RCMP Wipe Out Rock Machine Gang in Manitoba

Project Dilemma
Items seized during “Project Dilemma” are shown off at RCMP “D” Division headquarters in Winnipeg on Thursday, January 31, 2013. (RCMP HANDOUT)
Winnipeg Police Bomb Unit - Wall Street
A Winnipeg police officer with the bomb unit walks on Wall Street on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 during an investigation. (MAURICE BRUNEAU / CHRISD.CA)

The Manitoba chapter of the Rock Machine Motorcycle Club has been wiped off the map after a series of arrests and raids, RCMP say.

Police held a news conference on Thursday where they revealed details of the large-scale operation called “Project Dilemma.” RCMP showed off quantities of seized drugs, weapons, ammunition and other gang-related items.

Eleven people in Winnipeg have been arrested, including independent drug traffickers associated with the Rock Machine. Charges range from drug and firearms trafficking, to proceeds of crime and criminal organization-related offences.

The latest bust happened on Wednesday when police shut down a stretch of Wall Street for several hours. Police seized firearms, ammunition, two pipe bombs and eight other commercial explosive devices, a significant amount of cash, an estimated three pounds of cocaine and approximately eight pounds of marijuana, a 2009 Audi S5, as well as Rock Machine Motorcycle Club-related clothing and paraphernalia.

Project Dilemma included a total of 140 police officers from local and provincial agencies.