Approximately $2 million in cash, drugs, vehicles and other items seized during Project Shrike were on display Tuesday at the R.S.McLaughlin Armoury in Oshawa.
DRPS Chief Constable Mike Ewles, Insp. Don Perron of the O.P.P.’s Asset Forfeiture Unit and members of the Project Shrike investigative team were on hand to discuss the project led by Durham police.
Project Shrike began as a street-level drug investigation after a Bowmanville couple was charged in May 2010 with possessing cocaine for the purpose of trafficking. Links to other municipalities slowly began to emerge. Approximately 100 officers, led by the DRPS Intelligence Branch, executed search warrants throughout the GTA and Peterborough last week. Nineteen people were arrested and a total of 115 charges laid.
During the investigation officers seized four kilos of mephedrone, a chemical compound growing in popularity among young people. This is the first time mephedrone or “meow” as it’s known on the streets, has been seized in Durham Region.
Officers also seized 14 vehicles, 13 kilos of marihuana, six kilos of cocaine, half a kilo of hash and over $400,000 in cash. The street value of the drugs seized is over $1 million.
The search warrants were executed in Durham Region, Peterborough, Markham, Toronto and Peel Region. DRPS would like to thank the Peterborough Lakefield Community Police, the Ontario Provincial Police, the City of Kawartha Lakes Police, York Regional, Peel Regional and the Toronto Police Service for assisting. Officers from the Provincial Asset Forfeiture Unit are continuing to investigate the seizures.
The list of those arrested and charged is attached.
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Chief Ewles Addresses The Media (JPG file, 96.2K bytes)
List of Arrests and Charges (PDF file, 45.6K bytes)