(Granby) A major police operation is taking place in the greater Granby Wednesday morning. Nearly 500 police officers involved in the strike to end the activities of a trafficking network, distribution and supply of drugs. Forty-seven people were arrested.
Over 50 searches are underway in several towns in the greater Granby. The “Wall” project, which stems from a itiniée survey in August 2013, notably led the police to the Nitro-Gym training center of Pie-IX Street in Granby. The owner’s residence was also searched by agents.
The residence of one of the alleged masterminds of the network, located in Roxton Falls, also the subject of a search. Houses and cars are mainly targeted by the searches.
Forty-seven people were arrested including in Granby, Bromont, Cowansville, Farnham, Roxton Pond and Waterloo. They are scheduled to appear Wednesday afternoon at the courthouse of Sherbrooke.
André Madore and Richard Skinner have been identified as the heads of the network connected to the Hells Angels. Several members in good standing, including Marc Bernatchez, the Ontario Chapter, are among those arrested.
So far, cannabis, cocaine, steroids, methamphetamine, money and firearms were seized. The network was operated by “a well-structured criminal organization,” says Sergeant Ingrid Asselin, spokesman for the Surete du Quebec.
Officers from the SQ, police services of Granby, Bromont, Memphremagog and Sherbrooke as well as the Ontario Provincial Police involved in the major operation.
The police will take stock later Wednesday.