"Teflon" Don Lyons pleads guilty
Published Saturday, April 4, 2009 9:40AM CST
His nickname is Teflon Don, but this time something is sticking to Don Lyons.
That something is cocaine charges.
The B.C. man was arrested in December of 2007 as part of a Manitoba police investigation called Project Drill.
All told 18 people were charged and to date 15 have plead guilty.
The charges were difficult to dispute because when he came to check on the quality of his cocaine, police were videotaping the whole thing.
This particular part of the operation was conducted in Kelowna B.C.
It is that video that pushed Lyons to plead guilty on Friday to trafficking cocaine.
Project Drill was a 13 month joint police investigation that ended with 18 people charged across Canada, most connected to the Hells Angels.
Ten Manitobans, including former Hells President Dale Donavan, were charged as a result.
A number of weapons were seized by police during the raid of Lyons home.
Police say He was a member of the Independent Soldiers a British Columbia based gang that police believe supplied cocaine to the Hell Angels.
Lyons only claimed $354 on his 2007 tax return, but Lyons lived a lavish lifestyle.
He had a $1.5 million home in Kelowna, a condo in Vancouver, and a fleet of luxury cars.
Police have seized a 2007 Cadillac Escalade complete with secret compartments behind the seats storing six hand guns.
In a Manitoba courtroom Lyons said he was sorry to everyone he hurt and that he wants to get his life back on track.
Justice John Scurfield said he has faint hope for rehabilitation.
Faint because Lyons seems deeply embedded in the criminal lifestyle.
Lyons is sentenced to eight and a half years, plus a fine of $26,000
Despite all that money in the end his mother was going to have to cash in some RRSP's to pay the fine.
As part of his Plea bargain Lyons was given credit for 30 months served which means he now has six years left.
He must also forfeit $75,000 worth of items seized by RCMP.
He is prohibited from possessing fire arms and must submit his DNA to the courts.
With a report from CTV's Stacey Ashley