Early morning raids by six police forces bust 'vast' South Shore drug ring

Early morning raids by six police forces bust 'vast' South Shore drug ring
Early morning raids by six police forces bust 'vast' South Shore drug ring

Published on: April 20, 2017 | Last Updated: April 20, 2017 8:48 AM EDT

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More than a dozen raids conducted by 140 police officers and aimed at breaking up a “vast” drug trafficking ring were carried out in four South Shore municipalities, Longueuil police announced Thursday.

Dubbed Operation Sentence, the 14 raids on Thursday morning are the result of an investigation that began in September and targeted 13 suspects in Longueuil, Boucherville, St-Mathieu-de-Beloeil, Mont-St-Hilaire and Beloeil.

Longueuil police were joined in Thursday’s operation by police from Montreal, St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, the Sûreté du Québec and the RCMP.

Police describe the drug distribution network as “independent” and specializing in “the sale of cocaine and synthetic drugs.”

The scale of the network was such that it was able to furnish 20 or 30 kilograms of cocaine a week to its clientele, which police say included criminal biker gangs.

While most of the network’s sales took place in Longueuil, its reach extended across the South Shore.

Longueuil police expect to make public a more detailed report on the raid’s results later on Thursday.

Anyone with any information on illegal drug sales is urged to call the Longueuil police confidential info-azimut line at 450-646-8500.

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