Project Hammerhead seizes 555 kilos of marijuana

(Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

CORNWALL – The Canada Border Services Agency says it’s taken down a cross border smuggling operation with the arrests of seven people.

The operation, dubbed Project Hammerhead, saw simultaneous search warrants executed at properties in Cornwall, Hogansburg, N.Y. and on Cornwall Island on Thursday, Jan. 28.

The CBSA operation involved the RCMP, O.P.P., the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as well as municipal police forces in Cornwall, Akwesasne and Saint Regis.

Officers seized 555 kilograms (1,225 pounds) of marijuana as well as $467,480 in cash and $3,000 in American cash, three loaded handguns and five vehicles.

Seven people were arrested: two from Cornwall, one from Cornwall Island, one from St. Regis, Que. and three from Hogansburg, N.Y.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security arrested six people in connection to the investigation – five are facing charges. The seventh was arrested and charged by Cornwall police.

Cornwall’s deputy police chief reflected on the seizure and arrests.

“This investigation demonstrates the continued efforts of our law enforcement partners in targeting organized crime. The Cornwall Police Service is proud to have supported this high-level operation and will continue to work diligently to dismantle criminal enterprises and create a safer community,” Shawna Spowart said.

In this photo provided by the Cornwall Police Service, some of 555 kilograms of marijuana seized by authorities as part a cross border smuggling investigation. (Cornwall Police Service via Newswatch Group)
In this photo provided by the Cornwall Police Service, a handgun seized by authorities as part a cross border smuggling investigation. (Cornwall Police Service via Newswatch Group)
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