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Montreal police bust criminal ring dating back to 2019

(CREDIT: CityNews)

MONTREAL (CityNews) – Montreal police say they’ve cracked a criminal ring that all started with an October 2019 attempted murder in Côte-des-Neiges.

“Under ‘Project Trinity,’ over 17 person’s are formally charged, 14 person’s have been arrested, and three others are the subjects of outstanding arrest warrants,” said Christine Christie, Inspector with the SPVM.

Four people have been directly charged with the 2019 attempted murder, but the investigation leading to 13 others involved in criminal activities, and more arrests could be coming.

The suspects are mainly in their 20s, with two in their 30s, and one in their 40s – including four women.

Fifteen search warrants were executed, seizing five firearms, hundreds of ammunition, and various drugs.

This, as gun violence has seen an uptick in Montreal. Patrolling and more police visibility has been increased in four neighbourhoods: Ahuntsic, Montreal North, Rivière-des-Prairies, and the Ville-Marie borough.

“We wish to reassure the public about all the work being done by the SPVM’S police officers to solve violent crimes and ensure greater police visibility in areas that need it. The neighbourhood security operation announced by [Chief Sylvain] Caron last Tuesday is continuing,” says Christie.

Officers are also conducting door-to-door operations to ensure residents feel safe.