Police Operation ‘Recif’
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-