Record-Breaking Drug Seizure in GTA
TORONTO – NEWS – Deputy Chief Rob Johnson and Superintendent Steve Watts of the Toronto Police Service (TPS) unveiled the results of Project Finito, a landmark investigation targeting drug importation and distribution in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). This operation marks the largest seizure of Schedule 1 controlled drugs in TPS history. The announcement highlighted the confiscation of 992 kilograms of drugs, a firearm, a vehicle, and cash totalling $95,100.
Project Finito: A Multi-Faceted Operation
Project Finito, backed by Government of Ontario funding and Criminal Intelligence Service Ontario (CISO), involved the TPS Organized Crime Enforcement Drug Squad and Task Force. The operation culminated in October 2023 with several search warrants and the arrest of seven individuals, seizing:
- 551 kg of cocaine
- 441 kg of crystal methamphetamine
- One firearm
- One motor vehicle
- $95,100 in Canadian currency
- Total drug value: $90 million
Arrests, Charges, and Legal Implications
The individuals apprehended are suspected of being part of a network distributing cocaine and crystal methamphetamine in the GTA. They face various charges, including drug trafficking, possession for the purpose of trafficking, and conspiracy to commit an indictable offence. Specific charges for each individual are detailed, with court appearance schedules provided.
Understanding Criminal Code Charges
The Criminal Code of Canada outlines severe penalties for these offences. Trafficking and possession for the purpose of trafficking in Schedule I substances (like cocaine and methamphetamine) can lead to life imprisonment. Conspiracy to commit an indictable offence can result in a maximum of 14 years in prison. Charges involving the possession of proceeds of crime and firearms include significant fines and imprisonment, reflecting the seriousness of these crimes.
Court Appearances Scheduled
Each accused individual is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice, with dates and times specified for their hearings.