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Daring prison escape ends in Quebec

MONTREAL — Three men who escaped by helicopter from a Quebec City-area prison two weeks ago were captured early Sunday at a Montreal residence, Quebec provincial police said.

The fugitives were arrested by police investigators, accompanied by SWAT team members, around 1:30 a.m. at a condominium building in Old Montreal, police said.

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Quebec police Sergeant Audrey-Anne Bilodeau said further arrests in the case are likely as the investigation into the June 7 escape continues. ‘‘It could be a person who helped them escape from prison or a person who helped them hide from us,’’ she said.

Police did not divulge further details about how they finally found the fugitives: Yves Denis, 35; Denis Lefebvre, 53; and Serge Pomerleau, 49. They are due in court in Quebec City on Monday.

The three men were originally arrested as part of Operation Crayfish in 2010, which dismantled a network of drug traffickers, and were awaiting trial on charges that included gangsterism and murder.

A helicopter plucked them from a courtyard of the Orsainville Detention Centre in suburban Quebec City, triggering an international search.

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