Watch above: Police have arrested 12 people in connection with an illegal alcohol unit operating out of an apartment unit in Ville Saint-Pierre.
MONTREAL – Police have arrested 12 people who they believe are involved in an illegal alcohol operation in the Saint-Pierre neighbourhood of Lachine.
Authorities executed search warrants in a number of apartment buildings on Camille street, near Saint-Pierre avenue at 1:45 a.m.
Police had already responded to several calls at the building in recent weeks for noise complaints and fights resulting in injuries, including stab wounds.
“We’re talking about the SWAT team, our intervention squad, K-9 unit,” explained Constable Danny Richer of the Montreal police.
“Also border patrol was there.”
During the search, police say they found illegal drugs including alcohol, methamphetamine and marijuana.
The suspects, who are known to police, face several charges.
“They will be accused of trafficking substances,” said Richer.
“They were also breaking some conditions and some of them were under arrest warrant concerning immigration and other criminal cases in Montreal.”
Some of the accused were also held by immigration officials.
Six of the 12 suspects were released and will appear in court at a later date.
There are no reported injuries. The investigation is ongoing.