The Sûreté du Québec in concert with other police forces made 13 arrests today after conducting a series of raids related to the production and trafficking of methamphetamine.

The 13 suspects are between the ages of 13 and 44, and are scheduled to appear in court in Joliette today. 

Police are still looking for one suspect, Erwin Bermudez, 31, from Saint-Hyacinthe. Police said he has brown eyes, dark hair and drives a beige V60 Volvo.

Police have seized:

  • Over 1.5 million tablets of methamphetamine products
  • 1 kilogram of cocaine
  • 3 kilograms of hashish
  • About 13 kilograms of cannabis
  • 2 kilograms of pure meth
  • More than $145,000 in cash
SQ raid of meth producers

An underground container was being used to produce methamphetamine, police say. (SQ)

"It was a group of individuals that were working together," SQ spokesman Daniel Thibodeau said.

The operation involved the SQ as well as police forces from Montreal, Terrebonne, l'Assomption, Mascouche and Richelieu-St-Laurent.

The raids, which started around 6 a.m., involved about 50 police officers.

A separate, unrelated police operation was underway at the same time in Portneuf, Que., which is about 60 kilometres east of Quebec City. In those raids, provincial police made seven arrests in connection with the production and trafficking of cocaine and methamphetamine.

With files from la Presse Canadienne