News Item: Cops arrested in drug raids
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Thursday 22 June 2006 - 16:11:38

MONTREAL -- Two former police officers were arrested yesterday as part of a drug ring that made weekly shipments to the United States, RCMP said.

RCMP allege the ring was led by a 48-year-old woman from the Mohawk territory of Kanesatake, near Montreal.

Spokesman Guy Amyot said she was among the 36 people arrested and charged during raids that took place early yesterday.

The Mounties believe "the leading organizer of this network was the lady we arrested in Kanesatake," Amyot said in an interview. Amyot said Sharon Simon has been charged with trafficking, conspiracy, money laundering and gangsterism.

The two ex-police officers were identified as Carl Thomas, 44, who was arrested in Magog and 40-year-old Daniel Pepin, who was taken into custody at his home in Mirabel, north of Montreal.

Both men had worked for the Magog municipal police force in Quebec's Eastern Townships.

Amyot added the network also had close links to Hells Angels chapters in Montreal, Sherbrooke and Trois-Rivieres, midway between Montreal and Quebec City.

The RCMP said 42 searches were carried out, 24 in the Sherbrooke area, 16 in Montreal and one in Kanesatake.

Amyot said police also confiscated six weapons including an AK-47 assault rifle along with the seizure of cannabis, cocaine and $1 million in cash.

Police also seized 13 vehicles, including several luxury cars, and two bullet-proof vests.

"This is a network that was involved in the exportation of approximately 100 pounds of cannabis on a weekly basis to the United States," he said.

"This organization laundered about $4.8 million US from January to May of this year in the 35 transactions they made."

Amyot said the drugs were shipped mainly through U.S. border crossings at Coaticook, Que., and Cornwall, Ont. and most of the exporting was done from the Sherbrooke area.

The other suspects face charges of conspiracy, gangsterism and money laundering. They were to appear in court today.

About 350 police officers, including members of the RCMP, Quebec provincial police and aboriginal police, carried out the drug raids.

http://www.edmontonsun.com/News/Canada/2006/06/22/1647007-sun.html


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