Inspector Michel Pelletier, from the Sûreté du Québec; Annie
Beausejour, with Canada Border Agency; James Spero, with
US Homeland Security; and Superintendant Denis Blanchard,
with the RCMP
Nicola Valvano, 53, who was described as an influential member of the Montreal Mafia, was among the arrested.
The Toronto Sun reported: "It's the "largest investigation of contraband tobacco ever undertaken in North America," according to Quebec provincial police."
About 400 law-enforcement officers – including members of the Quebec provincial police, the RCMP, other police forces, customs agents and U.S. authorities – were involved in the operation.