A Toronto man, arrested by Hamilton Police one year ago on drug trafficking charges in the city, has been arrested by Toronto Police.
Peter Wookey, 57, is among four people facing several drug-related charges after the Drug Squad executed a series of search warrants relating to an investigation surrounding “IZMS” and “Purepillz” products sold through various retail locations and online.
A total of 13 warrants were executed between March 2 and 4 in Toronto and Peel.
It is estimated that over $300,000 in illicit drugs were seized. Police also seized $160,000 in Canadian currency, two vehicles and several computers related to the sale and production of the drugs.
Detective Constable Trevor Karkoulas said the investigation began in October 2013.
“As far as synthetic marijuana seizures go, I believe this is one of the largest,” he said, of the roughly 37,000 grams seized as part of the investigation.
Also facing charges are Anita Kolevski, 26, of Pickering; James Breckenbridge, 30, of Toronto; and Hou Feng Wang, 50, of Ancaster.
It’s alleged that the accused were involved in trafficking illicit drugs under false pretense as legal alternatives to ecstasy and marijuana. Health Canada has determined through analysis that the products are illicit and fall under the Controlled Dugs and Substances Act.
Karkoulas said the investigation is ongoing and other arrests are anticipated.
In February 2013, Wookey was arrested and charged after police seized 200 grams of marijuana and 45 grams of cannabis resins from a residence in the Hazelton Ave. and Davenport Rd. area.
Wookey and his son Adam, 29, are directors of the Pure Principals and Purepillz Corporations which manufacture, sell and distribute the Izms and Purepillz products.
In 2006, Adam was sentenced for drug trafficking in Toronto after police discovered cocaine and marijuana in his apartment. Two years later, the younger Wookey – acting as CEO of PurePillz -- was charged for unlawfully selling drugs containing benzylpiperazine (BZP) which is a recreational drug used to create hallucinogenic and stimulant effects.
On July 10, 2013, Adam Wookey was found guilty of illegally selling a drug (BZP) contrary to the Food and Drug Act.
Business owners and consumers in possession of the illicit products seized a few days ago are asked to contact police or surrender the drugs that can be harmful or fatal.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at (416) 808-6100; Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416−222−TIPS (8477), online at 222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637), or Leave A Tip on Facebook.