An alleged member of the Hells Angels motorcycle club has pleaded not guilty to drug and weapons charges from a police raid at his home in Cole Harbour this summer.
David James Bishop, 35, was one of three people arrested after police searched his residence on Pernix Court on the morning of Aug. 2 and allegedly seized a large quantity of drugs, drug and outlaw motorcycle club paraphernalia, two guns and ammunition.
One of the weapons, a .38-calibre handgun, was loaded, police allege.
Bishop was denied bail Sept. 22 after a hearing in Dartmouth provincial court.
His girlfriend, Jacquelyne Anna Brophy, 33, and Sara Michelle Walker, 28, both of Cole Harbour, were also apprehended in the raid. They were charged and released by police.
The trio entered not-guilty pleas Friday in provincial court.
Judge Flora Buchan scheduled the trial for March 13 and 14 with the understanding that lawyers will look for earlier dates in another courtroom because Bishop is in custody.
“I’m not OK with those dates,” said Bishop, who appeared by video link from the Northeast Nova Scotia Correctional Facility in Pictou County.
He questioned why all three accused have to be tried at the same time.
Bishop, Brophy and Walker are all charged with possessing hashish and two recreational synthetic drugs for the purpose of trafficking, possessing benzocaine for the purpose of producing and trafficking a controlled substance, and possessing scales and a press for the intent of trafficking.
They also face a dozen charges in relation to the handgun and 12-gauge shotgun allegedly found in the raid.
Bishop is charged with six counts of breaching a firearms prohibition as well.