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The SPVM put an end to the activities of seven alleged drug traffickers firearms, Tuesday evening, by arresting them.

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Investigators from the Montreal City Police Service (SPVM) discovered quite a hoard on Tuesday evening during searches in the residences of suspected firearms traffickers, where they seized more than 70 ingots of firearms. x27;gold, valued at $200,000, and nearly $500,000 in cash.

According to our information, the police added to the toll of these seizures more than 1.5 kilograms of crystal meth, one kilogram of cocaine, 200 grams of crack, in addition to nine prohibited firearms, semi-automatic and handgun types. .

The searches took place simultaneously on avenue Nicolas-Leblanc, in the Rivière-des-Prairies sector, on rue A.- A.-Desroches, in the Tétreaultville district, and on rue Sillery, in Laval.

It is in this last place that 70 gold bars were found by the police.

Shortly after This major police strike, the value of the money seized from the two Montreal residences had been estimated at nearly $2 million, but this amount was ultimately revised downward to $500,000.

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Seven alleged traffickers were arrested and charged Wednesday at the Montreal courthouse. These are Sacha Agharabi, Eli St-Jean Tachidian, Tachidian Avedis, Mukonde Pierre Pascal as well as three other people.

According to our sources, this alleged group of arms traffickers was trapped during a sale of illegal weapons to a double agent.

The SPVM specifies that this raid is the result of an investigation begun earlier this year by the Multisectoral Team Dedicated to Firearms (EMAF) of the Eastern region of Montreal. Several units from the SPVM and the Sûreté du Québec also participated in the investigative work.

The criminal investigation is not over. SPVM investigators will try to establish the origin of the weapons seized and, above all, to determine whether they could have been used in events of armed violence in the metropolis.

Any person with additional information related to this event can contact 911 or their local station. It is also possible to communicate anonymously and confidentially with Info-Crime Montréal at 514 393-1133 or online.

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