Police Raid Canadian Tint Shops to Bust Up Intimidation Ring

It's not uncommon to hear of various criminals choosing illegal tint. But recently it was a criminal who chose tint as his business venue, then allegedly used criminal acts to increase market share. Gangster-like tactics didn't mix well with the business proposition, and the venture ended when as many as 150 police officers invaded a chain of Quebec-based dealerships, according to CTV News, a Montreal-based CTVGlobeMedia Inc. station.

The Surete du Quebec, Quebec's provincial police force, and local police raided tint shops in several areas including Montreal, Repentigny, Mascouche and Trois-Rivieres, arresting 27 people in conjunction with Operation Dictature (Dictatorship). The operation targeted X-Vitre Tinte, a local window film business, for allegedly trying to take over rival suppliers through threats and extortion, the station reports. Suspects face 140 charges including extortion, drug trafficking, weapons trafficking and gangsterism, but as of press time the alleged ringleader, Yannick Larose, was still being sought and believed to have fled to Mexico.

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SQ Raids Chain of Window-Tinting Suppliers

Quebec Police Raid Businesses in Tinted Window Scam

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