The RCMP has arrested five men believed to be linked to outlaw motorcycle gangs in connection with a drug trafficking investigation in Northern New Brunswick.

The suspects, ranging in age from 40 to 58, were arrested Tuesday in various locations in the province by the RCMP New Brunswick Federal and Serious Organized Crime Unit.

RCMP say the investigation into the trafficking of cocaine on the Acadian Peninsula and in Restigouche, Madawaska and Victoria counties started in November of 2016. Investigators determined that the drugs were linked to the Hells Angels in Québec.

"Outlaw motorcycle groups are a priority for the RCMP. We continue to monitor outlaw motorcycle gangs' interest in expanding any operation and their criminal activity," says Cpl. Jullie Rogers-Marsh, RCMP New Brunswick. "As a result of this priority, we were able to make arrests related to drug trafficking in New Brunswick."

Police say the men arrested on Tuesday are not members of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang but police believe they are linked to other outlaw motorcycle gangs in New Brunswick and Québec.

Four are from Allardville and the fifth is from Évangéline, N.B. They will all appear in Bathurst Provincial Court on Wednesday at 9:30 a.m.

The Edmundston Police Force assisted the RCMP with the investigation. Police say more arrests are anticipated.



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