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Ontario police seize assault rifles, drugs, and $150K in massive bust

In addition to AK-47 and AR-15 assault rifles, a submachine-gun, and six handguns, officers also seized large quantities of cocaine, methamphetamine pills and marijuana.

OPP Chief Superintendent John Sullivan of the OPP Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau handles a seized firearm as Chief Inspector Marc Leduc of Gatineau Police Criminal Investigations, right, looks on during a news conference in Ottawa on November 8, 2017.

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OPP Chief Superintendent John Sullivan of the OPP Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau handles a seized firearm as Chief Inspector Marc Leduc of Gatineau Police Criminal Investigations, right, looks on during a news conference in Ottawa on November 8, 2017.

OTTAWA — Police say they've shut down an illegal weapons and drugs operation in the Ottawa area.

Ontario Provincial Police say the six-month investigation also involved the Ottawa and Gatineau, Que., police services and focused on alleged high-level drug and firearms traffickers.

Investigators say several search warrants executed on Monday in Ottawa, nearby Clarence-Rockland, Ont., and Gatineau resulted in the seizure of assault rifles, ammunition and drugs.

Bags of drugs, cash, firearms and other weapons are displayed in Ottawa on Tuesday November 8, 2017. Police raided several location in the Ottawa and Gatineau area on Monday.

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Bags of drugs, cash, firearms and other weapons are displayed in Ottawa on Tuesday November 8, 2017. Police raided several location in the Ottawa and Gatineau area on Monday.

They say seven people — five from Clarence-Rockland and one each from Ottawa and Gatineau — are facing numerous charges. The accused range in age from 27 to 64.

OPP say the seized firearms include AK-47 and AR-15 assault rifles with high capacity magazines, a semi-automatic rifle with a bayonet, a submachine-gun, six handguns and ammunition.

Officers also seized large quantities of cocaine, methamphetamine pills and marijuana, as well as more than $150,000 in cash.

"Removing these guns and drugs from our communities is a victory for the safety of our citizens," OPP Chief Supt. John Sullivan said Wednesday.

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