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Friday, 10 December, 1999, 08:58 GMT
Canadian swoop on 'Russian Mafia' suspects


Police in Canada investigating a suspected East European crime syndicate say they have made many arrests, in Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and other cities near the United States border.

A spokesman said more than thirty-five people had been detained and that the arrests were the most significant action against east European organised crime in North America since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

The crimes under investigation include drug trafficking, fraud, vice and money laundering.

The police say those involved are considered to be unusually ruthless and violent.

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