A Hells Angels member from Campbell River has been arrested on multiple charges from drug trafficking to possession of explosives.
William Karl Paulsen was arrested by the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of B.C. investigators on Dec. 2.
The 51-year-old is charged with 17 different counts. A breakdown follows:
- 15 counts of trafficking a controlled substance, cocaine
- One count of trafficking methamphetamine
- One count of possessing six tubes of Senatel Magnafrac Explosives without a legal excuse
Paulsen was arrested one day after a warrant was issued. He has been released and is waiting for the court process, according to the unit.
A total of 24 different charges have also been approved by the Public Prosecution Service of Canada against three other people on Vancouver Island.
Kristopher Steven Smith of Nanaimo and Sean Oliver Douglas Kendall of Port Alberni have not been found and are wanted on warrants.
William Thompson Bradley of Ladysmith has already been charged.
The charges are the result of an investigation that began in 2018 with the unit and RCMP’s Federal Serious Organized Crime Unit.
The investigation seized 22 firearms, 13 kilograms of various illegal substances and arrests that police say helped prevent the spread of Hells Angels on Vancouver Island.
“This lengthy and complex investigation spanned over four years and included over 50 dedicated resources resulting in significant seizures of potentially deadly drugs and serious charges,” said assistant commissioner Manny Mann.
“Our mandate and ability to work with our partner agencies to investigate across multiple jurisdictions allows us to investigate gang members and groups who impact public safety in multiple communities.”