The Toronto Police Service released a statement this morning regarding their latest drugs and firearms investigation, "Project Switch." In February, Toronto Police Organized Crime Enforcement and the Toronto Drug Squad launched a joint investigation into an illicit drug network operating in the city.
According to the statement, Toronto authorities were notified of two groups trafficking cocaine and heroin in the Greater Toronto Area, which was being imported from the United States.
Last month, police joined forces with the Toronto Police Asian Organized Crime Task Force to seize a massive quantity of drugs, firearms and other assets related to the investigation. They also charged and arrested five individuals, who are each scheduled to appear in court at Old City Hall this month and in September.
Police conducted 11 search warrants in Toronto, Holland Landing, Mississauga, Concord, and Woodbridge. From their search, they managed to seize 60 kilos of drugs and 25 firearms.
Their most valuable seizure was a house valued at $1.3 million, presumably where the illicit drugs were being stored. Nine vehicles were also seized, as well as $287,000 CAD.
Here's the full list of illicit drugs and firearms that were seized in the raid:
- 52 kilograms of Cocaine
- 7.4 kilograms of Heroin
- 3 kilograms of MDMA
- 43 kilograms of cutting agents
- 9 kilograms of Phenacetin
- 2.5 kilograms of Hashish Oil
- Nine handguns, 16 rifles, and 2 cross bows
Toronto Police reveal that they are still searching for one individual connected to the investigation, a 34-year-old man named Joevannie Peart.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact police at 416-808-2500, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com.