Largest Toronto Drug Seizure

By Ron Fanfair, Toronto Police Service Published: 11:37 a.m. October 13, 2016
Updated: 1:40 p.m. October 13, 2016

Toronto Police has made the largest-value drug seizure in its history.

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Acting Inspector Steve Watts speaks about Project Polar, which resulted in the seizure of $8.98 million in cocaine, MDMA, meth

Nicholas Shouldice, 32, was arrested on October 11 in the area of Yonge St. and Sheppard Ave. following the six-week Project Polar investigation.

A total of 73 kilogrammes of powdered cocaine, 21 kilogrammes of crystal meth and eight kilogrammes of ecstasy were allegedly seized after search warrants were executed at four locations, including Shouldice’s home and car.

The street value of the drugs is $8.98 million.

“I have been working in drug enforcement since 1991, and this is the largest single seizure,” said Acting Inspector Steve Watts, at a press conference at police headquarters on October 13. “Notwithstanding Canada Border Service Agency seizures at the border or product that is destined for Canada, in terms of a Toronto-based investigation, this is the largest seizure of cocaine.

“Prior to that, cocaine was not overtly prevalent in Toronto. In the 1980s, one kilo of cocaine was a monumental seizure. It truly didn’t come into play until the 90s. So, this is very significant.”

Drug Squad A/Insp. Steve Watts speaks about Project Polar

Of the 73 kilogrammes of cocaine seized, 17 kilogrammes were allegedly found in a pick-up truck, which had a trap and the remaining 56 kilogrammes were found in a home.

Watts said Shouldice doesn’t have a criminal record.

“We are however alleging that he was entrusted at a very high level in order to be in possession for the purpose of trafficking of that amount of controlled substances,” he added.

The suspect made a court appearance on October 13.

The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Drug Squad at 416- 808-6100; Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

Cocaine seized in Project Polar
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