Men arrested in Saskatchewan, Alberta last winter face organized crime charges

Seven men arrested in police raids across Saskatchewan and Alberta last winter now face organized crime charges.

SASKATOON — Seven men arrested in police raids across Saskatchewan and Alberta last winter now face organized crime charges.

RCMP say the men were among 14 people arrested in January as part of Project Forseti following searches of 20 properties in the two provinces, including the Hells Angels clubhouse in Saskatoon.

During the raids police seized firearms, ammunition, cash and illegal drugs including more than 3,000 fentanyl pills, heroin, cocaine and marijuana.

The charges announced Thursday include participation in a criminal organization, committing an offence for the benefit of a criminal organization and recruitment to a criminal organization.

The seven accused include Mark Nowakowski, Justin Smith, Ryan Hillman, Armand Hounjet, Layne Boorman, Carl Trobak and Daryl Nagy.

Police initially laid 61 charges — including drug trafficking, weapon trafficking, assault and possession of property obtained by crime before tacking on an additional 113 weapons-related charges in May against nine of the accused. (CTV Saskatoon)