Watch above: Law enforcement reveals the evidence seized in a massive operation against the Hells Angels in the Edmonton area, and the impact the raid will have on community safety. Tom Vernon reports.
EDMONTON – Alberta members of the world’s most notorious biker gang are behind bars.
On Wednesday, Alberta police carried out 10 raids in the Edmonton area, including at a west Edmonton home.
The raids have resulted in six Hells Angels members facing organized crime charges:
· Dominic DiPalma, 33, from Strathcona County
· Darcy Lee, 38, from Edmonton
· Troy Pawluk, 43, from Edmonton
· Eduardo Bartolozzi, 34, from Edmonton
· Roy Radies, 50, from Acheson
· Dustin Lowry, 35, from Edmonton
It marks the first time members of the motorcycle club have faced such charges in Alberta.
Police say some of the people targeted were high level members.
“I believe that it’s actually a significant hit to this chapter. They’re an organized group in relation to their rules and regulations as to what they need to follow, and I believe that they have definitely governed themselves according to the rules and regulations,” Insp. Darcy Strang, Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team.
The Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT), along with the RCMP, Alberta Sheriffs, and the Edmonton Police Service were involved in the search warrants.
Police are calling the home that was raided in west Edmonton a long-time Hells Angels club house.
Police seized 19 Hells Angels vests, 26 lbs of marijuana and two handguns.
The investigation began in February following a robbery and violent assault in Drayton Valley. The ALERT team says a rival biker gang and Hells Angels were involved in a “turf war.”
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