The anti-drug operation carried out by the Sherbrooke Police Service on Wednesday not only helped to get hold of a large quantity of narcotics, but also a large sum of money.
In addition to the narcotics, the police also discovered $ 95,200 in cash and a loaded 9mm weapon, which had been reported stolen, three rifles and ammunition.
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More than half of this amount was seized at Omar Hamroun’s residence on Smith Road in the Township of Hatley.
After spending the night in detention, the 48-year-old added on Thursday to the list of defendants who appeared in court.
Five charges were laid against him, including the possession of a loaded prohibited weapon and concealment.
At his residence in the Township of Hatley, the police discovered a 9mm loaded weapon and $ 53,000 in cash.
“The presence of the Task Force is necessary during this type of search, particularly because of the high risk that loaded weapons will be there, as is the case here,” says Carrier.
Hamroun was released conditionally following his appearance before Judge Guylaine Tremblay of the Court of Quebec.
Criminal Attorney Me Émilie Baril-Côté and Defense Counsel Jean-Guillaume Blanchette have agreed on conditions of release.
During the seven searches of Sherbrooke, Montreal and Hatley Township, investigators seized 2546 methamphetamine tablets, 16 grams of cocaine, 1.6 kilograms of marijuana and hashish.
“We were surprised to grab a larger amount of money than we thought at the base. This large sum of money was distributed to the seven places searched, “said the spokesman of the Sherbrooke Police Service, Martin Carrier, during the assessment of this operation, Thursday.
Vehicles were seized as good from crime.
“Cocaine was provided to vendors and deliverymen on the road. These vehicles were used in drug trafficking. Even if there is no direct link established with organized crime, it is never far away with this type of independent network. They have to buy from larger players to get large amounts of cocaine, “says the SPS spokesperson.
Four individuals, including the 26-year-old alleged head of the ruling Nicolas Bergeron, appeared in court on Wednesday.
Bergeron as well as Nicolas Lapointe and Félix Brouillet-Nadeau remain detained for the moment. Ian Duval had been released.
Three others were arrested during the operation, including at least one who was released on a promise to appear.
The police struck on Dauversière Street at Bergeron, on Élaine-C.-Poirier Street, Gaspé and Mimi-Shea Streets in Sherbrooke, on Des Ormeaux Street in Montreal and on Smith Road in the Township of Hatley.
Approximately 50 police officers from the Sherbrooke Police Service and its intervention group, the Montreal Police Service and the Regional Joint Squad participated in this major operation.
“The investigation is continuing. This type of survey gives us a lot of information. The analysis of accounting and customer lists or cell phones allows us to push the investigation further, “said the SPS spokesperson.