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The Surete du Quebec say nearly 60 arrests were made Wednesday morning targeting biker gangs and what they’re calling Aboriginal organized crime outfits on charges of selling contraband tobacco, drugs and money laundering.
Raids took place in residences and shops, mainly located in the greater Montreal, the Laurentians, Lanaudiere, Monteregie and on Kahnawake in Quebec, as well as on Six Nations in Ontario.
“Project Mygale is the largest ever made to date in America on tobacco smuggling, but also on cross-border crime between Canada and the United States,” said Capt. Frederick Gaudreau of the Surete du Quebec.
Between August 2014 and March 2016, police seized 52,800 kg of tobacco, more than $ 1.5 million in cash from” illicit transactions in Canada,” 836 kg of cocaine, 21 kg of methamphetaminem 100 g of fentanyl and 35 pounds of cannabis.
Police said they have evidence showing that the alleged criminal organization imported 158 shipments, totaling 2,085,600 kilograms, of tobacco into Canada from the U.S. through the border crossings at Lacolle, Lansdowne and Fort Erie for sale on Kahnawke and Six Nations.
According to Mohawk Council of Kahnawake and Kahnawake Peacekeepers, to their knowledge, no raids have been conducted on their territory.
Nearly 700 police were part of the operation, including the Canada Border Services Agency, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Ontario Provincial Police in Ontario, Montreal police, the United States’ Drug Enforcement Administration and municipal police services in Laval, Longueuil, Deux-Montagnes, Richelieu-Saint-Laurent, Chateauguay, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Roussillon, Therese-de-Blainville, Blainville, Saint-Eustache, Saint-Jerome, Mascouche, Terrebonne and Mirabel.