Canadian and American law enforcement officials joined forces to dismantle a “cross-border smuggling” network at the end of January, in addition to arresting seven individuals, including a Quebecer.
The operation, dubbed “Hammerhead”, was intended to put an end to the activities of the organization that facilitated the transit of firearms, marijuana and money across the border between Canada and the United States.
On January 28, three search warrants were executed simultaneously in Cornwall and Cornwall Island, Ontario, as well as Hogansburg, New York.
A Quebecer living in the Mohawk territory of Saint-Régis, near the Canada-US border, was arrested during the operation.
The strike resulted in the seizure of 555 kg of cannabis, nearly half a million dollars in cash, three loaded handguns, magazines and five vehicles.
The operation was conducted by the Canada Border Services Agency in conjunction with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Cornwall Police Service, Ontario Provincial Police, Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service, US Department of Homeland Security and the Mohawk Tribal Police of St. Regis.