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Hundreds of police rounded up more than 90 people on Wednesday, including a man considered the former Mafia godfather of Canada, in a series of raids across the Montreal area.
More than 700 RCMP, municipal and provincial police officers fanned out across Laval and Montreal North early Wednesday morning, armed with search warrants for dozens of homes, businesses and bank accounts.
They expect to lay more than 1,300 charges against 90 suspects, including attempted murder, drug dealing, gangsterism, extortion, bookmaking and possession of restricted weapons.
Police launched a sweeping crackdown on organized crime in Montreal on Wednesday, arresting 69 people, including a Canada Border Services Agency employee and about 10 airport employees.
Police issued 90 arrest warrants and said about 1,000 charges in all are expected to be laid. Earlier RCMP reports said more than 1,350 charges would be laid.