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Stunning arrest of a former top Montreal police investigator of criminal gangs

Until he retired in August, former Montreal detective Benoit Roberge was considered one of Quebec's top investigators of criminal gangs.

He participated in some of the most spectacular police crackdowns of the past decade, and knew that world inside-out. But on Monday, Roberge was the one in handcuffs, charged on four counts of gangsterism and breach of trust.

Montreal's police force - the SPVM - will comment officially on the Roberge arrest later today. For a sense of the impact of the arrest, we spoke to Julian Sher, an author who's written about biker gangs, and now a member of CBC TV's Fifth Estate team.

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