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Guns, drugs, and $210k seized in major provincial bust

By CJ Goater Mar 14, 2024 | 4:47 PM

OPP Multi Jurisdictional Bust 1- Supplied via OPP

The Ontario provincial police and various police forces across the province have taken drugs off the streets in multiple cities through a large drug bust.

The OPP-led Provincial Joint Forces Guns and Gangs Enforcement Team has laid 63 charges against nine people following a multi-jurisdictional drug trafficking investigation.

“Opioids, methamphetamine and other illicit drugs have devastating impacts on our communities. The same criminals who are trafficking illicit are also often found to be in possession of illegal firearms – which, in this case, were loaded,” explained OPP Detective Inspector Lee Fulford. “Together with our partners, the OPP-led Provincial Joint Forces Guns and Gangs Enforcement Team (PGNG) will continue to reduce the supply of deadly drugs and weapons entering our communities.”

In October police became aware of individuals trafficking illicit drugs from the Greater Toronto Area to the City of London and various parts of Western Ontario.

Further investigation revealed that the individuals had also been trafficking illicit drugs to the Thunder Bay area.

On February 28, 2024, search warrants were executed at seven residences in Thunder Bay, London, Mississauga and Vaughan.

The warrant was successful and it led to the seizure of drugs, weapons, and cash including:

  • More than 3.2 kilograms of cocaine
  • More than 1.3 kilograms of powdered fentanyl
  • More than 135 grams of methamphetamine
  • Nearly 10 grams of MDMA ecstasy
  • More than 3,700 oxycodone tablets
  • More than 2,000 hydromorphone capsules
  • More than 8,000 hydromorphone (8mg) tablets
  • More than 35 alprazolam tablets
  • Nearly 80 acetaminophen and codeine tablets
  • Approximately 1500 millilitres of promethazine (liquid codeine)
  • Three loaded handguns
  • 36 rounds of ammunition
  • Two magazines
  • Drug paraphernalia
  • Counterfeit currency
  • Three silver bars, 15 silver coins, and jewelry
  • One pair of brass knuckles
  • And more than $210,000 in Canadian currency

The potential street value of the illicit drugs seized is approximately $629,000.

One Toronto resident, four Mississauga residents, and four London residents are facing the charges.

OPP Multi-Jurisdictional Bust 2 – Supplied Via OPP