Arrests, laboratory dismantling and major seizures: the SPVM is doing a great deal in the world of traffickers
February 12, 2018

During the night of February 9 to 10, police officers from the Montreal Police Service (SPVM), with the support of several partners, carried out a vast operation against a network involved in the production and trafficking of narcotic drugs. large scale. It was linked to Italian organized crime and criminal bikers.

This operation was carried out following an extensive investigation conducted by the SPVM Organized Crime Division with the collaboration of the Sûreté du Québec (SQ), the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and the Canada Border Services Agency. Canada (CBSA). The targeted criminal network played a key role in drug trafficking in the greater metropolitan area.

In all, the police conducted six searches: four residences (Montreal, Mirabel, Terrebonne and Blainville); a warehouse in Mirabel and a clandestine laboratory in Chertsey.

Four individuals were arrested. This is Lorenzo DE ROSA, 46 years old; Marcello PAOLUCCI, 37 years old; Rudolph JEAN, 45 years old; and Lucio AUGELLO, 45 years old. They face charges for the production of substances, possession of substances for the purpose of trafficking as well as possession. The suspects appeared at the Court of Quebec on Saturday, February 10, 2018.

Marcello PAOLUCCI Rudolph JEAN Lucio AUGELLO Lorenzo DE ROSA
Marcello Paolucci Rudolph Jean Lucio Augello Lorenzo De Rosa

The police seized considerable amounts of narcotics, including 7 kg of methamphetamine, approximately 100,000 methamphetamine tablets, large batches of anabolic products, and 25 kg of phenyl-2-propanone (P2P) a product used in the manufacture of drugs. narcotics. They also seized several drug-making equipment including three tablet presses in the clandestine laboratory - each with a production capacity of 105,000 tablets per hour.

This operation may have taken place thanks to the survey work carried out following a large project conducted between June 2016 and 2017 targeting individuals involved in the manufacture of synthetic drugs, particularly fentanyl.

The fight against synthetic drugs is a priority for police organizations because they present very important health and public safety issues. Synthetic drugs are produced by improvised chemists and their manufacture and consumption are dangerous. They are also an important source of funding for organized crime.