Kevin Galvin of the Edmonton Police Service's organized crime unit.
"Some of the frictions that you see in relationships there may ripple out here because they are all interconnected," Galvin
"We may see an increase in gang-related violence, we may see similar types of crimes being committed here that are now occurring in the Lower Mainland."Galvin
said intelligence reports shared by municipal police forces and the RCMP indicate there is growing friction between gangs over the lucrative illegal marijuana and cocaine markets.
Prices for high-grade pot known as B.C. bud, much of which is exported to the United States, have fallen to a point where competing criminal groups are fighting to maintain profits, he
Alberta's cash-rich booming economy has also created a huge demand for cocaine, much of which is brought in from B.C.
"This is a business issue that is erupting now," Galvin
In Edmonton alone more than 24 gangs are involved in the drug trade.
But there is a part of the gang life that is so discreet that it is very difficult for us to get in," Galvin