The SPVM dismantles a network of drug traffickers
The Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) has been making multiple arrests since Wednesday morning. In total, a dozen individuals linked to an independent network of drug traffickers from street gangs who should be arrested. They should appear Wednesday at the Montreal courthouse.
This is reported by the daily La Presse. The arrests represent the conclusion of a major investigation by the Organized Crime Division (DCO), named Auxo, which led, six months ago, to several searches at the network of traffickers. Among the items seized: 54 kg of cocaine, 46 kg of crystal mets, 36 kg of cannabis, approximately 170,000 tablets of methamphetamine. The market value of this batch of narcotics is estimated at 4 million dollars. Eight firearms, including an AR-15 type assault rifle in addition to $1.3 million in cash, were also seized.
Although they came from established street gangs, the members of the network operated outside of these organisations, DCO commander Francis Renaud told La Presse. As with these large organizations, their network had a « gate » in Toronto, a person responsible for importing drugs into Canada in large quantities. Selling 25 kilograms of cocaine per week, the independent network was able to supply well-established gangs on the north and south shores of Montreal.
This type of organization corresponds to a new form of organized crime, that is, people from different cultural communities who collaborate with the sole aim of profit. As their new organization could be useful to the gangs already in place, the latter would have let them operate without constraints.