(Vancouver) Vancouver police arrested five men and recovered more than 24 kilograms of illegal drugs after a lengthy investigation into a gang originating from Quebec.

A ministry release said members of the gang known as Area 43 established their operations in Vancouver and were the subject of a 14-month investigation by the Organized Crime Section.

The release said investigators executed five search warrants in May – three in Vancouver and two in Burnaby.

He said police recovered a large quantity of drugs, including seven kilograms of fentanyl, 11 kilograms of cocaine and two kilograms of methamphetamine.

Investigators also seized two handguns and more than $150,000 in cash.

Police said the five men arrested, along with others identified in the investigation, will face “numerous drug and criminal charges” once the investigation is complete.