Cops make ma­jor drug, gun bust

24 Hours Toronto - - News - CHRIS DOUCETTE

Two dan­ger­ous firearms and $1.4 mil­lion in drugs have been taken off the streets thanks to a four-month in­ves­ti­ga­tion that tar­geted drug deal­ers op­er­at­ing from the GTA to Kingston.

Project Yuma, which wrapped up this week, re­sulted in the ar­rests of 19 peo­ple on 82 charges re­lat­ing to drugs, pro­ceeds of crime and guns.

Durham Re­gional Po­lice say Drug En­force­ment Unit of­fi­cers launched Project Yuma in May — in part­ner­ship with Kingston Po­lice — in an ef­fort to dis­man­tle nu­mer­ous “drug traf­fick­ing cells.”

“Th­ese drug traf­fick­ing cells were in­volved in the sale and dis­tri­bu­tion of large quan­ti­ties of pow­dered fen­tanyl, co­caine, and crys­tal metham­phetamine,” spokesman Jodi MacLean al­leged Wed­nes­day.

Durham and Kingston cops also worked to­gether in 2016 on a sim­i­lar in­ves­ti­ga­tion aimed at tak­ing down ma­jor drug traf­fick­ing groups op­er­at­ing through­out south­ern On­tario.

That probe — dubbed Project Nee­bing — re­sulted in 19 ar­rests and the seizure of $3 mil­lion in drugs, along with three hand­guns and more than $300,000 in cash.

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