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

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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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Update: RCMP charge 3 youth with weapon possession after incident at Red Deer Middle School

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Red Deer RCMP respond to threat at Eastview Middle School – Update Charges laid

Following an investigation into a threat at Eastview Middle School, RCMP have now laid charges against three youth.

On June 11, two of three suspects were apprehended by the RCMP and a third suspect was not immediately located.  On June 12 in the evening, the third youth involved cooperated with RCMP by turning himself in.

All three youths, aged 15, 16, 17, are facing charges of possession of a weapon and carrying a concealed weapon under the criminal code, as well as disturb or interrupt proceedings of a school under the School Act.  The three are scheduled to appear in youth court on June 27, 2019 in Red Deer Provincial Court. 

No further information will be made available in relation to this incident.

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ORIGINAL MEDIA RELEASE FROM RCMP: Red Deer RCMP respond to threat at Eastview Middle School

On June 11, 2019, at approximately 3:22 p.m. Red Deer RCMP responded to a call at Eastview Middle School after three male youth entered the school with a possible firearm.  

Eastview Middle School, along with surrounding schools, were put into lockdown as a result. 

There were no injuries as a result of this incident.   

RCMP cleared the building and the suspects fled. Two of the three suspects have been apprehended and charged with firearms related offences. RCMP continue to search for the remaining suspect. 

A replica firearm was later located. 

RCMP continue to investigate this incident and are asking for the public’s assistance. If you have information about this investigation, please call the Red Deer RCMP at 403-343-5575, or your local police detachment. 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.

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RCMP nab Red Deer driver doing 112 km/h on 30th Avenue

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From Red Deer RCMP: Red Deer RCMP stop driver travelling at extreme speed

Red Deer, Alta. – On June 8, 2019, Red Deer RCMP caught a driver travelling 112 km/h in a 60 km/h zone.  

In response to community complaints, Red Deer RCMP were conducting speed enforcement on 30 Avenue near 55 Street when they observed the driver driving at a high rate of speed at approximately 9:30 p.m. The vehicle was stopped, and the driver was unable to provide valid proof of insurance, or valid drivers licence. As a result of the offences, the male driver has been summoned to court to appear before a judge.

Four other vehicles were stopped for speeding at the same location and issued violation tickets. 

“Citizens making the reckless decision to travel at such extreme speeds pose a serious risk the public.”  said Sergeant Mike Zufferli with the Red Deer RCMP Traffic Unit. “These extreme speeds show a wanton disregard for the safety of others, and we continue to work everyday to address it, through enforcement and education.” 

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