Suspected Gang Members Arrested

Wood Buffalo RCMP with the assistance of the Drug Section and ALERT’s Wood Buffalo Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU) have laid charges on several individuals with possible motorcycle gang involvement in relation to two separate incidents that have occurred over the last few days.

In the later evening of June 4, 2013, investigators attended a residence in the Dickensfield area of Fort McMurray regarding several individuals inside of the residence being threatened. A few evenings earlier, on June 2, police were called to a licensed establishment on Dickens Drive regarding a physical altercation between alleged rival motorcycle club members of the Fort McMurray Syndicate Motorcycle Club, and the Warlocks Motorcycle Club. The original complaint indicated that there were several individuals fighting, and that this altercation spilled-over to a neighboring residential street. It is believed that these two incidents are related and as a result of on-going investigations charges have been laid on two individuals.

George Sutherland, a 38 year-old Fort McMurray male, has been charged with two counts of Uttering Threats to Cause Death, as well as one count of Breaching Conditions. Sutherland was previously released on conditions relating to a matter stemming from an arrest at a Thickwood-area night club in December 2012. During the earlier occurrence the accused was charged with Cocaine Possession for the Purposes of Trafficking as well as for Possession of a Prohibited Weapon. The accused has been released on bail and is scheduled to appear in court on June 19, 2013.

Kristian MacEachern, a 28 year-old Fort McMurray male, has been charged with Drug Possession for the Purposes of Trafficking, three counts of Breaching Conditions, Possession of Proceeds of Crime, two counts of Possession of a Weapon Dangerous to the Public, and two counts of Possession of Prohibited Weapon. The accused remains in police custody at this time and is expected to appear in court on June 17, 2013.

CFSEU-Wood Buffalo is an ALERT team made up of RCMP members jointly funded by the province and municipality to bring together Alberta’s most sophisticated law enforcement resources to tackle serious and organized crime.

If you have information about this, or any other crime(s), please call the Wood Buffalo RCMP at (780) 788-4000, or if you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1.800.222.8477 (TIPS), by internet at, or by SMS (check your local Crime Stoppers [] for instructions on how to do).  You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers, and if you provide information to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest(s), the recovery of stolen property, and/or a seizure of illicit drugs, you may be eligible for a cash reward.