25 illegal drugs worth $1.7 million seized as police bust Ontario-wide trafficking ring

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Investigators from York Regional Police’s (YRP) Organized Crime and Intelligence Services – Major Projects Unit have made 25 arrests and broken up a large-scale drug trafficking ring that stretched across Ontario.

According to a police release, officers opened an investigation into a drug trafficking ring in June 2021. The individuals initially investigated residency and trafficking in controlled substances in York Region. As the investigation progressed, it was discovered that this group was also responsible for trafficking controlled substances in the Greater Toronto Area and other parts of Ontario, including Durham Region, London and the Kawartha Lakes region.

As this investigation grew, a team of investigators from York Regional Police, Durham Regional Police Service, London Police Service, Ontario Provincial Police and of the Toronto Police Service has set up a joint operation called Project Entrust.

The police investigated these individuals for more than a year, before systematically arresting and charging the suspects. Between June 2021 and June 2022, an investigative investigation and 19 search warrants resulted in 25 people being charged with 113 criminal offenses, YRP spokeswoman Constable Amy Boudreau said.

Officers seized approximately $1.7 million worth of illegal drugs, including: 7.5 kilograms of methamphetamine, 2.7 kilograms of cocaine, 18 grams of crack cocaine, 534 grams of fentanyl, 115 tablets of oxycodone, 89 tablets of hydromorphone, 48 Percocets and 27 tablets of Vyvanese. Investigators also seized $23,000 in firearms, ammunition and magazines and $136,000 in Canadian currency. Two stolen vehicles were also recovered and one vehicle was seized as proceeds of crime.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the York Regional Police Major Projects Unit at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 6970, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-tips, leave an anonymous tip online at www.1800222tips.com.

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