(Toronto, Ontario – Thursday, January 13, 2011) – The Royal Canadian Mounted Police Greater Toronto Area Drug Section have arrested five people and executed two search warrants in connection with the dismantling of an alleged cocaine trafficking organization.
Arrested charged with Conspiracy to Traffic a Controlled Substance are:
- ANNIS, Michael Shane, age 36 of Whistling Springs Cres., Oakville
- MECO, Julie, age 35 of Whistling Springs Cres., Oakville
- MUNRO, David, age 30 of Pagehurst Ct., Mississauga
- MORALES, Fernando age 35 of Oakville
- MATTHEWS, Edward age 30 of Millwood Rd., Toronto
Previously charged during the course of this investigation for conspiracy and trafficking related offences are:
- CHANG, Paul, age 31 of Stalmaster Drive, Markham
- CRAIGIE, Mark, age 27 of Markham
- CHING, Andy, age 24 of Oakville
- NEWELL, Paul Jeffrey, age 29 of Milton
The RCMP GTA Drug Section investigation, dubbed Project OSLEEVE, began in September 2010 and was worked on jointly with Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and with assistance from York Region Police Service. On January 11, 2011 members of the RCMP conducted coordinated arrests of five members of this criminal organization in the GTA with the assistance of CBSA. Two search warrants were executed at a business and a residence in the GTA. The investigation is still ongoing, further charges and arrest warrants are pending.
It is alleged that large amounts of cocaine and other controlled substances was being trafficked in the GTA by several persons identified in the investigation. During the course of the investigation, police have seized, approximately 10 kg of cocaine, 4.8 kg of ephedrine, 3kg of marijuana, 1.5 kg of methamphetamine, 5 grams of heroin, a small quantity of MDMA, two luxury vehicles and $240,000 cash
“This investigation is a great example of working with our partners to gather and analyze information and to identify those organized crime groups that law enforcement should focus on” stated Superintendant Rick Penney the Officer in Charge of the RCMP GTA Drug Section. “Organized crime hurts individuals in the communities we serve. That is why detecting and deterring organized crime is one of the RCMP’s priorities”
“The positive results of this investigation show how partnership between law enforcement agencies can work to advance public safety,” said Rick Comerford, Regional Director General of the Canada Border Service Agency. “This is part of the agency’s efforts to fight crime and keep our communities safe.”
All arrested appeared in Brampton Court and were released with conditions with the exception of Michael ANNIS and Fernando MORALES who remain in custody pending a bail hearing today.