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article imageProject Khiar nets 66 drug related charges in Toronto

By KJ Mullins     Jan 28, 2011 in Crime
Toronto - For a year the Toronto Police Drug Squad Major Projects Section, in partnership with York Regional Police, Peel Regional Police and the Canada Border Services Agency have been investigating opium importation in the Greater Toronto Area.
The investigation dubbed Project Khiar was completed on Wednesday with police seizing 190 kilograms of opium and 44 kilograms of Ephedrine, a precursor for producing Crystal Methamphetamine, capable of producing approximately 40 kilograms of Crystal Methamphetamine, valued at $8.8 million. The police also seized four luxury vehicles in the process.
Seven men and two women have been arrested and 66 charges have been laid including global conspiracy to import opium.
Fardin Ayati−Ghaffari, 47, of Richmond Hill, Saeid Chegini, 27, of Richmond Hill, Mansour Chegini, 50, of Richmond Hill, Naeim Dehghansai Ghahramanlou, 27, of Richmond Hill, Somayyeh Fathollahi−Ghocheh, 26, of Toronto, Shahin Azhadi, 38, of Richmond Hill, Mehrdad Barehi, 40, of Toronto, Mohsen Rouhani Esfahani, 44, of Toronto and Crystal Lee Eden, 31, of Toronto.
Three more suspects are wanted for a total of 9 drug-related charges: Lakhbir Shokar, 46, Mohamed Medhi Sajjadi, 41, and Jamshid Royan, 41. Police do not have a fixed address for these suspects.
The police are asking for assistance by the public in this investigation. There is reason to believe that people may have been used unwittingly to receive shipments of products from Iran. These people may have been approached to accept packages that may have had opium concealed within without their knowledge.
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