Hells Angels member Damion Ryan arrested in major illicit drug bust operation

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22 charges laid,Denis Ivziku from the Lower Mainland of BC still wanted

MANITOBA: Manitoba RCMP along with other organizations across nation havecracked a significant Canada-wide operation involving the trafficking of illicit drugs and firearms.

On February 23, 2022, Damion Ryan, a full patch Hells Angels member with the Attica chapter in Greece, was arrested in Ontario, which was a huge disruption to the supply chain of drugs and guns that he helped facilitate.

Through different means from various targets, Project Divergent officers seized: large amounts of cocaine, methamphetamine, fentanyl, handguns, and Canadian currency.

“As we have seen in this province and in this country, deaths due to opioid overdose have been staggering,” said Inspector Grant Stephen, Officer in Charge of the Federal, Serious, and Organized Crime Section. “Project Divergent disrupted the supply chain and took these drugs off the street. The utter disregard for human life shown by those involved in these networks, specifically those at the top of the chain, became very clear during this investigation, and we were able to take them out of the equation.”

“This operation began right here in Manitoba and reached from Vancouver to Toronto, to Colombia, Greece, and the United States,” said Assistant Commissioner Jane MacLatchy, Commanding Officer of the Manitoba RCMP. “The scope and success of Project Divergent was possible because of the tenacity of our investigators and the incredible and unfailing support of our partners. We could not have done this without them.”

In total 22 individuals were charged as part of Project Divergent. Two individuals are still at large and are wanted by police:

  • Kieffer Michael Kramar, 30. He is from Winnipeg, but police believe he could be anywhere in Canada.
  • Denis Ivziku, 24, from the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. It is believed he is still in that area.

According to police, both these individuals are actively evading arrest. If anyone has information, please call the RCMP at 204-983-5420.