This morning, as part of a major drug smuggling investigation conducted in the Lac-Saint-François area, Valleyfield RCMP Detachment officers arrested three individuals involved in cocaine, cannabis and illegal tobacco trafficking. The police also searched two houses located in Saint-Zotique and Lancaster, Ontario.
Cocaine Smuggled from the United States
Investigators uncovered a scheme to import large quantities of cocaine into Canada. This cocaine destined for the Montréal market was routed through Los Angeles and Houston. The investigation led to the seizure of 127 kg of cocaine.
One of the individuals arrested today is Jaime Flores, 50, of Saint-Zotique. He is currently facing charges of cocaine importation and trafficking in connection with Project CLEMENZA, an RCMP investigation targeting traditional organized crime members in 2014. He had been on the run for nearly two years when was arrested in Ecuador in January 2016.
Flores is scheduled to appear in court this afternoon at the in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield to face charges of conspiracy, drug importation and possession for the purpose of trafficking.
The other two individuals will appear in court at a later date.
Officers of the Cornwall RCMP Detachment and Ontario Provincial Police provided assistance in today's operation. The RCMP also received assistance from the Sûreté du Québec and from US partners, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Homeland Security Investigations. The investigation is ongoing.
Appeal to the Public
If you have information on individuals or groups involved in drug trafficking activity, contact the RCMP at 1-800-771-5401 or your local police department.