Big deer-poaching ring busted in southern Quebec
Published Thursday, February 25, 2010 10:24AM EST
Wildlife agents say they've broken up a deer-poaching ring that involved more than 80 suspects.
The Natural Resources department says the ring operated out of Farnham, Sainte-Sabine, Stanbridge Station and Lacolle. The communities are in the Richelieu valley towards the U.S. border.
A two-year investigation, aided by tips from the public, led to raids by 100 agents Wednesday and Thursday. Officers seized 550 pounds of deer meat as well as a vehicle, six firearms and hunting equipment.
The suspects face 100 charges and could be fined thousands of dollars.
More charges could be laid in the future, says the department.