Investigation Takes Down Illegal Drug And Gun Traffickers
08 Nov, 2017, 11:00 ET
Seven People Charged - Illegal Drugs and Weapons Seized
OTTAWA, Nov. 8, 2017 /CNW/ - Members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau (OCEB) have shut down an illegal weapons and drug operation in the Ottawa area.
Project LANDSLIDE began in May 2017 with involvement of OCEB members and the assistance of the Ottawa and Gatineau Police Services, with a focus on high-level drug and firearms traffickers.
On Monday, November 6, 2017, officers executed several search warrants in the Clarence-Rockland area as well as in the City of Ottawa and City of Gatineau.
Seven people were arrested and charged as a result of the investigation and searches. Several of the accused have already appeared before the Ontario Court of Justice while others remain in custody.
During the searches and prior investigation, officers seized a number of firearms including:
- AK-47 assault rifle and high capacity magazines
- AR-15 assault rifle and high capacity magazines
- SKS semi-automatic rifle with bayonet
- UZI submachine gun
- Six handguns
- Ammunition for all listed firearms
Officers also seized approximately $1.7 million worth of cocaine, methamphetamine pills and marihuana, as well as more than $150 thousand worth of cash.
At a news conference today, OPP Chief Superintendent John Sullivan and representatives from the Ottawa and Gatineau Police Services unveiled details of the investigation and images of the evidence seized during the year-long probe.
For a full list of the accused and their charges as well as access to photos of the seized weapons and drugs, visit: www.opp.ca/media/landslide.
The Ontario Provincial Police Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau (OCEB) has a mandate to work with its partners to facilitate the disruption and suppression of criminal enterprises, 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.
"Removing these guns and drugs from our communities is a victory for the safety of our citizens. Regardless of jurisdiction, the OPP and our law enforcement partners will continue to identify and aggressively pursue those individuals who continue to threaten the safety and security of people in Ontario and Quebec." – Chief Superintendent John Sullivan, OPP Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau
SOURCE Ontario Provincial Police
For further information: Media Contact: Constable Guy Prevost, Ottawa OPP Detachment, Phone: 613-290-5604, E-mail: [email protected]
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