Red Deer was one of seven communities in Alberta and Saskatchewan where police searched numerous residents and businesses with alleged ties to the Hells Angels and Fallen Saints biker gangs.
As a result of these searches, 14 people have been charged and police seized more than five kg of methamphetamine, two kg of cocaine and about 200 firearms.
The Red Deer Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team searched two residences in Red Deer.
Police in Saskatoon, Star City, Melfort, Nipawin, Warman, Sask., and Calgary searched 12 residences, four businesses and one vehicle.
Mike Tucker, of ALERT communications, said police found cocaine and a loaded, stolen shotgun at the residences in Red Deer. No arrests were made in the city, however the two residences were tied to a man arrested in Calgary.
At a news conference in Saskatoon, police said the busts had ties to both the Hells Angels and Fallen Saints biker gangs, who were the targets of this investigation.
The investigation began in November 2013. Since then, police say they have seized 5.4 kg of methamphetamine, 2.6 kg of cocaine, 3,358 fentanyl pills (counterfeit oxycontin), 107 grams of heroin, 145 pounds of marijuana, 456 dilaudid pills, 454 grams of hash, $100,000, seven vehicles, about 200 firearms, tens of thousands of rounds of ammunition, four ballistic (bulletproof) vests and one conducted energy weapon.
“Complex investigations succeed when law enforcement agencies work in partnership,” said Staff Sgt. Donovan Fisher, officer in charge of the north integrated organized crime unit, in a news release.
“The specially trained and equipped police officers in these units provided essential skills and expertise that were critical during this investigation.”
The elaborate investigation drew on police resources from the Calgary and Vancouver RCMP federal serious and organized crime units, the Prince Alberta Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit, Red Deer ALERT, Canadian Border Services, National Weapons Enforcement Support Teams, Saskatoon Police Service and Saskatchewan RCMP.
Terry Eide, 31, of Calgary has been tied to the two Red Deer residences. He has been charged with two counts of trafficking controlled substances fentanyl and cocaine and one count of possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000.