Project Yuma nets about $1.4 M in seized drugs
Police have seized approximately $1.4 million in drugs in a joint investigation focusing on drug trafficking along Highway 401 and the Greater Toronto Area.
Drug enforcement units from the Kingston Police and the Durham Regional Police Service teamed up to target trafficking cells in an investigation they dubbed Project Yuma. Police said the cells were located in areas of the GTA and Kingston and were involved in the sale anddistribution of powdered fentanyl, cocaine and crystal methamphetamine.
Police have seized eight kilograms of cocaine, 1.5 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine, 737 grams of powered fentanyl, 10 kilograms of cannabis marijuana and half a kilogram of MDMA.
Beyond drugs, police also seized more than $750,000 in cash, three vehicles, $150,000 in property deemed proceeds of crime, a C7 assault rifle and a loaded semi-automatic handgun.
Police have charged 18 people with a total of 82 charges. The individauls come from Kingston, Toronto, East Gwillimbury, Woodbridge, Mississauga, Scarborough, Innisfil, Whitby, Amherstview and Elginburg.
Individuals charged by police from Kingston are Andreas Dristas, Jeff Couto and Ryan Denee. Matt Mabey of Amherstview and Richard Tozer of Elginburg have also been charged by police.
Dristas, 31, has been charge by police with trafficking and possession of proceeds of crime over $5,000.
Police have charged Denee, 40, with two counts of possession of a controlled substance.
Couto, 37, has been charged by police with possession for the purpose of trafficking.
Mabey, 29, is facing three charges from police including possession, possession for the purpose of trafficking and possession of proceeds of crime over $5,000.
Tozer, 37, has been charged by police with possession for the purpose of trafficking and with breaching his conditional sentence.
Durham and Kingston police have partnered in numerous other investigations, including Project Neebing that took place in 2016. That investigation resulted in 19 arrests and the seizure of $3 million worth of drugs, three handguns and more than $300,000 in cash.
Failed theft attempt
A local woman has been charged by police after officers responded to the LCBO for a failed theft attempt.
Kingston Police said that on Tuesday at approximately 6:45 p.m., a woman entered the store. She selected a bottle of liquor then left without paying. She was stopped by the store’s security, but she resisted and refused to co-operate.
Police responded and the woman was arrested without further incident. Searching the woman, officers found a flip-knife in her bra and a small quantity of crystal methamphetamine in her purse, police said.
A 29-year-old local woman has been charged by police with theft, carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a controlled drug and breaching her undertaking. She spent the night in police custody to attend bail court on Wednesday.
Drugs, cash and weapons were seized by police during Project Yuma.