Red Deer motorcycle gang member arrested in Fort McMurray

ALERT investigation

A member of a Red Deer gang connected to the Hells Angels was arrested in Fort McMurray following an ALERT drug trafficking investigation.

On Feb. 15 ALERT’s organized crime and gang team in Fort McMurray and Wood Buffalo RCMP arrested a 28-year-old man who is a Red Deer Syndicate member who lives in Fort McMurray.

A 49-year-old man, of Fort McMurray, who is a Tribal member, was also arrested, along with a 55-year-old woman.

Tribal and Syndicate motorcycle gangs are support clubs for the Hells Angels.

Police said Tribal and Syndicate have established chapters in Fort McMurray and are among about two dozen Hells Angels support clubs operating throughout Alberta.

Two homes were searched as part of the investigation. Items seized included a loaded 9-mm handgun with the serial number removed, 40 rounds of ammunition, 40 grams of cocaine, 10 grams of psilocybin mushrooms, and several Tribal vests.

The Red Deer Syndicate member was charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking and possession of a controlled substance.

The Tribal member was charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking, unauthorized possession of a firearm, possession of a restricted firearm with ammunition, possession of a firearm obtained by crime, tampering with a firearm serial number, and possession of a firearm contrary to a prohibition order.

The woman was charged with possession of a controlled substance.

Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams, or ALERT, brings together police units in the province to investigate serious and organized crime.

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