Police in Alberta have dismantled an extensive cocaine distribution network linked to a member of the Hells Angels and support club members.
“We believe that this is the first time in Alberta that a member of the Hells Angels has been charged with instructing a criminal organization,” said RCMP Supt. Chad Coles, who oversees the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT).
A year-long investigation code-named Project Entry resulted in 10 people charged with 45 criminal offences. The investigation began after police received information about the role of outlaw bikers in drug trafficking.
Among the people charged is William McCabe, 47, of Spruce Grove.
“The 47-year-old man from Spruce Grove is a member of the Hells Angels Westridge chapter here in Edmonton, and allegedly oversaw the cocaine distributing network,” Coles told reporters Thursday.
The people accused are alleged to have fulfilled various roles within a cocaine distribution network that operated in Edmonton, Spruce Grove, Cold Lake, Whitecourt and Grande Prairie.
“The weight of these charges is quite significant and ALERT is very confident in the quality of the investigation being brought forward before the courts,” Coles said.
Five kilograms of cocaine, half a kilogram of the buffing agent Phenacetin, cannabis resin and a handgun were seized by police.
Vehicles and motorcycles were also seized, along with $13,000 cash.