09/09/2014 01:57 EDT | Updated 11/09/2014 05:59 EST

Gangster on ATV Leads B.C. Police On 4-Hour Chase

DAWSON CREEK, B.C. - A man police say is associated with the UN Gang and wanted on outstanding warrants in Alberta and Newfoundland has been arrested in northeastern B.C. for gun, drug and property-related crimes.

Sgt. Lindsey Houghton of B.C.'s Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit says the 32-year-old man was arrested in Dawson Creek following a four-hour police chase.

Houghton says that in mid-August, police began investigating a group of drug dealers believed to be gang members from the Grand Prairie, Alta., area, and led by the prime suspect.

The group was allegedly operating on a rural property outside Dawson Creek, and investigators searched the place after getting information that it held a significant amount of stolen goods, drugs and guns.

When police showed up, the prime suspect fled first on foot and then on an all-terrain vehicle, forcing police officers, K9 units and a helicopter to pursue him for about four hours before he was finally arrested.

Houghton says police found a loaded handgun, $35,000 in cash and drugs on the man and $200,000 worth of stolen goods were seized from the property, including a boat, a trailer, pickup trucks and a motorcycle.

UPDATE - Sept. 10, 2014: Robert Cletus Traverse, 32, has been charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking, one count of possession of property obtained by crime, one count of possession of a restricted firearm with ammunition, and one count of possession of a firearm contrary to an order, said the CFESU-BC.


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