CRIME
01/31/2013 02:06 pm ET Updated Feb 05, 2013

Manitoba Rock Machine Arrests: Canadian Biker Gang Chapter Swept Up In Police Raid

This gang no longer has street cred -- because the gang is off the streets.

The Canadian RCMP dismantled the Winnipeg chapter of the Rock Machine motorcycle gang in a raid on Wednesday, the Brandon Sun reports. Police arrested 11 people and seized some 1,800 pills of synthetic ecstasy, cocaine, marijuana, pipe bombs, gang clothing and guns.

The RCMP raided two homes Wednesday morning and arrested the suspects. One of the homes, on Wall Street in Winnipeg, had to be closed for several hours because explosives were found there, the CBC reports.

"Today is a very good day for public safety in the province of Manitoba," Assistant RCMP Commissioner Kevin Brosseau told the Brandon Sun.

The 11 unnamed suspects include the entire Winnipeg chapter of the Rock Machine gang and several people who were identified as drug traffickers. They all face charges related to drug and firearms trafficking in Manitoba.

The investigation, which started last summer, was dubbed "Operation Dilemma" and involved more than 140 officers, according to The Canadian Press.

Clarification: Early reports indicated that the entire Rock Machine gang was arrested in the sweep. In fact, most of the 11 men arrested make up just the Winnipeg chapter of the gang, according to The Canadian Press.

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