More than $17 million worth of drugs have been seized, two firearms recovered and two arrests made in major drug investigations in the Greater Toronto Area.
Included in the seizure is 33 kilograms of fentanyl, which is the largest in the history of Toronto Police related to a single investigation.
At a media conference at Toronto Police headquarters on December 3, Insp. Tyrone Hilton, who leads the Drug Squad, said members of the Drug Squad Enforcement Teams started a drug-related investigation earlier this fall after receiving information pertaining to a male who was allegedly trafficking drugs in Toronto.
“We are alleging that at the time of his arrest, he was in possession of a significant quantity of cocaine and fentanyl,” said Hilton. “Further to the investigation, our members sought and obtained Controlled Drug and Substance Act search warrants for two addresses in Toronto and an address in Vaughan.”
A total of 10.642 kilograms of cocaine with a street value of $1,064,200 were seized from the arrest and search warrant, 767 grams of fentanyl with a street value of $153,400 and 67.8 kilograms of crystal meth with a street value of $6,780,000.
The total street value of the drugs is $7,997,600.
On November 15, Onyejebechi Ifesimeshone, 23, of Vaughan, was arrested. He is facing three counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking a Schedule 1 Substance. Ifesimeshone remains in custody and is scheduled to make a court appearance on December 15.
In a separate investigation, officers from the Drug Squad’s Clandestine Lab Unit launched an investigation into an address in Mississauga.
It’s alleged the address was being used as a fentanyl-cutting lab as well as for the packaging and distribution of various drugs.
“We are alleging that at the time of arrest, the male was in possession of a significant quantity of drugs that were later leant to be fentanyl,” said Hylton.
On November 19, Bayaan Abdalla Jadid, 26, of Edmonton, was arrested in Mississauga.
Police are alleging Jadid was in possession of approximately three kilos or 1.2 million lethal doses of fentanyl.
A search warrant executed in Mississauga resulted in the seizure of 33 kilograms of fentanyl from the arrest and search warrant with a street value of $6.6 million, nine kilograms of cocaine with a street value of $900,000, 21 kilograms of crystal meth with a street value of $2.1 million and one kilo of heroin with a street value of $165,000.
The street value of the drugs is $9,765,000.
Also seized were $529,705 in Canadian currency, an FMK black handgun and a Star S.A 9mm pistol, two firearm silencers, 51 rounds of ammunition, a presser believed to be used for fentanyl production into brick form, a money counter and packaging and mixing equipment.
Jadid is facing eight charges, including three counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking a Schedule 1 Substance, two counts of unauthorized possession of a firearm and possession of proceeds of crime over $5,000.
He remains in custody and is scheduled to appear at a Brampton court via video link on December 9.
Superintendent Steve Watts said the drugs would have found its way into neighbourhoods and communities throughout the region causing gun violence as well as fueling drug addictions and overdoses.
“Crystal meth, cocaine and fentanyl, like all illicit drugs, severely impact the overall well-being and safety of our communities,” he said. “Fentanyl overdoses and deaths continue to occur far too often on our streets and much of the cocaine and crystal meth being sold at the street-level is now routinely laced with fentanyl.”
A dose of 2.5 miligrams can be deadly, noted Watts, holding a 5-gram package of sugar, which would be equivalent to 2,000 fatal doses.
“It is impossible to know how many overdoses these seizures will prevent, how many fewer gang-related shootings there will be or how many fewer overdose patients will have to be treated by Emergency Services or in a hospital emergency department, particularly during the current pandemic. There are absolutely no metrics that exist to accurately predict the harm that has been averted by these significant seizures.”
Insp. Susan Gomes is the second in command at 51 Division, which has the largest concentration of homeless people, including a significant amount of people with mental illness and addiction issues, as well as five of the seven sanctioned supervised injection sites in the city.
“As a result of the density of this population, they easily fall prey to those that take advantage and find themselves being victimized in a manner that the business of illicit drugs exploits,” she said. “I am convinced today’s announcement of this seizure and dismantling of a manufacturing organization will save lives or at a minimum reduce harm for many.”
Detective Operations Staff Superintendent Peter Code said the seizure reinforces the Service’s role as a partner with Toronto Public Health in response to the opioid crisis as well as to the irreparable harms that other illicit drugs cause to communities.
“A crucial role for Toronto Police in this response is to address, through enforcement, illicit drug production, supply and distribution,” said Code.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-6100 , Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477) or online at www.222tips.com.