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Outlaw bikers arrested in Fort McMurray

Last Updated Feb 23, 2017 at 11:29 am MDT

Items seized by an ALERT investigation. Jenna Hamilton. MORNING REPORTER.

Members of the Tribal and Syndicate outlaw motorcycle groups have been arrested in Fort McMurray following a drug trafficking investigation.

The members who live in Fort McMurray, were arrested on February 15, 2017 by the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT) and Wood Buffalo RCMP members.

As a result of the investigation, officers searched two homes and the following items were seized:

  • Loaded 9mm handgun with the serial number removed
  • 40 rounds of ammunition
  • 40 grams of cocaine
  • 10 grams of psilocybin mushrooms
  • Several Tribal vests, or cuts


Darren Paulson, a 49-year-old Tribal member and Thomas George, a 28-year-old Red Deer Syndicate member are both facing multiple charges related to trafficking.

Paulson has been 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
  • Possession of a firearm contrary to a prohibition order


George has been charged with:

  • Possession for the purpose of trafficking
  • Possession of a controlled substance


Lynn Cardinal-Storey, who the RCMP called an associate has also been charged with possession of a controlled substance.

Syndicate’s presence in Fort McMurray dates back to 2009, while Tribal was first seen in the area in November 2016.

Anyone with information concerning this investigation is encouraged to contact Fort McMurray’s dedicated gang tipline at 780-788-GANG.