November 23, 2020 – Montreal underworld figure Shane (Wheels) Maloney was granted a full parole this week after serving eight years for drug and firearms offenses. The 43-year old wheelchair-bound Irish wiseguy says he will be moving to British Columbia.
Wheels Maloney was a leader of Montreal’s Irish mob, known locally as The West End Gang, in the late 2000s who attempted to consolidate drug scales in Quebec in the aftermath of the Great Quebec Biker War with the so-called Wolfpack Alliance. Maloney was given day-parole in December 2019.
When he was 20 years old, Maloney was paralyzed from the waist down in a motorcycle accident. According to Royal Canadian Mounted Police records, Maloney invested money he recovered in an insurance settlement into building his large-scale cocaine distribution network.
The West End Gang has operated in Montreal since the 1950s and today, is alleged to be led by the Matticks brothers. Maloney was part of the “New Millennium Generation” in the gang per prosecutors in his case, a group eager to forge relationships with outside criminal factions, like the bikers and the Italian mafia.
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