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Hells Angels and associates target of major Quebec drug raids

In this file photo, a Hells Angels insignia can be seen sewn onto a leather jacket. Marcin Obara Poland Out / EPA

About 200 police officers are participating in drug raids in the Mauricie region targeting the Hells Angels and their alleged associates.

Provincial police are leading the operation Wednesday they say is an attempt to dismantle an alleged criminal network responsible for distributing drugs in the area around Trois-Rivières, Que., about midway between Montreal and Quebec City.

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Police say roughly 30 people between the ages of 26 and 65 are the subject of arrest warrants and could face several charges including gangsterism and drug trafficking.

The operation is targeting Hells Angels and members of the Deimos Crew, a group police say is affiliated to the larger biker gang.

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One of the suspects arrested Wednesday is Paul Magnan, who police say leads a major drug network.

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Police say the Deimos Crew, led by Magnan, 54, controlled the drug market in several municipalities in the province including Trois-Rivières and Shawinigan.

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