Project Nexus – 5.8 million dollars in drugs seized

Peel Regional Police’s Major Drugs and Vice Investigators, working with investigators from several law enforcement agencies, have wrapped up an extensive three month drug project named “Nexus”.
 
Project Nexus was a joint investigation involving investigators from Peel Regional Police’s Major Drugs and Vice unit, York Regional Police’s Drug and Vice Unit, Toronto Police’s Drug Squad – Major Projects Section and the Canada Border Services Agency. The investigation focused on the production and trafficking of Ketamine, Cocaine, Ecstasy and Marihuana.  
 
As well, over the course of the investigation, officers were able to preven an instances where suspects planned to kidnap individuals related to this criminal enterprise. 
 
In June, nine individuals were arrested and charged with drug and property related offences:
 
Leonard WONG, 32 years of age, a resident of Toronto;
Richard COURT, 43 years of age, a resident of Toronto;
Thomas FLOW, 33 years of age, a resident of Toronto;
Brian KEMP, 32 years of age, a resident of Toronto;
Gilford HOWE, 32 years of age, a resident of Toronto;
Hatim AHMED, 32 years of age, a resident of Toronto;
Abigail GOMEZ, 35 years of age, a resident of Toronto;
Benson DOUGLAS, 31 years of age, a resident of Toronto; and
Quan Chan LAO, 34 years of age, a resident of Toronto.
 
In July, twenty individuals were arrested and charged with various drug related, firearm and property related offences:
 
Manjit SETHI, 47 years of age, a resident of Richmond Hill;
Raghav SURI, 25 years of age, a resident of Richmond Hill;
Chun Siu CHAN, 40 years of age, a resident of British Columbia;
Bang Lin TRAN, 28 years of age, a resident of Vaughan;
Kevin LU, 22 years of age, a resident of Vaughan;
Quoc TANG, 36 years of age, a resident of Vaughan;
Hussein JAMMOUL, 32 years of age, a resident of Toronto;
Dennis RAWLINGS, 37 years of age, a resident of Vaughan;
Qing ZHAO, 25 years of age, a resident of Toronto;
Yang Zhong LIN, 35 years of age, a resident of Toronto;
Carl JONES, 40 years of age, a resident of Toronto;  
Jesse ERDMAN, 29 years of age, a resident of Barrie;  
Joseph NESTOROVSKI, 29 years of age, a resident of Mississauga;
Julian ARTHUR, 44 years of age, a resident of Toronto;
Khuan MAC, 56 years of age, a resident of Toronto;
Sarhaddoun SARKIS, 26 years of age, a resident of Brampton;
Ryan HARTMAN-COOKE, 22 years of age, a resident of Barrie;
Charles MABANTA, 26 years of age, a resident of Toronto;
Sieu Cuong PHU, 51 years of age, a resident of Markham; and
A 16 year-old Young Offender from Vaughan
 
Chun Siu CHAN, Raghav SURI, Brian KEMP, Manjit SETHI and Yang Zhong LIN were also charged in relation to a planned kidnapping
 
All of the above noted suspects are currently before the courts and will be appearing at the Ontario Court of Justice in Newmarket in the future. 
 
Police have also issued an arrest warrant for two suspects wanted in relation to this investigation: 
 
Malvin LOPEZ, a 30 year-old male of No Fixed Address, is wanted on numerous drug and firearm related offences. He is described as Asian, 5’7” tall, with a medium build and short dark hair. 
 
Waseem IQBAL, a 37 year-old male and resident of Mississauga, is wanted on numerous drug and firearm related offences. He is described South Asian, 5’9” tall, with a heavy build and short dark hair. He speaks with a South Asian accent. 
 
As a result of the investigation, the following quantities of drugs were seized:
 
·         Ketamine – 104kg, with a street value of $5.2 Million
·         Cocaine – 3.48kg, with a street value of $304,000.00
·         Methamphetamine – 1.03kg, with a street value of $155,250.00
·         Ecstasy – 12,770 pills, with a street value of $63,850.00
·         Ecstasy Powder – 234g, with a street value of $23,400.00
·         Marihuana – 1.3kg, with a street value of $27,240.00
 
The total dollar value of drugs seized as a result of the investigation is $5.8 Million
 
In addition, the following weapons, and associated ammunition, were also seized:
 
·         12 gauge Winchester shotgun
·         9mm Sig Sauer pistol
·         40 caliber Smith and Weston pistol
·         9mm Glock pistols (two)
·         Uzi Sub machine gun. 
·         Tasers (two)
·         One set of Nanchuka sticks
·         One butterfly knife
 
Investigators have also seized over $100,000.00 in Canadian currency and three vehicles.
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