Hells Angels Member Arrested on Drug Charges
Posted: February 12, 2016
Edmonton… A member of the Hells Angels outlaw motorcycle club has been arrested on drug charges following an ALERT investigation. Dominic DiPalma Jr. was arrested February 10 at an Edmonton home.
ALERT Edmonton, an integrated team consisting of Edmonton Police Service, RCMP, and Alberta Sheriffs members, arrested DiPalma Jr. at a southeast Edmonton residence along with nearly two kilograms of cocaine and other evidence consistent with drug trafficking.
DiPalma Jr. is a full-patch member of the Edmonton-based Westridge chapter of the Hells Angels. The 35-year-old is charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking, drug possession (x 2), and breach of recognizance.
ALERT alleges that DiPalma Jr. was involved in drug trafficking in Northern Alberta. ALERT began its investigation in August 2015 and concluded on February 10 with the search of three homes. ALERT searched two homes in southeast Edmonton and a residence in Sherwood Park, with the assistance of EPS Tactical Team and RCMP Strathcona County.
In addition to the drugs, ALERT seized a total of just over $100,000 cash proceeds of crime. The money will be submitted to the province’s Civil Forfeiture Office for review.
DiPalma Jr. is scheduled to appear in court on February 12, where he is expected to make a bail application.
In April 2014, DiPalma was one of six Hells Angels members arrested on organized crime charges, as part of a separate ALERT investigation. That investigation is expected to go to trial in March 2016.
Members of the public who suspect drug or gang activity in their community can call local police, or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Crime Stoppers is always anonymous.
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. Members of Alberta Sheriffs, Calgary Police Service, Edmonton Police Service, Lethbridge Police Service, Medicine Hat Police Service, and RCMP work in ALERT.