Operation ‘Kayak’ in Townships nets 28

The Regional Task Squad (ERM) of the Eastern Townships launched a major operation in connection with drug trafficking, Wednesday, resulting in the arrest of 28 suspects, including a member of the Hells Angels.In addition to these arrests, 16 searches were carried out in Sherbrooke, Cleveland, Saint-Denis-de-Brompton, South Stukely, Windsor, Laval, Sainte-Christine, and Dudswell.This operation, codenamed ‘Kayak’ was conducted by ERM Estrie and involved 235 police officers from the municipal forces from Sherbrooke, Memphremagog, Bromont, Granby, along with the Sûreté du Québec, and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.Joint regional squads are partnerships between several police departments and agencies that have the mandate to fight against organized crime by targeting different levels of criminal organizations and their activities.The investigation has identified Boulanger as the head of a network responsible for maintaining the “flow” of profits from traffickers in the Eastern Townships to the Hells Angels.In addition, five separate cells operating under Boulanger were identified along with their leaders. They are Serge Pinard, 40, who ran a Sherbrooke network alongside; Danny Barrier, 41, and Nicolas Drouin, 33., Guy Boucher, 46, of Cleveland; and Stéphane Rouleau, 45, from Saint-Denis-de-Brompton.The suspects appeared in court Wednesday in Sherbrooke to face charges of gangsterism, conspiracy to traffic, possession of narcotics for the purpose of trafficking, drug trafficking and production of marijuana.