Joint probe takes down illegal drug and gambling operations

Eleven Charged; Illegal Drugs and Weapons Removed From Supply 

ESSEX COUNTY, ON, March 7, 2014 /CNW/ - Several Ontario residents face charges following a lengthy investigation involving in illegal drug trafficking, bookmaking and gambling operations.

Based on information linked to previous Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau (OCEB) investigations in the Greater Toronto Area, Project HELENSBURGH took on another organized crime group in the Windsor area. This group is suspected of conducting illegal online gambling, bookmaking, and illicit drug distribution. On March 6, 2014, police executed nine (9) search warrants at five residences and four vehicles in the Windsor area as well as locations in the Town of Amherstburg and the City of London.

At a news conference today, OPP Deputy Commissioner Scott Tod and Superintendent John St. Louis of the Windsor Police Service revealed details of Project HELENSBURGH.

Project HELENSBURGH was conducted in partnership with the Windsor Police Service. Members of the OPP Organized Crime Team, Windsor Police and the London Police Service Emergency Service Unit assisted with executing the warrants. During the investigation, police seized one kilogram (2.25 pounds) of cocaine worth approximately $50,000, 16 kilograms (31 pounds) of marihuana worth approximately $77,500, two (2) prohibited weapons (one handgun and brass knuckles), $6,000 in cash, $45,000 worth of jewellery, and two (2) vehicles as proceeds of crime.

Eleven (11) people ranging in age from 21-43 years have been charged with 43 offences -- 17 charges relating to illegal gambling, 17 Controlled Drug and Substances Act (CDSA) charges, three (3) counts of Possession of Property Obtained by Crime, three (3) counts of Extortion with Violence, two (2) Prohibited Weapons offences and one other Criminal Code offence. (See PROJECT HELENSBURGH -- ADDENDUM OF CHARGED PERSONS below).

All of the accused persons are expected to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Windsor at various times and dates. The investigation continues.

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The Ontario Provincial Police Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau (OCEB) has a mandate to work with its partners to facilitate the disruption and suppression of organized crime, which affects the citizens of Ontario. OCEB provides members and operational support to investigations on a provincial, national, and international level, working in cooperation with law enforcement agencies from around the world.

QUOTES

"This joint investigation means thousands of dollars have been taken out of major criminal enterprises and prevented illegal drugs from getting into our communities." - Scott TOD, Deputy Commissioner, Ontario Provincial Police 

"Project HELENSBURGH is yet another example of how effective law enforcement is at working together to target and tackle criminality." - Superintendent John St. Louis, Windsor Police Service.


PROJECT HELENSBURGH - ADDENDUM OF CHARGED PERSONS - 7 MARCH 2014


NAME AGE MUNICIPAL RESIDENCE CHARGE COURT & DATE
and LOCATION of
COURT
Sang NGUYEN 38 Windsor, ON
  • Engage in Book-Making
  • Record a Bet
  • Possess Money related to Bookmaking
  • Provide Betting Information related to Sports
  • Did send, transmit or deliver messages by telephone that convey information relating to betting
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime
TBD
Windsor
Anthony AMANTE 22 Windsor, ON
  • Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking
  • Conspiracy to Traffick Cocaine
  • Counsel Suicide
  • Extortion with Violation (x3)
  • Drive Disqualified
  • Conspiracy to Traffick Cannabis Marihuana
  • Engage in Book-Making
  • Record a Bet
  • Possess Money related to Bookmaking
  • Provide Betting Information related to Sports
  • Did send, transmit or deliver messages by telephone that convey information relating to betting
  • Possession of a Narcotic
Bail Hearing
07 Mar 14
Windsor
Adam WRAY 23 Lasalle, ON
  • Conspiracy to Traffick Cocaine
  • Trafficking Cannabis Marihuana
  • Conspiracy to Traffick Cannabis Marihuana
TBD
Windsor
Brooke DOYLE 25 London, ON
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime
  • Possession of a Narcotic
TBD
Windsor
Frank MOLLE 24 Windsor, ON
  • Conspiracy to Traffick Cocaine
  • Possession of Prohibited Weapon
  • Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking in Narcotic
TBD
Windsor
Kevin LAUZON 30 Windsor, ON
  • Conspiracy to Traffick Cocaine
TBD - Windsor
Marc MIREAULT 33 Amherstburg, ON
  • Trafficking Cannabis Marihuana
  • Conspiracy to Traffick Cannabis Marihuana
  • Possession of a Narcotic
TBD
Windsor
Matthew
ATHANASOPOULOS
21 Lasalle, ON
  • Conspiracy to Traffick Cannabis Marihuana
  • Trafficking Marihuana
TBD
Windsor
Tyler Peter WASILEFF 41 Windsor, ON
  • Engage in Book-Making
  • Record a Bet
  • Possess Money related to Bookmaking
  • Provide Betting Information related to Sports
  • Did send, transmit or deliver messages by telephone that convey information relating to betting
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime
Bail Hearing
Windsor
Kyle GREENING 23 Windsor, ON
  • Conspiracy to Traffick Cannabis Marihuana
  • Possession of Prohibited Weapon
  • Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking in Narcotic
TBD
Windsor
Adam ZAROD 43 Windsor, ON
  • Engage in Book-Making
  • Send, transmit or deliver messages by telephone that convey information relating to betting
TBD
Windsor

 

SOURCE Ontario Provincial Police

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PC Stephanie Moniz
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