A major police operation conducted in the greater Montreal area has dismantled a drug trafficking ring and arrested 18 suspected traffickers Thursday.
More than 200 police officers participated in the strike, which began in the morning in several cities of the South Shore, including Longueuil, Chambly and Candiac, and Montreal.
Police executed a quarantine search warrants during the day in homes and vehicles.
By late afternoon, authorities said they seized about 25,000 tablets of methamphetamine, more than $ 15,000 in cash, a few ounces of cocaine, about thirty crack rocks and 15 vehicles as offense-related property.
A final assessment of the operation could be disclosed Friday.
The 18 arrested suspects are aged between 22 and 54 years. They were "very well known" police services, including narcotics. They are believed to have been part of an independent network of drug trafficking. "We speak mainly methamphetamine and cocaine," said Tommy Lacroix agent, spokesperson for the Longueuil police.
The investigation in this case began in October.
Authorities said most of the 18 people scheduled to appear Friday in Longueuil, on charges related to drug trafficking.