In a statement, the RCMP said Murray Trekofski, Brian Oldham, Orhan Saydam and Shawn Womacks and have been charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking a controlled substance in association with a criminal organization, namely the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club.
Also, Kevin Van Kalkeren, James Howard, Michael Read and David Giles are charged with conspiracy to import a controlled substance and conspiracy to traffic a controlled substance in association with a criminal organization, the RCMP said.
The next scheduled court appearances for the accused are Sept. 12 and Sept. 21.
The Aug. 25 raid came after a 21-month-long RCMP investigation, dubbed E-Predicate, which began in the Okanagan and stretched to the U.S., Mexico and Panama. The investigation focused on allegations that marijuana was being produced in B.C.’s southeast district and trafficked in B.C. and elsewhere to fund the importation of cocaine to Canada.
A reverse sting, in which police acted as buyers seeking drugs, also uncovered the $4 million in cash.