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ALERT investigation breaks up outlaw biker drug ring

Members of the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team and the RCMP’s Federal Serious and Organized Crime say they’ve dismantled a cocaine distribution ring that included Cold Lake. In a press conference, officials announced that a year-long investigation into the Hells Angels chapter in Edmonton called “Project Entry” has resulted in 10 people facing around 45 charges.

Police say around five kilograms of cocaine was also seized as well as other drugs and other items tied to trafficking. RCMP Chief Superintendent Ian Lawson says he’s proud of the attempt to stopping the movement of drugs.

“The true success in this investigation is the complete destruction of this networks reach and the tentacles that it had spread into so many communities across this province.”

39-year-old Shane Daly, 40-year-old Pascal Jaques as well as 38-year-old Nicholas Stovell and 46-year-old Nicholas Delibasic are now facing charges and are all believed to be members of the “Dirty Few Lakeland Motorcycle Club”. Investigators believe the club was used as a support group to help the Angels. Lawson says the club was used to grow influence in the drug market.

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“In this instance, the support club members were believed to be used to traffic cocaine and expand territory into secondary markets such as Cold Lake, Spruce Grove, Whitecourt and Grande Prarie.”

ALERT CEO Superintendent Chad Coles adds the biker groups are growing.

“Over the past five years, outlaw motorcycle gangs have significantly expanded their criminal influence. They’ve developed excessive ties to over 30 percent of known crime groups in Canada.”

It is not known yet when any of Cold Lake men will see court.

RCMP Chief Supt. Ian Lawson speaks to the media as ALERT CEO Supt. Chad Coles looks on at the Project Entry media conference – From the ALERT twitter page
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