A drug investigation by the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT) landed charges against members of the Tribal and Syndicate outlaw motorcycle groups.
Tribal and Syndicate are both support clubs for the Hells Angels. Tribal member, Darren Paulson, 49, and Red Deer Syndicate member, Thomas George, 28, were both arrested in Fort McMurray on Feb. 15.
Two homes were searched and police seized a loaded 9mm handgun with the serial number removed, 40 rounds of ammunition, 40 grams of cocaine, 10 grams of magic mushrooms and several Tribe vests, or cuts.
Paulson 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.
George was charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking and possession of a controlled substance.
A known associate, Lynn Cardinal-Storey, 55, was also arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance.
Both outlaw groups have ties to Fort McMurray, the Syndicate presence dating back to 2009 while Tribal was first spotted in late 2016. (bw)