Sep 27, 2011
Toronto-Area Residents Face 69 Charges Following Four-Month Covert Operation
ORILLIA, ON, Sept. 27, 2011 /CNW/ - Police have charged three (3) Greater Toronto Area (GTA) residents with a total of 69 offences following a four (4) month, covert investigation into a drug and weapons trafficking ring.
The investigation - known as "Project Worsley" - focused on cocaine and weapons trafficking operations that were centred in the GTA but had links to other parts of Ontario. During the course of the investigation, police seized:
Members of the Ontario Provincial Police Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau's Provincial Weapons Enforcement Unit, Asset Forfeiture Unit and Drug Enforcement Unit, with support from Durham Regional Police Service, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Toronto Police Service and York Regional Police Service were successful in advancing this investigation.
Those charged will be held for bail court at Old City Hall Courthouse, 60 Queen Street West in Toronto on September 27, 2011. Warrants have been issued for a number of other Toronto area residents in connection with this ongoing investigation.
"Illicit drugs and illegal weapons continue to be a scourge in society
and an ongoing threat to public safety. I'm proud that -- together with
our partners - our dedicated members have been able to reduce the
threat through this investigation."
-- Chief Supt. Mike ARMSTRONG, OPP Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau
"Organized crime reaches deeply into communities across Ontario. Project Worsley is yet another example of police working together to suppress that
activity and help achieve our shared goal of safe communities."
-- Inspector Steve CLEGG, Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau-Central
EDITOR'S NOTE - Four (4) photos of items seized by police during this investigation accompany this media release.
Image with caption: " ATV. (CNW Group/Ontario Provincial Police)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20110927_C6891_PHOTO_EN_3874.jpg
Image with caption: "Cocaine. (CNW Group/Ontario Provincial Police)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20110927_C6891_PHOTO_EN_3868.jpg
Image with caption: "Firearm and ammo. (CNW Group/Ontario Provincial Police)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20110927_C6891_PHOTO_EN_3870.jpg
Image with caption: "Marihuana. (CNW Group/Ontario Provincial Police)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20110927_C6891_PHOTO_EN_3872.jpg
For further information:
|Media Contact:||Detective Staff Sgt. Scott Mills|
|OPP Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau - Central|
|Drug Enforcement Unit - Community Drug Action Team|
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