Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) participated in a raid to dismantle what authorities said was a drug trafficking ring in the Abenaki community of Odanak First Nation on May 30, according to a press release.
The RCMP’s Aboriginal Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (A-CFSEU), along with the Sûreté du Québec, assisted the Corps de police autochtone des Abénakis by conducting a series of searches in and around the Odanak community, the RCMP said in its statement.
“The police searched three locations, seizing pills, marijuana and firearms,” the statement said, addignt that charges could be levied against a man who reputedly sells drugs to minors in the aboriginal community.
“I am pleased with today’s operation and with the collaborative work performed by police to protect our community,” said Éric Cloutier, director of the Corps de police autochtone des Abénakis, in the RCMP statement. “For us it is clear that no criminal activity of any kind will be tolerated in our community. I look for those who fuel their greed by destroying the lives of our young people to be brought to justice.”
The RCMP has partnered with aboriginal police in previous endeavors. About a year ago, on June 14, 2011, 500 officers from several agencies converged on Kanesatake and other Mohawk territories and seized pills, marijuana and other illicit substances, arresting nearly 40 people.
Odanak First Nation is in southern Quebec.