NEWS
06/23/2014 08:39 EDT | Updated 08/23/2014 05:59 EDT

Captured Orsainville escapees to appear in Quebec City court

The three inmates who escaped from a Quebec City detention centre by helicopter June 7 arrived in court early Monday morning under heavy police guard.

Serge Pomerleau, 49, Denis Lefebvre, 53, and 35-year-old Yves Denis were caught early Sunday morning in a police raid on their hideout in a luxury condominium in Montreal’s Old Port.

The three men escaped via helicopter from the Orsainville detention centre. Pomerleau, Lefebvre and Denis were on trial for drug trafficking at the time of their escape and are facing trial next January for murder.

They are scheduled to appear today before Judge Louis Dionne to face charges of prison breach and escape related to their break out from the detention centre by helicopter.

The fugitives were considered dangerous but they were arrested without a struggle at a 10th floor condominium in Montreal. 

Quebec provincial police spokesman Michel Brunet said the men were unarmed and investigators recovered close to $100,000 in cash from the condo.

Police did not provide many details about the operation that led to their capture on Sunday and said it is possible that other arrests are possible in connection with the men’s escape.