure in 2017 of 290 pounds of cocaine found inside a small aircraft that made an emergency landing at an airport in Ohio. Two Canadian men, including one from Mirabel, were aboard the plane that had left the Dominican Republic and was scheduled to land in Ontario.
A document filed in 2020 in a U.S. District Court revealed “the drug seizure in this case is part of a larger cocaine distribution in Canada involving the Italian Mafia, the Hells Angels motorcycle organization and a Libyan drug organization.”
The information was passed on to the RCMP and the Sûreté du Québec. They replied that an investigation had already been underway when the plane landed, and that “several millions of dollars of cocaine” had been trafficked over the 12 months before the emergency landing.
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