Toronto police say officers made the “largest single-day seizure” of illegal drugs in the service’s history.
Police said the drugs, which have an estimated street value of more than $28.5 million, were in the possession of a suspect.
“The outcome of the largest single-day illicit drug seizure in the history of the Toronto Police Service is laid before me,” the staff superintendent said. Lauren Pogue said during a press conference Thursday morning.
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“Although we have already made significant seizures, these took place over several months. The drugs in front of me were taken from one person in one day. Every time we are able to intercept the flow of illicit drugs, we save lives. But the importance of a seizure of this size cannot be underestimated.
Pogue said the seizure prevented possible overdoses.
“As we have said before, violence in our city is often driven by three factors, namely guns, gangs and drugs. And when these factors collide, the results are often tragic,” said she added.
Insp. Mandeep Mann said 189 kilograms of powder cocaine were seized along with 97 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine.
Mann said officers have launched an investigation into drug trafficking in the Yonge Street and Esplanade area.
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On April 2, 29-year-old Devante Moores was arrested in an underground parking garage at 25 The Esplanade and was allegedly found in possession of 50 kilograms of cocaine, Mann said.
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“Through further investigation, officers were able to identify a unit associated with Mr. Moores. Investigators have obtained judicial authorization to search this unit, his vehicle and his residence,” Mann continued.
“Now in this unit – what we believe to be a hideout – they have found an additional 139kg of powder cocaine and 97kg of crystal methamphetamine. We believe this hideout was used to store these drugs and then distribute them to our local neighborhoods and surrounding communities.
Mann said $50,000 was also seized from the residence.
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A “professionally constructed booby trap, more than likely used to transport large amounts of drugs and most likely firearms” was located in the vehicle, Mann said.
“Our streets in Toronto are safer thanks to this major seizure, arrest and the work of our members of the Drug Squad.”
The investigation is ongoing and the police are asking for information from the public.
“We ask for your assistance in helping us identify anyone who may be involved with Mr. Moores in this drug ring and ask if you can contact the Drug Squad directly at 416-808-6100 or choose to remain anonymous. , you can contact Crime Stoppers at 416-222-TIPS,” Mann said, adding that officers currently have no evidence to implicate anyone else.
“We don’t believe he was working alone….
“What we have seen in past investigations is that it is generally rare for such a young individual to be entrusted with such large amounts of drugs that are worth millions of dollars.”
Moores, a Toronto resident, was charged with two counts of possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking and one count of possession of crystal meth for the purpose of trafficking.
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