Drug trafficking operation nets 40 arrests

A civilian employee of the St-Jérôme police force was among those arrested as police raided 50 locations in the Laurentian and Lanaudière regions today in connection with a drug trafficking ring.

Police say ring linked to biker gangs

At least 40 people were arrested today when police raided more than 50 locations believed to be involved in drug trafficking. (CBC)

At least 40 people in the Laurentian and Lanaudière regions were arrested today in a series of police raids targeting a drug trafficking ring police say is linked to biker gangs.

Among those arrested was a civillian employee of the St-Jérôme police force who was said to have sensitive information that could have compromised today’s operation and possibly future ones.

Laval police spokesman Sgt. Frédéric Jean said the employee has been suspended.

Searches were carried out by 300 officers in 29 homes and 22 cars in St-Jérôme, Mirabel, Terrebonne, St-Colomban and St-Hippolyte.

The searches are part of Operation Escarpin, an investigation started in September 2012.

Jean said authorities found drugs, weapons and a "good amount" of cash, as well as important documents in the raids.

With files from The Canadian Press