Two trials in 2017 for accused in gun trafficking ring

O.P.P. and Cornwall police officers congregate outside a Pitt Street restaurant May 27, 2015 after a morning bust. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

CORNWALL – Two Cornwall men facing drug charges, as part of a gun trafficking ring, will be going to trial early next year.

Paul Nassif, 38, and Hussein Yassin, 41, were charged in May 2015 as part of a multi-police force trafficking probe called Project Harden.

The bust saw a downtown Cornwall eatery and a home near St. Lawrence College raided by police.

Nassif is facing one charge of breach of probation and another of trafficking in cocaine.

Yassin is charged with a single count of trafficking in cocaine.

A Cornwall court has set aside three days starting January 31, 2017 for the trail in an Ontario court.

One of the key players in the gun trafficking ring – 32-year-old Sonia Bernier of Saint Hubert, Que. – is serving a seven year prison sentence.

The other five accused are still making their way through the court process.