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article imageMajor drug bust in Toronto,over $1 million in drugs seized Special

By KJ Mullins     May 12, 2010 in Crime
Toronto - On Wednesday a major drug bust took place in as many as six locations resulting in nine arrests in the Greater Toronto Area by the the RCMP Greater Toronto Area Drug Section and the Toronto Police Service Major Drug Unit and Border Patrol.
Information is slowly filtering out about the investigation.
Cpl. Cathie Glenn, RCMP Media Relations, "O" Division, has confirmed through a telephone interview that nine people were arrested on Wednesday by a three team joint task force for the importation of opium and trafficking of heroin into the Greater Toronto Area.
Glenn said that of those arrested some were already on the radar of police and some were "at the right place for us and the wrong place for them." All of those arrested are currently in the court system.
Glenn said it was "very likely that they will be detained at this time."
It is not known at this time if there are more outstanding warrants on this case, said Glenn.
It is known that the drugs that were brought into the GTA arrived in various methods.
"We know that some of the drugs were carried into the Toronto area were stored in heavy metal cylinders like machinery parts," Glenn said, "The suspects used various ways of bringing in the opium and heroin."
The drugs originated in the Middle East and were sent to Europe and then to North America.
"I can't say at which borders the drugs were brought into Canada at this time," Hall stated.
During today's bust there were also over 10,000 Ecstasy pills seized. "The property seized is valued over $1 million."
On Thursday morning a major press conference will be held by the RCMP about today's arrests after a 15 month investigation by the the RCMP Greater Toronto Area Drug Section in partnership with the Toronto Police Service Major Drug Unit and Border Patrol.
Thursday afternoon Project OVIZERI released additional information about their investigation. 11 individuals are charged as a result of the investigation and search warrants executed yesterday. Police seized evidence linking OVIZERI targets to an additional seizure of 23 kilograms of opium which brings the total opium seized over the investigation to 60 kilograms.
Shahram Kyani, 42, of Toronto, Hoshang Dejdar, 47, of Richmond Hill, Gboyega Oyegoke, 44, of Brampton, Luis Ramos, 53, of Toronto, Oxana Zhurilo, 37, of Thornhill and Marzieh Sulaimani-Manesh, 31, of Toronto have been charged with various charges including importing opium, conspiracy to import opium, trafficking heroin, and laundering proceeds of crime.
One suspect turned himself in this morning to Toronto Police Service 33 Division and will be charged. One suspect is still at large and a warrant is being sought for his arrest.
Three additional individuals have been arrested unrelated to Project OVIZERI. Charged with possession of ecstasy for the purpose of trafficking is Ahmad Rajabpour, 45, of Toronto. Charged with possession of opium are: Ahmad Fatahi, 34, and Mostafa Nezhadpak, 37, both of Richmond Hill.
Drug arrests by Project OVIZERI-drugs brought into Canada using various methods
Drug arrests by Project OVIZERI-drugs brought into Canada using various methods
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Drug arrests by Project OVIZERI-drugs brought into Canada using various methods
Drug arrests by Project OVIZERI-drugs brought into Canada using various methods
RCMP handout
Drug arrests by Project OVIZERI-drugs brought into Canada using various methods
Drug arrests by Project OVIZERI-drugs brought into Canada using various methods
RCMP handout
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