10/24/2013 17:06 EDT | Updated 01/23/2014 18:58 EST

RCMP busts Hamilton cocaine importing ring

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police say they have dismantled a major drug operation importing and trafficking cocaine into the Hamilton area via Pearson International Airport.

As a result of the six-month investigation, three Hamilton area men were arrested. The arrests were made with the help of Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and Hamilton Police Service.

RCMP seized more than five kilos of cocaine at Pearson during the investigation. The cocaine was being imported from various South American locations. Several illegal marijuana grow operations were also dismantled as a result of this investigation.  

"The importation and trafficking of harmful, illegal drugs and their related crimes have a devastating effect on our communities, like those in the Greater Hamilton Area. [This project] is a fine example of inter-agency co-operation targeting organized crime groups that only seek to enrich themselves with no regard for the health and safety of our Communities,” said RCMP Inspector Todd Gilmore.         

Police say they expect to make further arrests and charges.

More to come.