Longtime organized-crime cop arrested in Montreal; accused of tipping off criminals

MONTREAL – A former Montreal police officer has been arrested on suspicion of selling sensitive information to biker-gang members.

Provincial police say he was a longtime organized-crime investigator who worked with a specialized police unit comprising different forces.

Benoit Roberge was arrested Saturday by police, and when he was stopped he was allegedly in the company of an individual linked to the Hells Angels crime gang.

In his lengthy career as an organized-crime investigator, Roberge testified in criminal trials against biker gangs.

A provincial police tactical squad was used to arrest Roberge and the unnamed second individual in a location south of Montreal.

Roberge was arraigned Sunday via video link.

Quebec provincial police say Roberge is expected to appear in court again this afternoon, where the charges against him will be laid out.

Provincial police Insp. Michel Forget says Roberge retired from the Montreal force in August, but an investigation had been ongoing for a few months.

Roberge is being questioned by police today.

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