Sûreté du Québec police officers from the Argenteuil MRC station, under the coordination of the Level 1 drugs from DECCO Rive-Nord unit carried out two searches and five drug-related arrests on February 19 in Lachute.

The police, assisted by the tactical intervention group, the judicial identity service as well as a dog handler, conducted searches of two homes on Avenue d’Argenteuil in Lachute.

Three men and two women from Lachute, aged 39 to 60, were arrested.  They were subsequently released but must appear in court at a later date and could face a series of narcotics charges.

During this operation, the police seized:

  • Almost 400 methamphetamine tablets;
  • Almost 170 grams of cocaine;
  • More than 30 grams of crack;
  • Over 180 grams of loose cannabis;
  • More than 50 cannabis tablets;
  • Almost 5 grams of hashish;
  • Equipment intended for drug trafficking;
  • More than $ 9000 in Canadian currency;

The operation resulted from an investigation initiated in December 2020 following information received from the public.

Coordinated by the Ministry of Public Security, the ACCES Cannabis program (Actions Concertées pour Contre les Économie Souterraines) is a government initiative which began in 2018 intended to fight against cannabis smuggling at all stages of supply, ranging from illegal production to neighborhood smuggling, across Québec.  Its objective is to promote the integrity of the Québec tax system, to reduce accessibility of cannabis for young people, and directing consumers to a legal and safe market.

Any information on criminal acts or suspicious events can be communicated to the Criminal Information Center of the Sûreté du Québec at 1 800 659-4264.