02/26/2014 01:24 EST | Updated 04/28/2014 05:59 EDT

Montreal street gang linked to St-Michel attempted murder

Montreal police have made seven arrests of alleged street gang members following an investigation into an attempted murder in St-Michel in December.

Montreal police Const. Dany Richer said officers carried out nine searches today in Montreal and Laval-area homes and stores. 

He said the searches led to the arrests of seven people — men and women between the ages of 30 and 50.

Richer said four of those people are facing charges of attempted murder, and three of them are facing narcotics-related charges. 

"Investigators believe it's related to Asian organized crime," Richer said.  

The investigation stems from a stabbing that took place outside on Dec. 28 near the corner of Bélair Street and 12th Avenue in Montreal's St-Michel neighbourhood. 

The victim, a 22-year-old man, was severely injured. 

Another man, 21, was arrested on the scene. 

At the time, police said blood spatter led them to a nearby house, where they found a marijuana grow-op. 

According to Richer, police now believe that two suspects were trying to get inside that residence on Bélair Street.