Peel police have removed a sizable quantity of illegal drugs worth $12 million off the streets.
Police claim that, “Project Warrior” started in June 2021 when investigators began investigating into what they called an “organised group” with close ties to Brampton and Mississauga that was reportedly smuggling “massive” amounts of drug around the Greater Toronto Area.
Today D/Sgt Fiore and I shared the outcomes from #ProjectWarrior. It resulted in over 12M dollars in illegal drugs removed from our streets. Excellent work from all @PeelPolice whose efforts have made our community safer. #CommunitySafety pic.twitter.com/DgGH2LN02H
— Deputy Chief Nick Milinovich (@DC_Milinovich) August 30, 2022
According to the police, the total street value of all the drugs seized is $12,425,013.
Given the “serious” opioid issue in the area, Deputy Chief Nick Milinovich referred to the seizure as a “great win for the community.”
“What this means is its $12 million of a potentially lethal drug that is no longer on the street. It’s no longer available for trafficking. It’s no longer available to be shared with people who are struggling with health issues,” he stated.
We are going through a major opioid crisis in this province and Peel is no exception to that,” Milinovich stated. “We are entirely committed to continuing this work. We will address organized crime. We will address people who take advantage of the vulnerabilities in our community, and also support people that need help to get it.”
According to data on Federal actions on opioids so far provided by the Canadian government, there were 30,860 hospitalizations for opioid-related overdoses and 29,052 apparent opioid-related deaths in Canada between January 2016 and December 2021.
The investigation led to the police charging four people with more than a dozen offences.
Phi HO, a 35-year-old Kleinburg resident, is charged of seven counts of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking and Two counts of Breach of Recognizance
Quang-Thai Ho, a 38-year-old Toronto resident, is charged of three counts of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking
Quan-Binh HO, a 37-year-old Toronto resident, is charged of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking
Iman Pazirandeh, a 30-year-old Toronto resident, is charged of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking and One count of Possession of a Controlled Substance
Peel Regional Police worked together with colleagues from York Regional Police, the Toronto Police Service, Homeland Security Investigations, the Canada Border Services Agency, and the Public Prosecution Service of Canada on this investigation.