Peel police seize more than $25 million worth of illegal drugs, largest seizure in police force history

Peel Regional Police say they have made the largest drug bust in the force’s history after a nearly a year-long investigation into a group that allegedly used commercial trucking companies to smuggle drugs across the US-Canada border.

The investigation began in November 2021 after investigators identified individuals of interest in suspected drug trafficking in the Greater Toronto Area.

In a release Wednesday, police said they quickly realized the scope of the operation was much wider and “spanned international borders”.

By the end of Project Zucaritas, police said they seized 182 kilograms of methamphetamine, 166 kilograms of cocaine and 38 kilograms of ketamine.

The street value of the drugs is over $25 million.

“Weapons, gangs and drugs are the top priority for our service… our investigators have had a significant impact on organized crime in our region,” said Nishan Duraiappah, chief of Peel Regional Police.

Police say the group used trucks to smuggle the drugs from the United States directly to Peel and surrounding regions.

“The seizures of these drugs have a significant financial impact on organized crime, which in turn will limit their ability to fund future illegal activities,” said Insp. Todd Custance, of the Peel Police Department’s Specialized Enforcement Bureau.

Once the drugs were in southern Ontario, police said two GTA companies were being used as transfer hubs involved in their distribution.

The companies are:

  • North King Logistics, a commercial transportation company located at 50 Steeles Ave. in Milton.
  • Friend Furniture, a company located at 2835 Argentia Rd. in Mississauga

 

The following people have been charged:

The following people are charged with allegations in the probe. HANDOUT/Peel Regional Police
  • Khalilullah Amin, 46, of Caledon, has been charged with two charges of trafficking in controlled substances.
  • Jaspreet Singh, 28, of Brampton, has been indicted on a charge of trafficking in a controlled substance and a charge of possession of crime-acquired property.
  • Wray Ip, 27, of Richmond Hill, has been charged on four counts of possession for the purpose of human trafficking.
  • Ravinder Boparai, 27, of Mississauga, has been charged with one count of possession of property obtained through crime, and one count of possession for the purpose of human trafficking.
  • Gurdeep Gakhal, 38, of Caledon, has been charged with one charge of trafficking in a controlled substance.

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