Provincial police say they’ve arrested and charged 10 people after an investigation into firearms and drug trafficking in southwestern Ontario.
Police say the eight-month probe uncovered four separate criminal networks allegedly involved in the trafficking of cocaine, firearms, explosives, and cannabis.
They say two of those networks were operating in the London, Ont., area, while two others were working in the Brantford, Ont., region.
Members of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club in the London area are responsible for trafficking cocaine in large quantities, OPP said.
Police say they seized 31 firearms, some of which are from Canada and the U.S., while the origin of others is unknown.
Deputy commissioner Chuck Fox says they also seized more than 80 grenades and other explosives.
“Public safety is our number one concern,” said Fox.
“We have determined that these are not Canadian military explosives, though they are made to look like military-grade equipment. We are confident that the source has been identified and we want to assure the public there is no threat to safety.”
A total of 10 people have been charged with 268 offences.
“Project WEAVER has revealed the availability of truly alarming offensive weapons and firearms, which compromise the safety of the citizens of Ontario. It is imperative that law enforcement continue the fight against illegal firearms and those who choose to engage in their trafficking,” said OPP Commissioner Thomas Carrique.
“The OPP is committed to a safe and secure Ontario and this investigation has prevented numerous illegal firearms, weapons, and large quantities of drugs from reaching our communities.”
With files from The Canadian Press