By Robert Frank
Laval police, together with their
Sûreté du Québec counterparts, as well
as Royal Canadian Mounted Police in
New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, broke
up a drug ring involving ten people, Oct.
24. Half of the suspects were of pension
“From our detectives’ perspective, they
were a pretty structured group, involved
in the interprovincial transportation of
marijuana and pills such as amphetamine-related drugs,” Laval police Const.
Franco di Genova told The Suburban.
“Of the five women, two were in their
early-to-mid 30s,” he said, “and the other
three were over 60 years old. Two of the
four men were over 65 years old.”
RCMP arrested a 10th individual who
will face justice in New Brunswick, as
part of the multijurisdictional investigation—dubbed Operation Coyote—which lasted several months.
“They were involved in transporting between provinces, back and forth,”
Const. di Genova added. “These were
people whom you might have seen driving a car in good shape along the highway, well within the speed limit.
Meanwhile, they had a trunk full of
Police said that they seized 50,000
methamphetamine pills as well as a marijuana production greenhouse containing 130 plants, 23 kilograms of cannabis
They underscored how illicit drug production fouls the environment.
“Underground drug labs produce huge
quantities of toxic waste,” police noted in
a statement. “Each kilo of methamphetamine generates 5-6 kilos of toxic waste;
for every kilo of ecstasy, they have to get
rid of 13 kilos of toxic waste. The criminals often dump this waste down sewers
or in fields.”
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