Provincial police and Toronto police have seized drugs with an estimated street value of $200-million as part of a lengthy investigation that also involved the Canada Border Services Agency.
Eleven Ontario residents are facing numerous charges as part of Project Infinity, which began in 2010 and targeted an international drug ring with strong ties to the Greater Toronto Area.
The drugs — including 24 kilograms of heroin, and quantities of cocaine and crystal meth — were being shipped from India, Pakistan, Peru and Guatemala, police said at a news conference Wednesday.
“Even one kilogram of heroin is a rare find in Ontario,” OPP Commissioner Chris Lewis said.
Police said heroin was found woven into rugs seized at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport.
“That was the first time we had come across that method of concealment,” said Canada Border Services Agency director Goran Vragovic.
Drugs were also found hidden in crockery, vanilla powder, silver plates and a wooden clock.
“This has prevented millions of doses of drugs from getting out on the streets,” said Toronto police deputy chief Mark Saunders.
Police executed eight search warrants at businesses and residences across the GTA on Tuesday — seizing drugs, $538,000 in cash and six vehicles.
The individuals arrested range in age from 24 to 48 and are facing a total of 76 drug-related charges.
— With files from The Canadian Press