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Police Catch Three Canadians Who Escaped Prison by Helicopter

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Serge PomerleauQuebec Provincial Police / @sureteduquebec via Twitter

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Three convicts who flew the coop out of a Canadian prison — by way of helicopter — were found and arrested early Sunday, more than two weeks after their escape, police said.

Back on June 7, Yves Denis, Denis Lefebvre and Serge Pomerleau were carried away by a helicopter from a prison in Orsainville, just north of Quebec City.

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A manhunt by air and land ensued, and the three men were finally captured and detained Sunday morning, according to Quebec Provincial Police.

Investigators believe one additional person piloted the chopper, and more people might be arrested in connection with the break-out, police said.

The men were initially sent to prison as a result of Project Crayfish, a drug trafficking investigation that led to dozens of arrests, a police spokeswoman said.

Denis, Lefebvre and Pomerleau are scheduled to appear in court on Monday.

Image: Denis Lefebvre, Serge Pomerleau, Yves Denis
Denis Lefebvre, Serge Pomerleau, Yves DenisQuebec Provincial Police / @sureteduquebec via Twitter

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Three Canadian Prisoners Escape in Helicopter: Police

Quebec police capture 3 inmates escaped in helicopter jailbreak (CBC)

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