Alleged Hells Angels member gets 18 months house arrest after ALERT gang bust

A man who police say is a full-patch member of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang was handed an 18-month conditional sentence Friday stemming from a lengthy investigation into stolen property by the province’s organized crime and gang squad.

Christopher Escott, 34, pled guilty to three amended charges in a 13 count indictment including possession of testosterone, a Schedule 4 controlled substance, the use of forged documents and the unlawful possession of an ATV and travel trailer.

Court of Queen’s Bench heard that Escott was found in possession of a travel trailer that had its vehicle identification number tampered with to conceal it had been stolen. He was also found in possession of a forged sales agreement.

The trailer was worth $55,000.

A subsequent search of his home located a suitcase containing a number of bottles of testosterone as well as 10 bottles of anabolic steroids.

Court heard that police also found forged documents for a Polaris ATV that had been stolen from Two Hills in 2015. Escott later sold the ATV to his neighbour for $10,000.

Escott’s conditions include a no contact order with co-accused arrested as part of Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams’ (ALERT) investigation, dubbed Project Al-Wheels.

He must also abide by a curfew between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. seven days a week except when it relates to his employment or education.

The court heard that Escott, who is originally from Newfoundland but who moved to Alberta 16 years ago, is a foreman and supervisor in the oil and gas industry and who travels to remote camps for work.

Escott must not be in possession of or consume alcohol or any intoxicating substances and he must not in be in possession of any weapons.

He was also slapped with a $500 fine for the possession of the steroids and testosterone.

Project Al-Wheels, which began in October 2015, …read more

Source:: Edmonton Journal

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