Laval Police lead drug bust

By Robert Frank

A call to the Laval Police confidential tip line led investigators to shut down on a hitherto-unknown drug trafficking ring, Feb. 6. Together with their counterparts, they raided four homes in Laval, as well as residences in Montreal, Mirabel, Blainville and Longueuil.

“They arrested ten suspects,” Const. Franco di Genova told The Suburban. “The court released six of them the following day, after they promised to return for a later hearing to face the charges against them.”

“It was a very well-structured group,” Const. di Genova said, “to the point where drug investigators think that they might be somehow intertwined with organized crime. It remains to be seen whether they are connected with groups such as the Hell’s Angels or Italian or Lebanese criminals.”

Four suspects remain in jail:

• Daniel Garolczyk, 51, a resident of Laval’s St. Martin des Laurentides district, faces six possession and trafficking and conspiracy to traffic drugs charges;

• Chomedey resident Hassan Jaber, 31, faces 18 possession and trafficking charges, as well as two charges for possessing brass knuckles and a switchblade knife;

• in addition to possession, trafficking and conspiracy charges, police also accused Longueuil resident Giovanni Timperio, 53, of several weapons violations, after they allegedly found improperly stored 12 gauge and .410 calibre shotguns and a .308 rifle improperly stored; and

• Montreal resident Jessica Verhelst, 21, whom police charged with trafficking and having cocaine and methamphetamine in her possession to traffic. 

Police seized 129.6g of cocaine, 141 methamphetamine and six amphetamine pills, 51g of marijuana buds, 14.3g of hashish and nine ml of GHB – the date rape drug – as well as a kilogram of lidocaine, an anesthetic.

“They also impounded equipment for an entire [marijuana] grow operation—unused—worth $5,000,” Const. di Genova added, “as well as three vehicles and more than $12,000 in cash.”
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