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The Jewish sect Lev Tahor, which means ‘pure heart,’ came to Canada in 2005, after their spiritual leader Rabbi Shlomo Elbarnes was granted refugee status here.INGRID PERITZ/The Globe and Mail

Legal counsel for an ultra-Orthodox Jewish sect says Quebec authorities have conducted a search warrant at the Lev Tahor apartments just north of Chatham, Ont.

Patricia Duffield says unknown Quebec authorities and Chatham-Kent police arrived at the residences Wednesday evening.

Duffield says police had a sealed search warrant and were looking for computers and electronics in regards to an ongoing criminal investigation.

No information was provided by either Chatham-Kent police or the Quebec authorities due to the sealed warrant.

Members of Lev Tahor moved to Chatham-Kent in November, citing pressures from the Quebec education system as the reason for leaving.

An Ontario judge will decide on Feb. 3 if the children will remain in Chatham-Kent, or be sent back to Quebec to be placed in foster care.

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