Quebec orders probe into chopper jailbreak

Combination photo shows the escapees (L-R) Denis Lefebvre, 53, Serge Pomerleau, 49, and Yves Denis,...

Combination photo shows the escapees (L-R) Denis Lefebvre, 53, Serge Pomerleau, 49, and Yves Denis, 35, who escaped from Orsainville Detention Centre using a helicopter. REUTERS/Surete du Quebec/Handout via Reuters

QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 12:03 PM ET

QUEBEC CITY — Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard has ordered an internal investigation into the brazen chopper jailbreak near Quebec City last weekend.

Three inmates were able to fly away from Orsainville detention centre, 15 months after two other criminals masterminded a similar helicopter escape from a jail north of Montreal.

"That's two escapes by helicopter in Quebec," Couillard told reporters in Quebec City on Wednesday. "That's two too many."

The premier said Wednesday he has received conflicting information from his own bureaucrats about how the latest jailbreak happened.

"The government is not satisfied with the flow of information, co-ordination of information, the contradictory aspect of certain information which has been transmitted," he said.

Fugitives Serge Pomerleau, Denis Lefebvre and Yves Denis are currently on trial for their alleged roles in drug dealing and murder.

Interpol confirmed to QMI Agency that it has issued an Orange Notice to its 190 member countries to be on the lookout for the men.

However, Quebec provincial police believe the trio might be hiding out somewhere in the province.

Couillard's government is trying to persuade the feds to set up no-fly zones above high-risk Quebec jails.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security told QMI that it's getting involved in the manhunt.

"We are closely monitoring the search for the prisoners who escaped in Quebec and we are ready to help our Canadian partners," said spokesman Steve Sapp.


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