04/27/2012 02:08 EDT | Updated 06/27/2012 05:12 EDT

Mafia-linked drug bust in Montreal leads to 11 arrests

Montreal police said their anti-gang squad has dismantled a cocaine ring linked to the Mafia, resulting in 11 arrests.

Police seized drugs, cash and several weapons in a series of raids in 18 different locations in Montreal, Laval and Longueuil on Thursday.

Police said the investigation into the ring, operating in the northern and eastern ends of the island, began last fall.

Those arrested are expected to be charged Friday afternoon with counts related to drug trafficking, conspiracy and weapons-related offences.