|In 2008 Manitoba started to become the stomping grounds for the Rock Machine. Rivals of the Hells Angels and infamous after a bloody 8-year biker war in Quebec that ended in 2002, the Rock Machine were expanding into the streets of Winnipeg.|
After a number of busts by Winnipeg Police and Manitoba RCMP threw a wrench into the gears of the local Hells Angels, the Rock Machine graciously stepped up and were on the road to becoming the dominant group.
|In 2011, things started to boil between the Hells Angels’ puppet club the Redlined Support Crew and the Rock Machine who were engaged in a turf war. In March 2012 Winnipeg police initiative 'Project Flatline' led to the arrest of 11 suspects, including local Hells Angels president Dale Sweeney who received an 11-year prison sentence for cocaine trafficking.|
The Rock Machine’s run in Winnipeg was a short one. Manitoba RCMP toppled the club as they were positioning themselves for a bloody take over of the city and province. On Jan. 30, 2013 the RCMP, along with 140 police officers wrapped up a six-month investigation known as 'Project Dilemma'. They raided a number of locations in Winnipeg, seizing a massive bounty of drugs, guns, explosives and biker vests from the Rock Machine, the Vendettas and the Hell Hounds, their puppet clubs.
|Police seized 16 pounds of cocaine, half a dozen guns, two pipe bombs, and nine other explosive devices, along with 8 pounds of pot and significant cash.|
Four full-patch Rock Machine members and a prospect were arrested, along with associates. The bust was enough to shake the organization to its core. Police used a full-patch member as an informant for a price. That creates a sense of paranoia among gang members.
|The investigation revealed most of the drugs were coming from Montreal, a place the Rock Machine feared to tread out of respect for the Hells Angels. The new void in Winnipeg was very quickly filled by street gangs.|