Firearm Cache, Heroin Seized

By Ron Fanfair, Toronto Police Service Published: 11:43 a.m. March 6, 2019

Police have seized a quantity of firearms and drugs following an investigation that started last year.

Three men near a podium with table of rifles and handguns and racks displaying shotguns and bags of white powder
Inspector Joe Matthews with Integrated Gun and Gang Task Force members displaying firearms and heroin seized at a media conferrence

In late 2018, Integrated Gun & Gang Task Force members commenced an investigation into the distribution of controlled substances and possession of firearms in the city.

On February 24, Hewan Wilson was arrested in his 2018 Toyota Highlander.

“Subsequent to the arrest, officers executed a search warrant on the motor vehicle and located a quantity of heroin and firearms,” alleged Insp. Joe Matthews at a media conference at police headquarters on March 6, noting some were loaded.

When a second search warrant was executed at a residence on Sherobee Rd. in Mississauga officers allegedly located 12 more firearms.

In total, seven handguns, three shotguns and six rifles were seized as well as four kilos of heroin, with a bulk street value of approximately $400,000, about half an ounce of cocaine, proceeds of crime and two over-capacity magazines.

Handguns on a table
Handguns alleged to have been seized in the investigation

“Of the guns that were seized, seven of them were loaded, including the two handguns that were seized in the vehicle at the time of the arrest,” said Matthews. “It’s also quite obvious that with the amount of heroin seized, this is not a street level dealer.”

Wilson, 51, is facing 100 firearms and drug-related charges.

Matthews said the investigation is ongoing.

“We are trying to determine who he may have been associated with,” he said. “At this time, we don’t have any co-accused. The reality is when you do have this number of firearms, there is some linkage somewhere to organized crime. But at this point, we don’t have that linkage.”

The accused is known to police.

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