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Four arrested during drug trafficking operations

Police officers from the MRC de Beauharnois-Salaberry detachment of the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) arrested four individuals during two drug trafficking operations on April 25 in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield.

The first operation took place as the result of an investigation launched in February following a tip received from the public. A 57-year-old man was arrested, after a search executed at a residence on rue Napoléon resulted in the seizure of over 30 grams of white powder, around 60 methamphetamine tablets, prescription drugs, and approximately 490 contraband cigarettes. A long gun, two prohibited weapons, drug-related equipment and documents, and a vehicle were also seized as part of the operation.

The man appeared the same day at the Salaberry-de-Valleyfield courthouse to face charges related to drug trafficking and the possession of firearms.

Officers conducted a second operation in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield that led to the arrest of a 38-year-old man, who also appeared at the courthouse to face drug-trafficking charges. A 52-year-old man and a 51-year-old woman were also arrested but were later released. Both could face charges related to drug trafficking.

The arrests followed the search of a residence located on Rue Penon, where officers seized close to one gram of cocaine, approximately 1.5 grams of cannabis, methamphetamines, over 30 grams of contraband tobacco, and cayenne pepper. Officers also seized material and documents related to the trafficking of drugs.

A dozen police officers took part in this operation, including the SQ’s dog handler and tactical intervention group.

Any information relating to drug trafficking within the region can be communicated anonymously at all times to the SQ’s Centrale de l’information criminelle at 1 800-659-4264. (SR)

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