Posted on Thursday, February 7, 2019, at 12:30 p.m.
OPP and la Sûreté du Québec stage drug raids
The OPP and la Sûreté du Québec (SQ) joined forces on Project: Amberjack, breaking up a drug-trafficking operation in the Hawkesbury and Grenville and area, and resulting in the arrest of 20 people on a variety of charges.
"The individuals arrested today," stated OPP Superintendent Bryan MacKillop, “are the ones putting illegal and dangerous drugs into the hands of our children, our neighbours and others in your community. The OPP and our law enforcement partners are committed to taking illegal drugs off the streets and relentlessly pursuing those who provide drugs to local dealers. We are not done yet."
More than 160 officers from the OPP and SQ raided 14 homes on February 6, including nine in Hawkesbury and five in Grenville and surrounding area. The joint investigation on drug network trafficking cocaine and methamphetamine, codednamed Amberjack, began last summer and occupied police forces on both sides of the Ottawa River for eight months.
Wednesday’s multiple raids involved members from various units of the OPP and SQ. Police arrested 20 people and a mixture of various drugs, weapons, and other items.
Facing charges of conspiracy to commit an indictable offence are Martin Ladouceur, 30, of Hawkesbury, Denis Tassé, 34, of Lachute, Corey Viger, 30, of Deux-Montagnes. Charged with cocaine trafficking are Marc-André Proulx, 24, Michel Menard, 59, Salah Sibera, 52, Sylvain Cater, 48, all of Hawkesbury, Daniel Brown, 44, of Vankleek Hill, and Gilles DeGrobois, 36 and Ozzy Campbell, 28, both of Grenville.
Facing charges of methamphetamine trafficking are Eric Cuerrier, 27, Stéphane Cyr, 48, Eric Villeneuve, 35, Laurier Maheu, Senior, 53, Paulette Plouffe, 48, and Wayne Baron, 47, all of Hawkesbury. Charged with possession of methamphetamine are François Lachaine, 38, of East Hawkesbury Township, and Roch Cayen, 55, of Hawkesbury. One other arrest is pending at press time and there are two other people accused in relation to the investigation who are scheduled to appear in court in Québec. Their names have not been released yet.
Drugs and money
During the raids police seized more than 3000 methamphetamine tablets, and more than half a kilogram of cocaine. They also found and seized 16 fentanyl patches, along with a variety of other drugs and equipment used in drug trafficking. A large amount of money (see photo), in both Canadian and U.S. currency, was seized, along with several cell phones, three firarms with ammunition, at least one set of brass knuckles and other prohibited weapons and devices, and five vehicles.
The joint police investigation continues.