Valleyfield RCMP Detachment officers, with the assistance of the Sûreté du Québec and the Régie intermunicipale de police Roussillon, arrested four subjects this morning as part of an investigation dubbed Project Cendrier. The accused were operating a cocaine, methamphetamine and viagra outlet at the Club Frontière in Rivière-Beaudette.
The accused are: Valleyfield area residents Donat Beaupré, 56, Alex Dagenais, 30, and Patrice Dagenais, 49, and André Valiquette, 52, of Saint-Constant. The evidence collected during the investigation indicates that Patrice Dagenais was in control of this outlet.
The arrests were made as a result of an undercover operation conducted by the RCMP between November 2015 and June 2016. Although the Club Frontière was the target of arson in April 2016, the undercover operation was carried on.
The accused are scheduled to appear in court today in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield to face criminal charges for drug trafficking under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.
Today's operation comes as phase three of this investigation dubbed Project Cendrier. This project targets individuals involved in tobacco smuggling, large-scale cannabis production and trafficking and cocaine trafficking in the Valleyfield region. Since December 8, 2016, this investigation 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 intended for the Montréal market.
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.