MONTREAL — The RCMP says it arrested four people Thursday morning and seized nine containers of stolen cars from Ontario and Quebec that were destined for Africa.
Police confiscated 29 Toyota, Lexus and Acura vehicles, as well as a stolen boat. Fifteen vehicles are still being sought.
Members of the ring shipped vehicles to Angola, Guinea, Burundi and other African nations through the Port of Montreal, Mounties said in a statement.
"The investigation was initiated thanks to the vigilance of Canadian customs officers who identified containers destined for export that contained stolen vehicles," said the RCMP, describing the alleged thieves as members of "a sophisticated criminal network."
Police were looking for several other suspects.
The stolen vehicles come from Ontario as well as Montreal and Quebec City.
Vehicle identification numbers were altered and the identities of import/export companies were stolen to make bogus registration documents, say police.