The Wood Buffalo RCMP and ALERT have arrested five members of the de facto Warlocks clubhouse in Fort McMurray.
This investigation is coming from an on-going conflict between the Fort McMurray chapters of the Warlocks and the Syndicate, a Hells Angels support club.
On Wednesday September 21, four search warrants who executed by ASERT, a compilation of the province’s most sophisticated law enforcement resources including the RCMP, resulting in the five arrests.
The Warlocks have been operating in Canada since 2010, being one of two Canadian Chapters, the other in Edmonton. There was a third chapter in Drayton Valley but ALERTS was able to dismantle the club after four members had been arrested.
“We hope the Fort McMurray chapter suffers the same fate,” said Chad Coles, Inspector with ALERT.
As a result, Jordan Norman, 31, Jeremy Smith, 30, Justin Swyer, 33, Randolph Carpentier, 55 and Shawn Brett, 27 have been arrested and charged with committing an indictable offence for a criminal organization, robbery and possession of a prohibited weapon. All five members have been denied bail.
- 15 rifles and shotguns
- Glock Handgun
- Seven Warlocks Vests (cuts)
- Warlocks club documents and paraphernalia
- other prohibited weapons, including brass knuckles and bear spray
All 16 of the firearms were obtained lawfully with no firearm charges being sought at this time, with ALERT applying for the destruction of all the guns.
“To law abiding citizens of the community, these cuts are tools for intimidation, they’re used to instill fear, we felt it was important to have an open discussion about biker clubs in the community to counteract that fear, to break down the mystique of what it means to where a patch,” said Coles.
One of the four search warrants was conducted at a residential property believed to be the clubhouse of the Warlocks with the other three being conducted in vehicles.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is being encouraged to contact Fort McMurray’s dedicated gang tip-line at 780-788-GANG (4264).