Major Canadian drug sweep nets 103

Nov. 1, 2012 at 5:52 PM

MONTREAL, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- More than 1,000 police officers in three Canadian provinces staged coordinated raids Thursday and arrested 103 drug trafficking suspects, Quebec police said.

The operation, orchestrated from Montreal by the Quebec provincial police force, raided homes and businesses in Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia, The (Montreal) Gazette reported.

Police spokesman Gregory Gomez said the primary target for the predawn sweep was cocaine and other drug trafficking, although eventual charges were likely to expand into other criminal activities.

Various forces, including the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, worked the raids in at least 30 towns and cities in the three provinces, the Gazette said.

There were indications more than one organized crime group was targeted, but details weren't immediately released.

One of the suspects arrested has a known background with the Hells Angels motorcycle gang, the report said.

Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Trending Stories
Chelsea Clinton accidentally calls Bernie 'President Sanders'
Watch every star-studded Super Bowl commercial of 2016
Susan Sarandon responds to Piers Morgan criticizing cleavage
Two Virginia Tech students plotted 13-year-old's death, prosecutors said
Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice got classified email on private accounts