MONTREAL — Hundreds of police officers in Quebec and Ontario carried out a massive sweep Thursday to crack down on street gang members.
The operation follows a lengthy investigation into drug trafficking, and targets both dealers and gang leaders.
Ontario police forces conducted search warrants Wednesday night and Thursday morning on residences in Smiths Falls, Ont., Ottawa and surrounding areas under an operation that began in October 2008. The investigation by the Smiths Falls Police, Ottawa Police and the Ontario Provincial Police targeted identified street level drug dealers and involved an undercover police officer who was placed in the drug subculture to make illegal drug buys.
Police say the list grew to more than 25 street level drug dealers and quantities of cocaine, marijuana, ecstasy and other prescription-controlled substances were purchased and seized. A number of charges, including trafficking in controlled substances, against several individuals have been laid