July 28, 2014
Red Deer… A member of the Red Scorpions gang and three associate members have been arrested following a coordinated series of search warrants in Red Deer County, Airdrie, and Calgary.
Red Deer RCMP, Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT), Calgary Police Services, and Airdrie RCMP members executed the search warrants on July 23. The investigation focused on the Red Scorpions drug trafficking operation and their infiltration of the Alberta market.
Cory James Lesperance, a 29-year-old man originally from British Columbia, is a member of the Red Scorpions and is alleged to be at the centre of a drug trafficking network operating in Alberta. Lesperance faces a total of 14 drug and weapons related charges as the result of this investigation.
Lesperance was arrested at a residence in the Balmoral Heights neighbourhood just outside Red Deer city limits, where two firearms were found, along with a large amount of drugs. Lesperance is currently bound by two firearm prohibitions and a recognizance order stemming from a previous drug and weapons investigation in November 2013.
Three Red Scorpions associates were also arrested in the search warrants: Robin Joseph Stewart, 52, faces eight charges; Nicholas David James White, 21, faces six charges and Amber McLeod, 23, faces four charges. Additional charges and arrests may also be forthcoming.
In addition to the Red Deer County home, search warrants were executed at a Calgary home in the Thorncliffe neighbourhood and a home in Airdire’s Channelside area. The search warrants were executed by RCMP “K” Division Emergency Response Team and CPS Tactical team.
The search warrants yielded a number of firearms and drugs, including:
The investigation was initiated in June by the Red Deer RCMP Street Team and expedited between the partnering agencies to address public safety concerns relating to gang activity. Members of the public who have concern about gang activity in their community can contact police or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
ALERT was established and is funded by the Alberta Government and is a compilation of the province’s most sophisticated law enforcement resources committed to tackling serious and organized crime. Nearly 400 municipal police, RCMP, and sheriffs work for ALERT.