09/25/2013 01:36 EDT | Updated 11/25/2013 05:12 EST

Pot raids in Nunavut, Montreal net 1,000 plants, 22 kgs

Police in Nunavut and Quebec say they've busted up a major pot-smuggling operation.

More than 1,000 cannabis plants have been seized along with 22 kilograms (50 pounds) of marijuana from a Montreal grow-op and several people have been arrested in Nunavut, Nunavik and Montreal.

The bust was a co-operative investigation by RCMP and Kativik Regional Police, with help from Canada Post inspectors.

Police say the pot was grown in Montreal, and mailed to Nunavut and Nunavik. Local dealers would then sell the drugs in Northern communities, at high prices.

Raids were conducted yesterday in some northern communities, as well as Montreal.

RCMP say the trafficking ring has been operating for several years. And one of the people arrested in Montreal is believed to be the kingpin of the operation. Police say the investigation is ongoing, and there could be more arrests.