Police forces dismantle Ottawa-based drug trafficking network
Ottawa Police Service (OPS), the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) held a joint news conference on Thursday, jan. 30, 2014 to brief media on the results of a 2-year Joint Forces Drug Investigation dubbed "Project Anarchy".
A major drug bust involving three different police forces netted 24.5 kg or 54 lbs. of cocaine and a number of arrests, Ottawa Police announced Thursday.
Dubbed “Project Anarchy”, Ottawa Police, Ontario Provincial Police and the RCMP said they’ve broken up a high-level and Ottawa-based drug trafficking network.
Search warrants were executed early yesterday morning throughout Ottawa.
Police say this drug trafficking network was led by Hisham "Terry" Alkhalil and that he and his family have been known to police for several years.
Nine men, mostly from Ottawa, are facing charges including trafficking cocaine, possession of cocaine for the purposes of trafficking, careless storage of a firearm and possession of a prohibited/restricted firearm with ammunition readily available.
In all, 75 charges were laid. The amount of cocaine seized has a street value of more than $12 million.
10 vehicles and four firearms were also seized.
Police say this network has ties to ties to organized crime groups on international, national and local levels.
19-year-old Reagan Kavanagh of Ottawa had been wanted on a Canada wide warrant but turned himself into police.
Police say Ravinder Grewal and Bassam Elouta of Toronto are still wanted on Canada wide warrants and should be considered armed and dangerous.