The one time president of the Manitoba Hells Angels has been sentenced to eight-and-a-half years in prison.

Dale Donovan was convicted Wednesday morning for his role in a drug trafficking operation that was shut down by police in December 2007.

The operation was called Project Drill.

Police paid an agent approximately $500,000 to make drug purchases on their behalf.

Donovan pleaded no contest in a Manitoba courtroom Wednesday morning, but once an agreed statement of facts was read before the judge, Justice Perry Schulman convicted the biker.

Donovan was charged with conspiracy to traffic marijuana, as well as other drug and property offences.

He was also convicted of trying to recruit gang members into a criminal organization.