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Project Harden leads to 8 arrests, 107 charges, 9 seized firearms

Eight people have been arrested and charged and nine firearms were seized after a five-month Ontario Provincial Police-led investigation into illegal gun trafficking in eastern Ontario.

Ammunition, cocaine and marijuana also seized after 5-month Project Harden investigation

A Cornwall crime ring was going on right underneath he police's nose. 1:34

Eight people have been arrested and charged and nine firearms were seized after a five-month Ontario Provincial Police-led investigation into illegal gun trafficking in eastern Ontario.

The investigation, dubbed Project Harden, involved the OPP's organized crime enforcement bureau and its provincial weapons enforcement unit, as well as Ottawa police, Cornwall police, RCMP, Sûreté du Québec, the Canada Border Services Agency and Akwesasne Mohawk police.

The following items were seized after six search warrants were executed in Cornwall, Ont., Ottawa, South Glengarry, Ont., Akwesasne, Que., and Longueuil, Que.:

  • Six prohibited handguns.
  • Two restricted handguns.
  • One AK-47 assault rifle.
  • One silencer.
  • High-capacity firearm magazines.
  • Ammunition.
  • Cocaine.
  • Marijuana.

Eight people are facing a combined total of 107 charges, including drug trafficking, possession of dangerous weapons, knowingly transferring firearms, possession of the proceeds of crime and more.

The eight people are from Cornwall, Ottawa, Akwesasne, South Glengarry and Saint Hubert, Que.

They were scheduled to appear in court in May and June.