Two members of outlaw motorcycle gangs collared in Fort McMurray drug trafficking sting

Two men are charged after police in Fort McMurray say they arrested two members of Hells Angels support clubs — the Tribal and Syndicate motorcycle groups.

The Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT) and Wood Buffalo RCMP arrested the two men Feb. 15 as part of a drug trafficking investigation. Though both men are from Fort McMurray, one of them is a member of the Red Deer Syndicate club, say police.

As part of the probe, police searched two homes and seized a loaded nine-millimetre handgun with the serial number removed, 40 rounds of ammunition, 40 grams of cocaine, 10 grams of psilocybin mushrooms and several Tribal motorcycle club vests.

Tribal and Syndicate are among two dozen Hells Angels support clubs in the province, said ALERT in a Thursday news release. A Syndicate chapter was established in Fort McMurray in 2009, compared to the newer chapter of Tribal, first seen in November 2016.

Darren Paulson, 49, is 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.

Thomas George, 28, is charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking and possession of a controlled substance. Police also charged Lynn Cardinal-Storey, 55, with possession of a controlled substance. Officers in Fort McMurray are to provide more details about the case Thursday morning.

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