This morning, Valleyfield RCMP Detachment officers arrested Blaise Jaime Flores, 25, of Saint-Zotique who is considered to be the main target in the investigation dubbed Project Cendrier. The investigators established that he played a facilitating role in two attempts to import cocaine from the United States. His father, Jaime Jose Flores Ramirez, 51, was charged in connection with this case on December 8, 2016.
Blaise Jaime Flores has been charged with:
- three counts of abetting Jaime Jose Flores Ramirez to fail to comply with his release conditions, contrary to section145(3)(a) of the Criminal Code;
- two counts of failing to comply with the conditions of an undertaking, contrary to section 145(3)(a) of the Criminal Code; and
- one count of failing to comply with a probation order, contrary to section 733.1(1)(a) of the Criminal Code
Project Cendrier is an investigation targeting individuals involved in tobacco smuggling, large-scale cannabis production and trafficking and cocaine trafficking in the Valleyfield region. Since December 8, 2016, Project Cendrier has led to the arrest of a dozen individuals involved in various smuggling activities, and to a number of seizures, including more than 230 kilograms of cocaine destined for the Montreal market.
Appeal to the public
If you have information on persons or groups of persons you believe to be involved in drug trafficking, the sale of illegal tobacco products or other illegal activity, please contact the RCMP at 1-800-771-5401 or your local police department.