'Project Harrington' Leads to Network of Prescription Medication and Illegal Drug Trafficking

THUNDER BAY, ON, July 25, 2012 /CNW/ - Numerous charges have been laid after several Ontario police services including Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) executed a number of search warrants in relation to a joint forces drug investigation.

At a media conference in Thunder Bay, OPP Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau (OCEB) Commander -- Chief Superintendent Mike ARMSTRONG -- joined representatives of the Thunder Bay Police Service, Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service, Anishinabek Police Service, and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to reveal details of the investigation -- dubbed Project HARRINGTON.

The six-month investigation targeted a network that transported and distributed large amounts of oxycodone and cocaine from southern Ontario to north-western Ontario, including First Nations communities.  Members of the Toronto Police Service who provided assistance throughout the investigation as well as members of the Peel Regional and Waterloo Regional Police Services who assisted with the search warrants were also acknowledged.

A total of nine (9) Controlled Drug and Substances Act (CDSA) search warrants were executed at locations in the Greater Toronto Area, Mississauga, Kitchener-Waterloo and Thunder Bay, including at the Thunder Bay District Jail. In all, police laid 95 charges against 11 persons, seven (7) of whom are in custody and four (4) others remain at large. Quantities of drugs worth approximately $1.13-million and cash were also seized. The charges include: Directing or Participating in a Criminal Organization; Trafficking and/or Conspiracy to Traffic; and Breach of Probation. One of the individuals - an employee of the Thunder Bay District Jail - is charged with Breach of Trust.

A Drug Strategy Coordinator for the City of Thunder Bay was present to support enforcement as one of the keys to reduce the harm caused by drug abuse. The investigation continues and more charges may be forthcoming.

NOTE: The list of persons charged has been appended to this media release (see ADDENDUM - Project Harrington - Charged Persons).

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ADDENDUM - PROJECT HARRINGTON - CHARGED PERSONS

NAME AGE CITY OF
RESIDENCE
CHARGE COURT & DATE
and LOCATION of
COURT
Rashad WAQUAD 71 MISSISSAUGA, ON
  • Criminal Organization - Participate
  • Criminal Organization - Commit
  • Conspiracy to Traffic (Oxycodone) x Global
  • Conspiracy to Traffic (Cocaine) x Global
  • Conspiracy to Traffic (Oxycodone) x 2
  • Conspiracy to Traffic (Cocaine) x 1
  • Trafficking (Oxycodone) x 2
  • Trafficking (Cocaine) x 1
Date: TBD
Thunder Bay
Zahed KHAN 20 TORONTO, ON
  • Criminal Organization - Participate
  • Criminal Organization - Commit
  • Conspiracy to Traffic (Oxycodone) x Global
  • Conspiracy to Traffic (Cocaine) x Global
  • Conspiracy to Traffic (Marihuana) x Global
  • Conspiracy to Traffic (Oxycodone) x 3
  • Trafficking (Oxycodone) x 3
Date: TBD
Thunder Bay
Jabir KHAN 39 THUNDER BAY, ON (DISTRICT JAIL)
  • Criminal Organization - Direct
  • Criminal Organization - Participate
  • Criminal Organization - Commit
  • Conspiracy to Traffic (Oxycodone) x Global
  • Conspiracy to Traffic (Cocaine) x Global
  • Conspiracy to Traffic (Marihuana) x Global
  • Conspiracy to Traffic (Oxycodone) x 3
  • Conspiracy to Traffic (Cocaine) x 1
  • Trafficking (Oxycodone) x 3
  • Trafficking (Cocaine) x 1
Date: TBD
Thunder Bay
Brandie MOSHER 35 Toronto, ON
  • Criminal Organization - Direct
  • Criminal Organization - Participate
  • Criminal Organization - Commit
  • Conspiracy to Traffic (Oxycodone) x Global
  • Conspiracy to Traffic (Cocaine) x Global
  • Conspiracy to Traffic (Marihuana) x Global
  • Conspiracy to Traffic (Oxycodone) x 3
  • Conspiracy to Traffic (Cocaine) x 1
  • Trafficking (Oxycodone) x 3
  • Trafficking (Cocaine) x 1
  • Breach of Probation
Date: TBD
Thunder Bay
Justin CAIN 25 Toronto, ON
  • Criminal Organization - Participate
  • Criminal Organization - Commit
  • Conspiracy to Traffic (Oxycodone) x Global
  • Conspiracy to Traffic (Cocaine) x Global
  • Conspiracy to Traffic (Marihuana) x Global
  • Conspiracy to Traffic (Oxycodone) x 3
  • Conspiracy to Traffic (Cocaine) x 1
  • Trafficking (Oxycodone) x 3
  • Possession for Purpose of Trafficking (Oxycodone) x 1
  • Trafficking (Cocaine) x 1
Outstanding
Arrest Warrant
Jolene SHIMKOFF 33 Thunder Bay, ON
  • Criminal Organization - Commit
  • Conspiracy to Traffic (Oxycodone) x Global
  • Conspiracy to Traffic (Oxycodone) x Global
  • Conspiracy to Traffic (Cocaine) x Global
  • Conspiracy to Traffic (Cocaine) x Global
  • Conspiracy to Traffic (Cocaine) x 1
  • Trafficking (Cocaine) x 1
  • Possession for Purpose of Trafficking (Oxycodone) x 1 / Breach of Probation
Date: TBD
Thunder Bay
Preston THOMPSON 23 Thunder Bay, ON
  • Criminal Organization - Commit
  • Conspiracy to Traffic (Oxycodone) x Global
  • Conspiracy to Traffic (Cocaine) x Global
  • Conspiracy to Traffic (Oxycodone) x 2
  • Trafficking (Oxycodone) x 2
  • Possession for Purpose of Trafficking (Oxycodone) x 1
Outstanding
Arrest Warrant
Neil THOMPSON 30 Thunder Bay, ON
  • Criminal Organization - Commit
  • Conspiracy to Traffic (Oxycodone) x Global
  • Conspiracy to Traffic (Cocaine) x Global
  • Conspiracy to Traffic (Cocaine) x Global
  • Conspiracy to Traffic (Cocaine) x Global
  • Conspiracy to Traffic (Oxycodone) x 1
  • Trafficking (Oxycodone) x 1
  • Possession for Purpose of Trafficking (Oxycodone) x 1
Outstanding
Arrest Warrant
Justin MORRISON 28 Weagamow Lake First Nation, ON
  • Conspiracy to Traffic (Oxycodone) x 1
  • Trafficking (Oxycodone) x 1
  • Possession for Purpose Trafficking (Oxycodone) x 1
  • Breach of Probation
Outstanding
Arrest Warrant
Dan SCHIEBLER 32 Thunder Bay, ON
  • Criminal Organization - Commit
  • Conspiracy to Traffic (Oxycodone) x 1
  • Breach of Trust
24 July
Thunder Bay
Candice STOROZUK 29 Thunder Bay, ON
  • Trafficking (Oxycodone) x 1
  • Possession for Purpose of Trafficking (Oxycodone) x 1
24 July
Thunder Bay

 

 

 

SOURCE: Ontario Provincial Police

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