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Five arrested in Clarence-Rockland after OPP raid
ALEXIA MARSILLO email@example.com
Ontario Provincial Police successfully raided nine locations across Ottawa, Gati- neau and Clarence-Rockland onMonday, November 6 as part of a six-month long operation entitled “Project Landslide.” Seven suspects were arrested, five of which are from Clarence-Rockland, the others fromOttawa and Gatineau.The raids targeted drug and weapon trafficking, all believed to have ties to Ottawa street gang operations. During the six-month long inves- tigation and the arrests, OPP have seized an AK-47, AR-15 rifle, six handguns, a subma- chine gun, as well as ammunition for the weapons. OPP also seized approximately $1.7 million worth of cocaine, metham- phetamine pills and marijuana as well as $150,000 in cash. Youssef Jouma (38), Nicklas Martin (23), Matt Mercier (29), LeopoldMercier (64) and Marianne Mercier (62) are among those arrested from the City of Clarence-Rockland. Marco Dubien (27) fromGatineau and Dee- pan Budlakoti (28) from Ottawa were also arrested and charged. Jouma has been charged on two counts of possession of proceeds of crime and two charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking marijuana. Martin has been charged with three counts of possession of property obtained by crime and three counts of possession of cocaine and methamphetamine for the purpose of trafficking. Matt Mercier was charged for multiple counts of traffickingmethamphetamine and cocaine, possession of proceeds of crime and breach of recognizance. He was also jointly charged with LeopoldMercier for conspiracy to traffic cocaine and methamphetamine. Leopold and Marianne Mercier were jointly charged with 15 counts of unlawful possession of handguns and 15 counts of possession of proceeds of crime. «Removing these guns and drugs from our communities is a victory for the safety of our citizens,” said John Sullivan, chief superintendent of the OPP Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau, during a news confe- rence held on Wednesday, November 8. “Regardless of jurisdiction,” Chief Sullivan stated, “the OPP and our law enforcement partners will continue to identify and aggres- sively pursue those individuals who continue Temporary road Closures Johnston Road, located between Russell and Et- tyville Roads in Bourget, is closed for an undeter- mined period due to flooding.A portion of Lac Road in Saint-Pascal-Baylon, located south of Maison- neuve up to Lalonde roads, is also closed. The flooding comes after heavy rains were experienced beginning last Monday, October 30, which continued throughout the remainder of the week.A flood watch was issued early last week, on Tuesday October 31, throughout the South Nation Conservation jurisdic- tion, which stated water levels were expected to increase. Higher water levels can cause flooding in low lying areas such as this. Boileau Road, located approximately 1.8 km south of Russell Road in Bourget, is also closed temporarily until further notice, and has been since Monday, October 30. The detour is through Schnupp. Residents are also advised to stay away from rivers as this weather may increase river flow rapidly. SNC will continue to monitor water levels. – Alexia Marsillo
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United Counties of Prescott-Russell approve cell service resolution The United Counties of Prescott-Russell council (UCPR) gave its official approval to a resolution of support to a cellphone service improvement project for Eastern Ontario.The Eastern Ontario Wardens Caucus (EOWC) and the Eastern On- tario Regional Network (EORN) are working on a region-wide plan to improve cellular phone service and eliminate “dead zones” in cell phone service in Eastern Ontario.The twin goals of the project are to help further stimulate and support economic growth in the region and also improve public safety by ensuring that contact with and between fire, ambulance and police services by cellphone is possible during emergency situa- tions. The EOWC and EORN have targeted cell service improvement as a natural extension of the broadband project. – Gregg Chamberlain La Police provinciale de l’Ontario a effectué avec succès un raid dans neuf localités d’Ottawa, de Gatineau et de Clarence- Rockland, le lundi 6 novembre, dans le cadre d’une opération de sixmois intitulée Project Landslide. Sept suspects ont été arrêtés, dont cinq sont de Clarence- Rockland et les autres d’Ottawa et de Gatineau. Les raids ont ciblé le trafic de drogue et d’armes, tous censés avoir des liens avec les opérations des gangs de rue d’Ottawa. Au cours de l’enquête de sixmois et des arrestations, la PPO a saisi un fusil AK-47, AR-15, six armes de poing, une mitraillette, ainsi que des munitions pour les armes. La PPO a également saisi pour environ 1,7 million de dollars de cocaïne, de pilules de méthamphétamine, de marijuana ainsi que 150 000 $ en espèces. —photos fournies to threaten the safety and security of people in Ontario and Quebec.» During the raids, the homes of the sus- pects were searched, as well as storage faci- lities and a business. Project Landslide began inMay 2017 and is a largemulti-jurisdictional investigation, which has resulted in the seizure of high- powered weapons and drug, targeting high- level drug and firearm traffickers.
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