Police in Peel region say they've seized more than $5.8 million worth of illegal drugs and arrested 29 people in connection with a drug trafficking and production operation.
The lion's share of the seizure involved ketamine, with an estimated $5.2 million worth of the painkiller kept off the streets, said police on Thursday.
The arrests and the seizures were the result of a three-month investigation conducted by police agencies in Peel, Toronto and York as well as the Canada Border Services Agency.
A number of firearms, ammunition and even a set of nunchuks were among the items also seized as a result of the probe.
"This is one of the largest seizures we have seen and we've had minimal seizures over the last two years," said Insp. Deb McDonald of the Peel Regional Police..
Police allege the 29 who were arrested were moving ketamine, cocaine, heroin, ecstasy, methamphetamine and marijuana through Toronto's Lester B. Pearson airport. Almost all of those who were arrested are residents of the GTA.
They face a number of different drug, firearm, and property related charges. Five of those arrested were also charged in relation to a planned kidnapping, police said.
Police wouldn't specify how the suspects were smuggling drugs through the airport.
Police say they're still looking for two more suspects in connection to the ring.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
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