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ORGANIZED CRIME AND DRUG TRAFFICKING RINGS DISMANTLED MORE THAN $45 MILLION DOLLARS IN DRUGS SEIZED

Posted on Thursday August 08, 2019

 

 

Investigators with the York Regional Police Organized Crime Bureau - Guns, Gangs and Drug Enforcement Unit and Major Projects Unit have charged 60 people and seized more than $45 million dollars in connection with two separate investigations. Project Zen and Project Moon focused on illegal drug production and trafficking by organized crime groups in York Region and the Greater Toronto Area.  

Project Zen began in early 2019, when the Organized Crime Bureau – Major Projects Unit, assisted by Guns, Gangs and Drug Enforcement Unit, working in conjunction with the Canada Border Services Agency, continued an investigation into an organized crime drug ring associated to 14 Zenith Avenue, in the City of Vaughan. Some of the members of the drug ring had been previously been arrested and charged in 2018 when a suspect in front of a residence was arrested and found to be in possession of more than three kilograms of cocaine. As the investigation progressed, it was discovered that those previously charged, along with additional suspects, were trafficking high volumes of synthetic drugs. Search warrants were executed during the investigation and police seized five semi-automatic handguns, more than $270,000 in currency, more than five kilograms of fentanyl, which is the largest seizure of its kind in York Region,19 kilograms of cocaine, 16.5 kilograms of methamphetamine pills, and more than 56 kilograms of cannabis. They have also charged eight people.

In a separate drug investigation dubbed Project Moon, investigators with the Organized Crime Bureau – Guns, Gangs and Drug Enforcement Unit, Major Projects Unit, in a joint forces operation with the Toronto Police Service, the Ontario Provincial Police and Criminal Intelligence Service Ontario (CISO) focused their efforts on dismantling a large-scale synthetic drug network. As the investigation progressed, suspects related to Asian organized crime groups and street gangs were found to be producing and supplying methamphetamine, MDMA, shatter and mushrooms. It was also discovered that the suspects were funding their synthetic drug operations through the production and sale of illicit cannabis by abusing the Health Canada medical cannabis licencing system. As a result of search warrants that were executed across southern Ontario, more than 20,000 illegally grown cannabis plants were seized, along with more than 560 kilograms of dried cannabis, 23 kilograms of methamphetamine, 15,300 MDMA pills, nine pounds of mushrooms, 400 Viagara pills, $220,000 in currency, four firearms, including a Tech 9 machine gun with a silencer. Investigators have also charged 42 people.

Video shot during the search warrant executions is available at the following link: https://youtu.be/xYFwpCDCrAA

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