A Lower Mainland-based coalition of gangsters appears to be attempting to establish itself in Kamloops.
According to police, recent investigations have led them to believe the Wolf Pack, a coalition of members of the Hells Angels, Independent Soldiers and Red Scorpions, is at work in Kamloops.
RCMP Cpl. Jodi Shelkie said the Wolf Pack is using violence to establish a foothold in the Kamloops drug market.
"Police have confirmed that the Wolf Pack is an organized crime group originating in the Lower Mainland area that has established a faction in Kamloops, bringing illicit drugs, firearms and violence with them," she said.
According to Shelkie, recent Kamloops investigations led to a recent raid of a house in Surrey, resulting in the seizure of drugs and "a cache of weapons."
Among the drugs seized, Shelkie said, were several hundred manufactured pills, including Oxycodone and what appears to be fentanyl, four ounces of cocaine and approximately seven pounds of marijuana. In addition, she said, police found a long rifle and $25,000 in cash.
Michael Alexander Ross, 27, was arrested at the Surrey residence. He has been charged with three counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking and one firearms charge.
Shelkie said Kamloops Mounties will continue to investigate the Wolf Pack.
Under former RCMP Supt. Yves Lacasse, Kamloops police were reluctant to admit that gangs were at work in the Tournament Capital.
Supt. Brad Mueller, however, has admitted on multiple occasions that organized crime is involved in the local drug trade.