Five suspected outlaw bikers have been arrested following an investigation in Fort McMurray.
The investigation began in August following alleged incidents between the Fort McMurray chapters of the Warlocks and the Syndicate, which is a Hells Angels Support club.
On Thursday, members of the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team and Wood Buffalo RCMP executive search warrants on a home believed to be the Warlocks clubhouse and three vehicles. Police seized Warlocks vests, club documents and paraphernalia along with 15 rifles and shotguns, a Glock handgun and several other weapons including brass knuckles and bear spray. The firearms were legally obtained, but ALERT seized them in the interest of public safety and will apply for their destruction.
Although no firearms charges will be laid, the five members of the Warlocks are charged with committing an indictable offence for a criminal organization, robbery and possession of a prohibited weapon. Charges are Jordan Norman, 31; Jeremy Smith, 30; Justin Swyer, 33; Randolph Carpentier, 55; and Shawn Brett, 27. Bail has been denied.
The Warlocks chapter in Fort McMurray has been operating since 2010. It is one of two Canadian chapters for the Florida-based group. A Warlocks chapter in Drayton Valley was dismantled two years ago when four members were arrested.
The Syndicate is one of about two dozen Hells Angels support clubs in Alberta and has had a chapter in Fort McMurray since 2009.