APTN National News
The recent appearance of Hells Angels-connected individuals on Cold Lake First Nation in Alberta triggered concerns among community leaders who are bracing for a possible increase in local drug use.
They have turned to Lee Mason, head of the Young Warriors Network, for help.
The Young Warriors offer counselling and bullying prevention.
Mason was once a gang-member and spent years in jail. He says youth in Cold Lake are vulnerable.
“Some people have stated that it comes to a crisis stage here with the gangs, the crystal meth, the crack and all the other drugs that have been floating around,” said Mason.
The Hells Angels do not have an official presence in Cold Lake, but they have been see recently on the reserve. In June, eight people were arrested for illegal firearms and drug trafficking.
Mason said education is the best way to keep youth from joining gangs and getting into drugs.