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Update: Outlaw Bikers Arrested in Red Deer Drug Investigation (police photos)

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  • From ALERT 

    Members of a Red Deer outlaw motorcycle club have been charged with drug trafficking offences following a lengthy ALERT investigation.

    Project Rocker was a two-year investigation by ALERT Red Deer’s organized crime team into the suspected drug trafficking activities of the Syndicate outlaw motorcycle club. Syndicate is a support club of the Hells Angels.  Project Rocker concluded on April 30, 2019, after three suspects were arrested. An estimated $350,000 worth of drugs was seized, along with firearms, motorcycles, and cash.

    Three Red Deer homes were searched and the following items were seized:

    • 3 kilograms of cocaine;
    • 9 kilograms of a cocaine buffing agent;
    • 2.8 kilograms of cannabis;
    • a handgun;
    • an SKS rifle;
    • 4 vehicles; and
    • $78,794 cash proceeds of crime.

    ALERT alleges that members of the club were involved in an extensive drug trafficking network that operated in the Red Deer area. Casey Chapin and Joel Befus are both full patch members of the support club and have been charged with conspiracy to traffic cocaine, along with a range of other offences. Bailey Chapin, a 29-year-old woman, was also charged.

    Support clubs are typically utilized to carry out lower-level dirty work for the Hells Angels, such as drug trafficking and expanding territory to secondary markets. The Nomads chapter of the Hells Angels is based in Red Deer.

    Project Rocker utilized a number of police investigative techniques and strategies, with the investigation beginning in April 2017. ALERT received assistance from Red Deer RCMP, Innisfail RCMP, and Alberta Sheriffs surveillance team.

    Casey Chapin, 33, is charged with:

    • conspiracy to traffic a controlled substance;
    • possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking;
    • money laundering;
    • possession of proceeds of crime;
    • possession of proceeds of crime for the purpose of trafficking; and
    • six firearms-related offences.

    Joel Befus, 32, is charged with:

    • conspiracy to traffic a controlled substance; and
    • possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking.

    Bailey Chapin, 29, is charged with:

    • possession of proceeds of crime; and
    • five firearms-related offences.

    Both Casey and Bailey Chapin were released on bail after their initial court appearances. Befus was also released on bail with numerous conditions.

    Members of the public who suspect drug or gang activity in their community can call local police, or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Crime Stoppers is always anonymous.

    ALERT was established and is funded by the Alberta Government and is a compilation of the province’s most sophisticated law enforcement resources committed to tackling serious and organized crime. Members of Calgary Police Service, Edmonton Police Service, Lethbridge Police Service, Medicine Hat Police Service, and RCMP work in ALERT.

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    Someone stole this police vehicle!

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    Didsbury RCMP investigate theft of police vehicle 

    On May 20, 2019 at approximately 5:43 a.m., Didsbury RCMP responded to a call of break, enter and theft of motor vehicles at the Carstairs Ford Dealership in Carstairs, Alta. 

    Sometime in the early morning of May 20, 2019, unknown suspects broke into the dealership and stole two vehicles. A 2014 black Ford Mustang was stolen but has since been recovered. 

    The other vehicle was an unmarked police vehicle described as a 2016 silver Ford Explorer with Alberta license plate BYE 826. Some items from the vehicle have been recovered by Red Deer RCMP and Edmonton Police Service but still outstanding are:

    ·         Duty belt and handcuffs

    ·         RCMP uniform including pants, shirt, jacket and hat

    ·         Portable radio

    Didsbury RCMP encourage any members of the public who have information in relation to this incident or any other crimes to contact the Didsbury RCMP Detachment at 403-335-3381 or your local police. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.”

    Didsbury RCMP would also like to remind the public that all police officers conducting a traffic stop or arrest will have proper police identification that can be verified with a call to 911.

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    Two Hills RCMP arrest two, recover $200,000 worth of stolen property

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  • May 21, 2019

    Two Hills RCMP arrest two, recover $200,000 worth of stolen property

    Two Hills County, Alta. –  “We will continue to collaborate with specialized units to combat property crime,” says Sergeant Robert Daisley, Two Hills RCMP Detachment Commander. “Approximately $200,000 worth of stolen property was recovered and we are returning these items to their rightful owners.” 

    Over the past year, Two Hills RCMP have been actively investigating reported chop shops operating in the Two Hills County area. On April 23, 2019 RCMP conducted a traffic stop with a female on a scooter driving on Highway 45. During the traffic stop, the scooter was found to be stolen and further investigation lead police to a property in the area. 

    On April 25, 2019, Two Hills RCMP along with members of the Vegreville RCMP, RCMP Auto Theft Unit, St. Paul Traffic, and the Eastern Alberta Rural Crime Reduction Unit (EADRCRU) dismantled a rural ‘Chop Shop’ in Two Hills County. Search warrants were executed at three rural properties north of Two Hills. Several stolen trucks, utility trailers, ATVs, travel trailers, generators, and other tools were recovered. 

    Craig Allen Wince (45) of Two Hills was charged with the following Criminal Code offences:

    ·       Possession of property obtained by crime less than $5000 (x4)

    ·       Possession of property obtained by crime over $5000 (x8) 

    He was released after a judicial hearing and is set to appear in Vegreville Provincial Court on June 17, 2019. 

    Jamie Bruhm (33) of Vegreville was charged with possession of property obtained by crime less than $5000. She was released and is set to appear in Vegreville Provincial Court on June 10, 2019.  

    The stolen property was from several areas including: Camrose, Lloydminster, Lavoy, Smoky Lake, Sedgewick and Sherwood Park.

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