Durham Regional Police executed 22 search warrants early this morning and arrested 18 people as part of a major drug investigation.
Led by the DRPS Drug Enforcement Unit, Project Bermuda began in February 2014 after weapons and drugs were discovered in an Oshawa residence. The investigation grew in size and targeted street-level drug sellers in Durham Region.
In total, the 18 people arrested are facing 73 charges and one individual has been identified but not yet arrested. Officers seized $270,000 in illicit drugs (cocaine, hashish, marihuana), $100,000 in cash, eight firearms, two prohibited weapons, nine vehicles, a trailer and a boat.
All of the accused are appearing in court in Oshawa throughout today and a list of those charged will be available tomorrow morning.
The DRPS would like to thank the numerous partners who assisted in this project, including the: Public Prosecution Service of Canada; Ontario Provincial Police; Toronto Police Service; York Regional Police Service; Peel Regional Police Service; Halton Regional Police Service; Kawartha Lakes Police Service; Peterborough-Lakefield Police Service; Provincial Asset Forfeiture Unit; Provincial Weapons Enforcement Unit; and the Provincial Repeat Offender Parole Enforcement (ROPE) Squad.
Of the 22 search warrants executed early this morning, 16 were in Durham Region and six were in other parts of Ontario (two in Toronto, two in York, one in Pontypool and one in Bancroft). All arrests occurred without incident and there were no injuries reported.
No press conference is planned for Project Bermuda as several of the items seized are now before the courts.
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