O.P.P. Organized Crime Unit shuts down Cornwall restaurant

Firefighters help O.P.P. officers with a ladder as they take the letters off Cedar's On Wheels after a bust May 27, 2015. (Cornwall Newswatch/Bill Kingston)

CORNWALL — The O.P.P. and its Organized Crime Section (OCS) have shut down a Cornwall restaurant on Pitt Street as part of Project Harden.

Officers raided Cedar’s On Wheels around 10 a.m. this morning. Broken glass littered the sidewalk outside the establishment at the corner of Third Street.

City police, despite citizen reports, say there was no shooting this morning.

Inside, officers were laying out evidence place-markers and taking photographs. Investigating officers also tore apart a small sedan parked in the driveway, which had Ontario plates. An officer could be seen carrying away a Quebec licence plate.

An evidence marker sits on the counter of Cedar's On Wheels after a police raid May 27, 2015. The eatery has been permanently shut down. (Cornwall Newswatch/Bill Kingston)
An evidence marker sits on the counter of Cedar’s On Wheels after a police raid May 27, 2015. The eatery has been permanently shut down. (Cornwall Newswatch/Bill Kingston)

Cornwall firefighters showed up later with a ladder to allow officers to begin tearing down the signs for Cedar’s On Wheels. A moving truck later showed up and started removing the contents include fryers and cooking appliances.

Meanwhile, less than three kilometers away, near St. Lawrence College, Cornwall police surrounded a home with their guns drawn. One person was reportedly arrested.

Several area schools and the college were in a “hold and secure” as a precaution but most of those security measures were lifted by late morning (Wednesday).

The two crime scenes are connected and were part of a multi-force operation dubbed “Project Harden.” The investigation, which focused on gun trafficking, involved two O.P.P. departments, Ottawa police, Cornwall police, the CBSA, RCMP and Akwesasne police.

A news conference is being held Thursday morning at 10:30 a.m. in Long Sault to release details of the investigation.

Click on the photos below to open a gallery of pictures from the scene.

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