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Police seize over $17M worth of drugs, significant amount of fentanyl in raids

Last Updated Dec 3, 2020 at 3:19 pm EST

Police said two men, one from Vaughan and another from Edmonton, face numerous charges as a result of the drug bust. Toronto police

Two people are facing a total of 19 charges after separate investigations netted 142 kilograms of crystal meth, cocaine, fentanyl and heroin with an estimated street value of more than $17 million.

Toronto police say after receiving information about a man trafficking drugs in Toronto, investigators began an investigation on November 15 which led to the arrest of 23-year-old Onyejebechi Ifesimeshone of Vaughan. More than 10 kg of cocaine were seized along with fentanyl and crystal meth.

He faces three counts of possession and substance for the purpose of trafficking.

Investigators then began a separate probe into an address in Mississauga where police allege a residence was being used as a fentanyl cutting lab.

Officers located and seized well over $500,000 in cash, more than 33 kilograms of fentanyl, 21 kg of crystal meth, and two firearms among other drugs and weapons.

On November 19, officers arrested 26-year-old Bayaan Abdalla Jadid of Edmonton. He is facing a total of 16 charges including three counts of possession and substance for the purpose of trafficking and two counts of unauthorized possession of a firearm.

Superintendent Steven Watts said the drugs seized prevented the equivalent of more than 13-million overdoses.

“If not intercepted and seized by our drug investigators, this extremely large quantity of crystal methamphetamine, cocaine and perhaps most disturbing, fentanyl, could have found its way into all of our neighbourhoods and beyond into other communities in the region,” Watts said.

Inspector Tyrone Hilton said these arrests is “testament to the hard work and dedication of all our officers involved in these investigations.”

“The Drug Squad actively targets those who who profit while our communities suffer and we are committed to removing drugs from our streets, disrupting criminal activity, and ultimately making our communities safer for everyone.”