From Montreal Gazette, August 24, 2009, Police arrest 18 with Project Ondée
Posted by cgccanada on August 25, 2009
Montreal police have arrested 18 people in connection with a string of violent incidents in Montreal’s western region. As part of a major investigation dubbed Project Ondée, police say they took 13 men and 5 women into custody over the course of several weeks beginning in late July. Officers also executed search warrants on seven homes and three vehicles. Among the objects seized were three submachine guns, a sawed-off shotgun, a rifle, four handguns, one machete, 440 bullets of various calibres, three bullet-proof vests, a quantity of illegal drugs, and cash amounting to $100,000 CAD. The investigation was launched after several violent crimes occurred in Pierrefonds and Dollard-des-Ormeaux earlier this summer. “Battling street gang activity is a priority for the Montreal police department,” said Peter Lambrinakos, chief of criminal investigations for the western region in Montreal. “We take these kinds of crimes very seriously.” Eleven of the suspects will remain in custody until their scheduled court appearances. They face a bevy of charges including weapons trafficking, possession of unauthorized firearms, possession of stolen weapons, and drug possession with intent to traffic.
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