The Associated Press
Ottawa, Canada (CP) -- Police carried out raids in Ottawa, Toronto,
and in the United States on Wednesday as part of an operation to
smash a North American organized crime network.
An Ottawa Police Department news release said "a massive, joint, law
enforcement effort" dismantled a criminal network operating in Canada
and the United States.
Witnesses said officers from two unmarked RCMP cars and three Ottawa
police cars searched a two-storey brown brick house on busy street in
Two teens, who left the house and drove off in a BMW, said they
didn't know what was going on.
A neighbour named Maria said the raids were a worry.
"But I never realized anything myself except that they were all men
here in the summer," she said.
In Toronto, police said in a statement that "the Greater Toronto Area
Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU) was part of an
integrated series of arrests and searches throughout North America
dealing with ecstacy, marijuana and money laundering."
News conferences were scheduled later in the day in Washington,
Ottawa and Toronto. Police said no other details would be released
The Canadian arm of the operation, nicknamed Project Codi, included
Ottawa police, the RCMP, Ontario Provincial Police and the Canadian
Border Service Agency.
The U.S. operation involved the Drug Enforcement Agency.
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Police in Ottawa said the operations were not related to RCMP
anti-terrorism raids conducted Monday.