20 Month Drug Investigation Results in 10 Arrests and Direct Indictments

The RCMP initially became involved in this investigation in Vancouver on May 15th, 2003. Once the North District Drug Section in Prince George identified that they had an Agent who was capable of infiltrating organized outlaw motorcycle gangs in both Prince George and Vancouver, the RCMP developed a task force to investigate the allegations of organized crime, extortion and drug trafficking with the specific intention to detect and dismantle these crime groups.

The 20 month long joint investigation that followed involved an RCMP undercover operation in which large quantities of drugs, stolen property and illegal guns were purchased from various members of Vancouver based Hells Angels, Prince George Renegade Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs and their associates.

Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit in Vancouver became involved when this intelligence led file grew to an extent that additional manpower resources became required.

In total, investigators seized:

1- in excess of $100,000.00 Can.

2- 25 pounds of Marihuana

3- 14 kilograms of Cocaine

4- 3 Stolen John Deere Golf Course Lawn Tractors - valued in excess of $100,000.00 which were stolen from Prince George in 2003 and were recovered in Kamloops area.

5- Restricted and Prohibited Weapons which include 4 handguns, one “sawed off” shotgun, one fully automatic AK-47       Assault Rifle and a large assortment of prohibited munitions and other firearms

Ten men have been charged in connection with this investigation. Four have been arrested locally and six were arrested in Prince George.

Arrested were the following:

35 yr-old William John MOORE -President of the PG Renegades of Prince George, BC

- charged by way of direct indictment with three counts of trafficking in cocaine.

45 yr old David George GEROW - former Sgt @ Arms for PG Renegades and was a member during the time of the alleged offence of Prince George BC,

- charged by way of direct indictment with one count of trafficking in cocaine.

32 yr old Derek Charles TIMMINS - a striker for the PG Renegades of Prince George, BC

- charged by way of direct indictment with 5 counts under the firearms provisions of the Criminal Code.

34 yr old Darrin Allan MASSEY - former member of the PG Renegades of Prince George, BC

- charged by way of direct indictment with 5 counts under the firearms provisions of the Criminal Code

36 yr old George James MCBETH - an associate of the PG Renegades of Prince George, BC

- charged by way of direct indictment with 4 counts under the firearms provisions of the Criminal Code.

27 yr old Jason Dennis TOWNSEND - member of the PG Renegades of Prince George, BC

- charged by way of direct indictment with one count of trafficking in cocaine.

43 yr old David Patrick O’HARA - former member of the Vancouver Chapter of the Hells Angels and member of the Mission City Chapter of the Hells Angels during the time that these offences are alleged to have occurred. O’Hara is of Surrey, BC

- charged by way of direct indictment with three counts of trafficking in marihuana and one count of trafficking in cocaine.

31 yr old Jason Cyrus ARKINSTALL- of Surrey BC,

- charged by way of direct indictment with one count of trafficking in cocaine

55 yr old Cedric Baxter SMITH - senior member of the Vancouver Chapter of Hells Angels of Langley, BC

- charged by way of direct indictment with eleven counts of trafficking in cocaine.

57 yr old Norman Edward KROGSTAD - President of the Vancouver Chapter for the Hells Angels of Surrey BC

- charged by way of direct indictment with fourteen counts of trafficking in cocaine.

First Court appearances will occur in Vancouver Supreme Court this afternoon at 2:00 pm. For the prisoners who were arrested in Prince George this will be conducted via video link as they are currently in custody in Prince George Regional Correctional Center.

Both Federal and Provincial Crown will review the circumstances of our most recent seizures and arrests which occurred on Friday January 21st., 2005. The RCMP expects that additional charges may be approved after a comprehensive analysis is completed of all evidentiary materials.

This intelligence-led, provincial investigation has successfully stopped these organized crime groups from trafficking enormous amounts of illegal drugs in communities across this Province. Organized crime will not profit, nor will our citizens be at additional risk from the effects, side-effects and consequences of taking the dangerous and illegal drugs contained in these major seizures.

RCMP Media Release 

Jan 24th, 2005

File #E-Division 2003E-1011

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