09/11/2014 11:50 EDT | Updated 11/11/2014 05:59 EST

Saint John at centre of drug trafficking ring stretching to N.S., Quebec

Saint John was at the centre of the drug trafficking networks RCMP say were disrupted by a three-year investigation and several raids across southern New Brunswick Wednesday that resulted in 29 arrests.

Drugs, including cocaine and heroin, were supplied to two crime groups in Saint John via routes from Montreal and Halifax and from another crime group in Moncton, said Cpl. Chantal Farrah.

The drugs were then redistributed around Saint John and into other New Brunswick communities, including Fredericton, Oromocto, Sussex, St. George, and Grand Manan, she said.

RCMP believe the leaders of the three criminal groups operating in New Brunswick were among the people arrested on Wednesday, who are now facing a variety of drug-related charges, including possession for the purpose of trafficking, trafficking, and conspiring to possess and traffic.

RCMP held a news conference in Saint John on Thursday to provide an update on the drug sweep, which was part of an organized crime investigation, dubbed Operation J-Tornado.

Representatives from the Saint John Police Force, Kennebecasis Regional Police Force and Canada Border Services Agency, who assisted in the searches, also participated in the news conference at the federal policing office.

They sat among the spoils of the raids at homes and business in eight communities, including cocaine, heroin and marijuana, firearms and cash.

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