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Police seize fentanyl, guns in raids in Toronto area and Windsor

Last Updated Jul 10, 2019 at 4:00 pm EDT

Police display handguns seized during Project Oz, an investigation into a large-scale drug distribution ring that was allegedly operating in the Greater Toronto area and Windsor. CITYNEWS

Police say they have arrested six people in what they call a major drug bust in the Toronto area and Windsor.

Investigators with “Project Oz” say they seized six handguns, as well as cocaine, meth, fentanyl and nearly 2,000 narcotic pills.

They say they also found $550,000 in Canadian currency.

Drug Squad Inspector Don Belanger said police had been monitoring the group for weeks and executed a series of search warrants on properties and vehicles in Toronto, Brampton and Windsor on June 27.

Belanger said many of the seized items were found in hidden compartments in vehicles.

“As the investigation unfolded it became apparent that the individuals we were looking at in fact were highly-active in distributing large quantities of narcotics into the illicit drug market both here and in Windsor,” he said on Wednesday from Toronto police headquarters.

Four men and two women were arrested, although one has been released on bail.

Officers are still looking for two individuals on gun and drug charges connected with the investigation.

“Clearly the individuals who we have placed before the court are not kids, nor are they addicts looking to feed their own addictions. It is our allegation that they are organized criminals who chose to profit from the misfortune and addiction of others,” Belanger added.

Belanger said fentanyl is being imported from China and Mexico, contributing to the deadly opioid crisis across North America.

“The devastation that a narcotics operation of this magnitude has inflicted on individuals, their families and friends and on society as a whole is immeasurable,” he said.

Click here for a list of those arrested, the charges they face, two suspects who are at-large, and all of the items seized by police.

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