The SPVM arrests seven people suspected of belonging to organized crime

The SPVM arrested

Five of the seven suspects appeared at the Montreal courthouse on charges of drug trafficking, among others.

The Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) said on Tuesday that they arrested seven people suspected of belonging to organized crime and seized firearms, narcotics, burglary tools and balaclavas.

The arrests took place last week in two separate police interventions.

On Wednesday, August 10, at approximately 2:35 a.m., officers from the ECLIPSE unit first intercepted a vehicle with illegally tinted windows traveling on rue Vittel, in the borough of Saint-Léonard. After finding that the driver had provided them with a false identity, officers discovered a handgun, burglary tools and two balaclavas inside the vehicle, the SPVM said in a statement.

The two occupants of the vehicle, Krantz Melu Audate, 25, and Dexter Alonza Ajay Hall Junior, 22, appeared at the Montreal courthouse and face multiple charges, including possession of a firearm prohibited.

The same night, around 5 a.m., SPVM officers arrested five individuals as part of an investigation into the drug trafficking, in the borough of Verdun.

A search inside a dwelling allowed the SPVM Narcotics unit to get their hands on a handgun as well as various quantities of crack, of cocaine, crystal meth, GHB and Xanax.

Three of the suspects apprehended – Alexandre Carbonneau-Blais, 36, Nicola Di Iorio, 34, and Kim Gagnon, 29 years old – also appeared at the Montreal courthouse and are charged with possession of a firearm and possession of narcotics for the purpose of trafficking.

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