Laval police made an important announced on Tuesday, declaring that it has conducted a major sweep against a drug ring along with cooperation of a dozen law-enforcement organizations in the Montreal region and north. It was added that thirty-five people were arrested, while one very highly-placed individual in organized crime was nabbed by a SWAT team at around 9:30 a.m.
The operation targeted locations in Laval, including the Laurentians and Montreal Island, and began at almost 5 a.m. involving almost 385 police officers from 11 forces. In the press conference of Laval Police, it was stated that “this network is linked with three organized-crime groups — the Mafia, the biker milieu and street gangs.” It was explained that the ring is suspected of trafficking in pills and cocaine, while the sweep covered homes and businesses in Laval, Montreal, Boisbriand, Ste-Thérèse, Blainville, Mirabel, Deux-Montagnes, Terrebonne, St-Hyppolite, Val-Morin and Lavaltrie.
Constable Franco Di Genova of Laval police stated that “up to now, this is preliminary, we have seized 120,000 pills.” Adding that at one location had shelved units stacked with freezer bags full of pills, he alleged that “with amounts like that, we’re going to have much more than 120,000.” Di Genova revealed that Laval police has dubbed the investigation, as Projet Moisson, i.e. underway for nine months. He stated that the pills seized at raids include GHB, amphetamines and methamphetamines. He added that officers have confiscated “tens of pounds of marijuana.”
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