More than 80 charges laid and $1.4 million in drugs seized in Project Yuma, List of charges attached
More than 80 charges were laid and $1.4 million in drugs was seized during an investigation, dubbed Project Yuma, involving multiple police services.
In May of 2017, the DRPS Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU), in partnership with Kingston Police, commenced a multi-jurisdictional drug trafficking investigation targeting a number of drug trafficking cells operating in areas from the GTA to the Kingston area. These drug trafficking cells were involved in the sale and distribution of large quantities of powdered fentanyl, cocaine, and crystal methamphetamine. Project Yuma concluded this week with 19 people facing a total of 82 drug, proceeds and firearms-related charges.
The estimated value of the drugs seized during the investigation is $1.4 million, which included more than 8 kgs of cocaine, 1.5 kgs of crystal methamphetamine, 737 grams of powdered Fentanyl, 10 kgs of cannabis marihuana and 0.5 kg of MDMA. More than $750,000 in cash, three motor vehicles, $150,000 in proceeds of crime property, an assault-style rifle and a loaded semi-automatic handgun were seized.
This is the second consecutive year that DRPS has partnered with Kingston Police to target major drug trafficking groups operating throughout southern Ontario. Project Neebing in 2016 resulted in the arrest of 19 people and the seizure of $3 million worth of drugs, three handguns and more than $300,000 in cash.
See the charge list and photograph below.
If you have any further information with regards to this investigation, please contact the DEU at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 5802.
Anonymous information can be sent to Durham Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at www.durhamregionalcrimestoppers.ca and tipsters may be eligible for a $2,000 cash reward.