Earlier in November, Toronto police announced that they had seized hundreds of kilos of crystal meth and cocaine. The total haul the police ended up with was 671 kilograms of illicit drugs comprised of 520 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine and 151 kilograms of cocaine, valued at $58 million. Moreover, the seized drugs were on display at the police headquarters and were kept in evidence bags in front of senior officers at a scheduled press conference.
“We are here this morning to announce the largest single-day drug seizure in the history of the Toronto police service,” said Deputy Chief Pauline Gray in her interview with CBC News. In addition, Gray added that she believed the drug seizure would make the community safer. “A seizure of this size, quite frankly, is going to save lives.” The Chief credited the drug squad and the Asian organized crime task force along with others in assisting with the investigation which led to the seizure.
According to the head of the drug unit, Mandeep Man, the previous record for a large drug seizure in the city was 286 kilograms of cocaine and methamphetamine seized in April.
“I cannot understate the significance of a seizure of this size or the social cost that these drugs would have inflicted on our communities,” Man said. “Intercepting the flow of these drugs has prevented possible overdoses which we all know is an epidemic facing our communities as we speak.”
Toronto police stated that they had identified two addresses in Toronto that were allegedly used to store drugs, and used search warrants to access the two addresses and three vehicles in October. In addition, the police are currently searching for three people who are allegedly connected to the trafficking of drugs. Once apprehended, the suspects will be charged with possession of cocaine and crystal methamphetamine for the purposes of trafficking.
In addition, Man said the Toronto police have reason to believe the drugs came from across the U.S. border.