MONTREAL – A massive police operation led by the Sûreté du Québec and involving the RCMP, the Montreal police and other regional squads took place before dawn Thursday to crack down on a huge drug operation implicating organized crime across Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia.

Over 1,000 officers armed with 100 arrest warrants swooped down on 30 towns and cities, including Montreal.

The focus of the arrest is trafficking of cocaine and other drugs, said SQ spokesperson Gregory Gomez.

By 7 a.m., dozens of arrests had taken place and the operations centres were kept hopping with a steady stream of squad cars bringing more people in to be processed.

According to police, one of the people targeted in the bust on Thursday was Larry Ronald Amero, 35, described in a recent court decision, by the Supreme Court of British Columbia, as a member of the Hells Angels. He was almost killed last year in a shooting in Kelowna.

Amero is a member of one of the gang’s chapters in British Columbia but he listed an address on Nuns’ Island after he was recently charged at the Montreal courthouse in an impaired driving case. The police could be seen outside the same address Thursday morning.