Firearms, Drugs Seized in Joint Op

By Ron Fanfair, Toronto Police Service Published: 12:39 p.m. February 18, 2019
Updated: 6:16 p.m. February 18, 2019

A joint investigation between the Toronto Police Drug Squad and Ottawa Police has resulted in the seizure of seven firearms, drugs and ammunition and an arrest.

Several Firearms being shown.
Seven firearms were seized during Project Moses

At a media conference at police headquarters on February 18, Inspector Steven Watts of the Drug Squad said Project Moses commenced last October.

“Throughout this investigation, numerous addresses, including residences, stash locations and motor vehicles were identified as being under the control of three different individuals,” said Watts.

A number of search warrants conducted on February 14 and 15 led to the seizure of an SKS semi-automatic rifle, six handguns, 1,016 rounds of ammunition, 2.5 kilos of powdered cocaine, one kilo of fentanyl, half kilogram of heroin, two kilograms in marijuana and about $60,000 in cash.

The value of the illicit drugs seized is nearly $700,000.

Nicholas Ortega, 42, of Ottawa was arrested and charged. He will appear in court at Old City Hall on February 20.

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A quantity of drugs seized during the joint operation

Arrest warrants have been issued for 34-year-old Vincent Huang and Daniel Siu, 33.

“Search warrants were conducted at the addresses of these two individuals and at storage lockers and on vehicles,” said Watts. “We are dealing with vehicles that had multiple traps that product and firearms were concealed in.”

He said the investigation also resulted in the seizure of trap furniture.

Watts is urging Wang and Sui to contact their lawyers and turn themselves into police.

“If not, I trust we will locate them and bring them back because there are Canada-wide warrants for their arrest,” he added.

Deputy Chief James Ramer attended the media conference.

“This is another example of good work by our officers and multiple jurisdictions at the same time collaborating effectively,” he said.


Money shown on table.
About $60,000 was seized during Project Moses
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