Police made numerous arrests and seized millions of dollars worth of illegal drugs across southeast Ontario and Quebec early Wednesday in a bust of an international drug trafficking ring.
The bust, dubbed Project Takeout, involved more than 300 officers from a variety of law enforcement agencies — including the Toronto Police Service, the RCMP, Niagara Regional Police, Ontario Provincial Police and the Canadian Border Services Agency.
Police searched 23 locations in the Greater Toronto Area, the Niagara Region and Quebec early Wednesday.
They had arrest warrants for 16 people, 14 who were taken into custody, said Insp. Cliff Sexton of the Niagara Regional Police.
The investigation began nine months ago in the Niagara area, said Sexton. The drug ring extends into the United States, Spain, Colombia and Holland, he said.
He couldn't go into details of what was seized, but said a lot of the searches are still ongoing. Some of these places might take hours to search.
But he could confirm that police had seized cash, handguns, and machinery used to manufacture heroin.
More information will be made public at a Niagara police news conference on Thursday, Sexton said.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010