Toronto Police seize $61 million in drugs, 20 arrested

Toronto Police’s largest international drug takedown includes:
* 444 kilos of cocaine
* 182 kilos of crystal meth
* 427 kilos of marijuana
* 300 oxycodone pills
* $966,020 in CDN currency
* 21 vehicles, including 5 tractor-trailers
* 1 firearm

Jason Hall, 43, of Surrey, B.C., turned himself into police in Toronto last week

South Asian accused include:

Gurbakhash Singh Grewal, 37, of Brampton

Amarbir Singh Sarkaria, 25, of Caledon

Harbaljit Singh Toor, 46, of Caledon

Harwinder Bhullar, 43, of Caledon

Sarjant Singh Dhaliwal, 37, of Kitchener

Gurveer Dhaliwal, 26, of Kitchener

Gurmanpreet Grewal, 26, of Kitchener

Sukhwant Brar, 37, of Brampton

Parminder Gill, 33, of Brampton

 

TORONTO Police announced on Tuesday that over a thousand kilograms of illegal drugs and nearly $1 million in cash were seized after the launch of a seven-month investigation, Project Brisa, in November 2020.

At a news conference, Toronto Police Chief James Ramer said the quantity of drugs seized is staggering.

A total of 444 kilos of cocaine, 182 kilos of crystal meth, 427 kilos of marijuana, 300 oxycodone pills, 21 vehicles, including five tractor-trailers, $966,020 and a firearm were seized.

The street value of the drugs is estimated to be more than $61 million.

A total of 35 search warrants were executed across Canada, leading to the arrest of 20 people, including a youth. They are facing 182 charges.

Two other suspects are outstanding and warrants have been issued for their arrest.

They are William Nhan, 23, and Scott McManus, 38, both of Toronto.

Police are alleging that tractor-trailers, equipped with hydraulic traps capable of smuggling up to 100 kilograms of illicit substances at a time, were used.

Throughout the project, investigators identified a person known as the ‘Trap Maker’ who was allegedly responsible for building hidden compartments within the tractor-trailers for the purposes of smuggling large amounts of contraband across borders.

Jason Hall, 43, of Surrey, British Columbia, turned himself into police in Toronto last week and is charged with conspiracy to commit an indictable offence and participation in a criminal organization.

Ramer thanked the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Windsor Police Service, Montreal Police and FINTRAC (Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada) for their assistance.

He said the project uncovered what police allege to be criminal connections stretching from Vancouver to Halifax domestically and throughout the United States into Mexico.

Toronto Police also collaborated with the United States Department of Homeland Security and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration.

‘Brisa’ is Spanish for breeze.

“The initial seizure was from a tractor-trailer carrying a load of hairdryers,” said Insp. Tyrone Hilton who leads the Toronto Police Drug Squad. “That’s where the name of the operation came from.”

THE ACCUSED:

Jason Hall, 43, of Surrey, B.C.
Conspiracy to Commit an Indictable Offence
Participate in a Criminal Organization

Ryan Nikolakakos, 28, of Toronto
Three counts of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking Schedule I Substance
Possession of Proceeds of Crime over $5000

Zaw Min Htoo, 23, of Toronto
Two counts of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking Schedule I Substance
Instructing the Commission of an offence for a Criminal Organization
Commit an Offence for the benefit of a Criminal Organization
Participate in a Criminal Organization
Conspiracy to Commit and Indictable Offence

Damoy Searchwell, 24, of Toronto
Trafficking Schedule I Substance
Possession of Proceeds of Crime over $5000
Commit an Offence for the benefit of a Criminal Organization
Participate in a Criminal Organization
Conspiracy to Commit an Indictable Offence

Samet Hysa, 28, of Vaughan
Trafficking Schedule I Substance
Commit an Offence for the benefit of a Criminal Organization
Participate in a Criminal Organization
Possession of Proceeds of Crime over $5000
Possession of Property Obtained by Crime
Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm
Possession of a Firearm Knowing it Possession is Unlawful
Careless Storage of a Firearm
Possession of a Loaded or Restricted Firearm

Hanif Jamal, 43, of Toronto
Two counts of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking Schedule I Substance
Possession of Proceeds of Crime over $5000

Wei Jie Huang, 28, of Toronto
Trafficking Schedule I Substance
Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking Schedule I Substance
Possession of Proceeds of Crime over $5000
Commit an Offence for the benefit of a Criminal Organization
Participate in a Criminal Organization
Conspiracy to Commit an Indictable Offence

Nadeem, Lila, 35, of Toronto
Two counts of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking Schedule I Substance
Possession of Proceeds of Crime over $5000

Yusuf Lila, 68, of Toronto
Two counts of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking Schedule I Substance
Possession of Proceeds of Crime over $5000

Gurbakhash Singh Grewal, 37, of Brampton
Conspiracy to Commit an Indictable Offence
Importation of a Schedule I Substance
Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking Schedule I Substance
Two counts of Participate in a Criminal Organization

Amarbir Singh Sarkaria, 25, of Caledon
Conspiracy to Commit an Indictable Offence
Importation of a Schedule I Substance
Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking Schedule I Substance
Participate in a Criminal Organization

Harbaljit Singh Toor, 46, of Caledon
Four counts of Conspiracy to Commit an Indictable Offence
Four counts of Importation of a Schedule I Substance
Five counts of Participate in a Criminal Organization
Three counts of Commit an Offence for the benefit of a Criminal Organization
Two counts of Instruct to Commit an Offence for a Criminal Organization
Counsel to Commit an Offence not yet Committed
Four counts of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking Schedule I Substance

Harwinder Bhullar, 43, of Caledon
Participate in a Criminal Organization
Possession of Proceeds Over $5000

Sarjant Singh Dhaliwal, 37, of Kitchener
Four counts of Conspiracy to Commit an Indictable Offence
Four counts of Importation of a Schedule I Substance
Four counts of Participate in a Criminal Organization
Three counts of Commit an Offence for the benefit of a Criminal Organization
Instruct to Commit an Offence for a Criminal Organization
Two counts of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking Schedule I Substance
Two counts of Possession of a Schedule I Substance

Gurveer Dhaliwal, 26, of Kitchener
Four counts of Conspiracy to Commit an Indictable Offence
Four counts of Importation of a Schedule I Substance
Four counts of Participate in a Criminal Organization
Three counts of Commit an Offence for the benefit of a Criminal Organization
Four counts of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking Schedule I Substance

Gurmanpreet Grewal, 26, of Kitchener
Four counts of Conspiracy to Commit an Indictable Offence
Four counts of Importation of a Schedule I Substance
Three counts of Participate in a Criminal Organization
Three counts of Commit an Offence for the benefit of a Criminal Organization
Instruct to Commit an Offence for the benefit of a Criminal Organization
Four counts of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking Schedule I Substance

Sukhwant Brar, 37, of Brampton
Four counts of Conspiracy to Commit an Indictable Offence
Three counts of Importation of a Schedule I Substance
Four counts of Participate in a Criminal Organization
Three counts of Commit an Offence for the benefit of a Criminal Organization
Instruct to Commit an Offence for the benefit of a Criminal Organization
Four counts of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking Schedule I Substance

Parminder Gill, 33, of Brampton
Two counts of Conspiracy to Commit an Indictable Offence
Two counts of Importation of a Schedule I Substance
Participate in a Criminal Organization
Commit an Offence for a Criminal Organization
Two counts of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking Schedule I Substance

Andre Williams, 35, of Toronto
Conspiracy to Commit and Indictable Offence
Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking Schedule I Substance
Possession of Proceeds of Crime over $5000

Accused under the age of 18,
Conspiracy to Commit an Indictable Offence
Importation of a Schedule I Substance
Participate in a Criminal Organization
Commit an Offence for the benefit of a Criminal Organization
Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking Schedule I Substance

Still wanted by police:

William Nhan, 23, of Toronto, is wanted for:
Two counts of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking Schedule I Substance
Traffic in a Schedule I Substance
Commit an Offence for the benefit of a Criminal Organization
Participate in a Criminal Organization
Conspiracy to Commit and Indictable Offence

Scott McManus, 38, of Toronto, is wanted for:
Two counts of Conspiracy to Commit an Indictable Offence
Importation of a Schedule I Substance
Three counts of Participate in a Criminal Organization
Commit an Offence for the benefit of a Criminal Organization
Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking Schedule I Substance

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