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Laval police on Thursday launched a major operation targeting nine persons in connection with an investigation into gun violence.

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A total of 150 officers — including personnel from the Sûreté du Québec, the RCMP and the police forces of Montreal, Deux-Montagnes, St-Jérôme and Longueuil — were in the process of executing nine search warrants of residences and six warrants on vehicles as part of an investigation that began last August.

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Laval police say those targeted are suspected of being involved in organized crime.

A Laval police spokesperson said drugs had been seized, and firearms were expected to be found during the course of the operation, which was still underway.

Thursday’s operation comes less than two weeks after a shooting incident police said was related to gang violence and forced the lockdown of Collège Montmorency.

Laval Mayor Stéphane Boyer met recently with Public Security Minister François Bonnardel to ask for additional funding from the province to allow local police to deal with the surge in gun violence.

The municipality intends to spend $60 million on the construction of a new police station in the Chomedey sector, an area hard hit by the spike in crime.

Laval police launch major operation targeting gun violence

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