Guns, drugs and $1.3 million in cash seized in Montreal area raids

Most of the items seized were obtained in Toronto and shipped to the Montreal area for distribution, police said.

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Montreal police dismantled a gun and drug trafficking ring that was selling handguns and narcotics throughout the greater Montreal area.

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The gendarmerie’s anti-gang squad seized a large quantity of weapons and drugs during searches of residences and vehicles in Montreal, Laval, Mirabel and Brossard, police said in a statement.

Most of the items seized were obtained in Toronto and shipped to the Montreal area for distribution, the statement said.

During searches of seven residences and four vehicles, police discovered seven handguns, an AR-15 assault rifle, 54 kilograms of cocaine; 46 kg of crystal meth; 168,500 methamphetamine pills; 36 kg of cannabis, various amounts of additional drugs and approximately $1.3 million in cash.

Five suspects were arrested between May 26 and June 21. All are suspected of acting as suppliers to criminal street gangs.

Sami Hashemi and Rudy Louis Etienne were arrested after a court appearance. Three other suspects have been released pending trial.

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