Close to $8M of cocaine seized in international drug trafficking investigation

May 11 2020, 9:20 am

Four suspects have been arrested and two remain outstanding in relation to a drug trafficking investigation, according to Toronto police.

As part of the investigation, police report that 61 kg of cocaine, with a potential street-level value of $7.9 million, has been seized.

Officials say four motor vehicles, jewelry, luxury watches, and in excess of CDN $200,000, USD $14,000, and €30,000, alleged to be proceeds of crime, have also been seized.

It is alleged that several men have been part of a sophisticated drug operation that imported cocaine to Canada, via the US, for distribution to mid- and street-level drug dealers in Toronto.

An investigation involving the Major Projects Section of the Toronto Police Service’s Drug Squad and the Canada Border Services Agency reportedly began in the fall of 2019, revolving around the group of individuals believed to be involved.

Since, police say that “Project Corredor” has involved multiple arrests and search warrants, which resulted in large seizures of cocaine and cash.

The men reportedly utilized residences in mid-town Toronto, North York, and Scarborough, to store and distribute large quantities of cocaine.

Search warrants have been executed on seven residences, six vehicles, and on bank safety deposit boxes, according to officials. Through these warrants, the seizures were made.

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It is further alleged that 20 kg of cocaine was seized from locked safes that were found in a residential apartment near Yonge Street and Sheppard Avenue, and 36 kg was located in a residential apartment near Bayview Avenue and Sheppard Avenue East.

Additionally, police say 5 kg were also seized from a residential house near Bayview and Finch Avenue East.

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According to officials, 39-year-old Patrick English, 48-year-old David Bergman, and 52-year-old Ali Baek, all of Toronto, were arrested and charged with Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking Cocaine and Possession of Proceeds of Crime over $5,000.

Ardeshir Omanian, 57, also of Toronto, was arrested and charged with Conspiracy to Commit an Indictable Offence and Possession of Proceeds of Crime over $5,000.

Police say that two men are outstanding in this investigation, and warrants are out for their arrests. Andrew Wilson, 47, and Alan Jones-Smith, 30, both of Toronto, are wanted for Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking Cocaine.

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Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-6100, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, on the Facebook Leave a Tip page, or by texting TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637).