Montreal police say they seized 23 guns in Quebec last week in an attempt to address the problem of rising gun violence in the province.

On Wednesday alone, authorities say they seized five firearms and $ 80,000 in illegal cash from vehicles and residences in Montreal North, Saint-Leonard, Boisbriand on the south coast and the Laurentians.

Police say six suspects were also arrested during the operation.

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All of the suspects were linked to a shooting at a residence in Montreal’s St. Michel neighborhood on July 31, where a mother and young daughter lived. Neither man was injured in the incident.

The suspects targeted a man who had recently moved out of the apartment but who they believed was still living there. Police say all the suspects are between 17 and 20 years old.

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The other 18 firearms were seized until last Wednesday in residences in the districts of Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve and Rivière-des-Prairies-Pointe-aux-Trembles.
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According to the SPVM, from the beginning of 2021 to the end of July, the Montreal police recorded 262 offenses related to firearms.

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This comes as the Quebec government recently announced that it was creating a joint Montreal and provincial police unit to combat the problem of gun violence in the province’s largest city.
Quebec Public Security Minister Geneviève Guilbault said the unit would be permanent and would be dedicated to reducing arms trafficking.
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