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Helicopter jail escapees sentenced on original charges

12/19/2014 12:20 EST | Updated 02/18/2015 05:59 EST
The three men who escaped from Orsainville Detention Centre near Quebec City via helicopter over the summer have been sentenced on the original charges they faced.

Yves Denis, 35, Denis Lefebvre, 53, and Serge Pomerleau, 49, learned their fates at a Quebec City courtroom late Friday morning on charges of drug trafficking, gangsterism and conspiracy.

Denis was sentenced to 16 years in prison, while Lefebvre was handed 20 years and Pomerleau was given 22 years.

Pomerleau was also fined $3.2 million and Lefebvre, $1.3 million. If they do not pay these fines in the next five years, they will have to spend another seven and five years in jail, respectively.

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The three men were arrested in 2010 in a drug bust known as Project Crayfish on several charges, including drug trafficking and murder.

During the bust police seized multiple weapons, 41 vehicles, a plane, a helicopter and $905,000.

They are suspected of having ties to the Hells Angels biker gang.

The men will learn their sentences later on Friday afternoon for escaping from the Orsainville Detention Centre.

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