Po­lice Op­er­a­tion ‘Re­cif’

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Vic­to­ria Vanier

TheMo­d­ule des en­quetes re­gionales de l’Estrie (MERE) of the Sureté du Quebec car­ried out an im­por­tant anti-drug op­er­a­tion in the Estrie re­gion last Wed­nes­day. Of the twenty-two searches car­ried out, two were in the Coat­i­cook MRC. A hunt­ing camp on Holmes Road in Barn­ston West was searched, lead­ing to the dis­cov­ery of 21 firearms. The other search took place in a res­i­dence on the Hat­ley Road, in Compton. There po­lice found one im­i­ta­tion firearm and a quar­ter pound of cannabis.

In col­lab­o­ra­tion with Mem­phrem­a­gog and Sher­brooke po­lice forces, MERE ar­rested 29 in­di­vid­u­als, in­clud­ing Daniel Bourque, Craig Wip­pel and Amy Langlois who face charges of gang­ster­ism, drug traf­fick­ing and marijuana pro­duc­tion. The po­lice are still look­ing for two other sus­pects: Stephane Mar­cil, of Ma­gog, and Khaled Elmir, of Sher­brooke.

There­was stand­ing room only, last Sun­day af­ter­noon in the Read­ing Room of the Haskell Free Li­brary, for the Fron­tier An­i­mal So­ci­ety’s an­nual Art Auc­tion. “We were able to raise $2,030 for the shel­ter,” said Joyce Dekker, the founder of the Og­den or­ga­ni­za­tion that is cel­e­brat­ing its 26th an­niver­sary this year. “The bid­ding started off slow but picked up quickly.”

“Phil De­sormeaux did an ex­tra­or­di­nary job as our auc­tion­eer. He wore hats this year like an Egyp­tian pharaoh’s tur­ban, punk spiked hair. He was re­ally hys­ter­i­cal,” com­mented Mary Rol­land, a vol­un­teer with the or­ga­ni­za­tion. “Our auc­tion re­ally cir­cles right around Phil. He is the fo­cal point of the auc­tion and we ap­preci-

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