Canadian police drug raid targeted Dominican gang
MONTREAL — Montreal police say the massive raid carried out in and around Montreal on Thursday targeted a criminal organization active within the Dominican community in the US and Canada.

Police suspect that the gang has been active for the past 15 years and acted as a broker in the importation of cocaine and ecstasy into Canada, which was then re-distributed on the streets by the Italian mafia, street gangs, and Hells Angels.

Nearly 300 police officers conducted drug raids across the Montreal area, including the north and south shore of the island.

The Montreal organized crime division's anti-gang unit led the investigation dubbed Operation Acabar. The raids were aided by officers from the Sureté du Québec, RCMP and several local police forces.

Some 200,000 ecstasy pills were seized. And several members of the gang could be extradited to the United States at the request of the law enforcement officials there.

They're scheduled to appear in court this afternoon.

The raids were centered largely on the east and north ends of the island as well as suburbs on the north and south shore, said Montreal police Const. Olivier Lapointe.

One of the raids took place at the Titanium Gym on Cremazie and St-Michel Blvds. where CTV Montreal cameras filmed three plain clothes police officers searching a van with the Titanium logo on it.

Lapointe told CTV Montreal's Cindy Sherwin on Thursday that the gym was a hotbed of drug activity with many transactions taking place there, and that it was frequented by gang members.



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