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  Two DRPS Officers Charged in Drug Investigation

Sep 12, 2017 13:25 ET

Two Durham Regional Police officers are among five people charged in a drug investigation in Ajax.

The investigation began in the summer of 2016 when officers became aware of excessive alcohol serving and illegal drug transactions at the Black Bear Bar and Grill on Westney Road South in Ajax. As part of the investigation, it was determined two DRPS officers from West Division were associated with the owner of the establishment.

On Tuesday, September 12, 2017 the investigation, led by the Criminal Intelligence Branch and the Professional Standards Unit, resulted in five arrests related to the sale of marihuana and cocaine in connection with this establishment.

Police Constable Husen ASWAT, age 32, of West Division, with nine years of service, has been charged with: Breach of Trust x7; Trafficking in Substance Schedule 1 (cocaine) x4; Weapons Dangerous x3; Theft Under; Possession of Property Obtained by Crime; and Proceeds of Crime x3. He was held for a bail hearing and has been suspended from duty.

Police Constable Amandeep THAKUR, age 30, of West Division, with eight years of service, has been charged with: Theft Under; Breach of Trust x2; and Possession of Property Obtained by Crime. He was held for a bail hearing and has been suspended from duty.

Three other persons have been charged as part of this investigation. All three were held for bail hearings.

Rajalingam VARATHARAJAN, age 44, of Pickering has been charged with: Trafficking in a Substance Schedule 1 (cocaine) x4; and Proceeds of Crime Under $5,000 x3.

Kevin CHUNG, age 34, of Toronto has been charged with: Trafficking in a Substance Schedule 1 (cocaine) x2; and Property Obtained by Crime.

Shaun CARTER, age 40, of Ajax has been charged with: Trafficking in a Substance Schedule 1 (cocaine) x5; Possess Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000 x3; Trafficking in a Substance Schedule 2 (marijuana); Possess Proceeds Obtained by Crime Over $5,000 x2; Possess for the Purpose (cocaine); and Possess for the Purpose (marijuana).

Durham Regional Police Chief Paul Martin expressed his concerns over the charges and said they are not a reflection of the hard working and dedicated women and men of the DRPS.

"Obviously it's very concerning and disappointing when we find ourselves investigating our own employees. When we became aware of the possible involvement of our DRPS members, we conducted a vigorous investigation. No one is above the law and every one of our employees is accountable for their actions. I want to assure the community that this is not a reflection of our women and men who work so hard every day to uphold the law and keep our communities safe. We are sharing this information with the public, as we always do, in the interest of openness and transparency. We are committed to accountability and integrity as an organization," Chief Martin said.

The DRPS would like to thank the Toronto Police Service for their contribution to this investigation. Anyone with new information about this investigation is asked to call Sgt. Walker of the DRPS Professional Standards Unit at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 4366.

Anonymous information can be sent to Durham Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at www.durhamregionalcrimestoppers.ca and tipsters may be eligible for a $2,000 cash reward.

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