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Canada Police seize over $3.7 million in drugs, firearms in drug busts

21:00  06 november  2019
21:00  06 november  2019 Source:   cbc.ca

Man who went into 'psycho mode' during random Coquitlam assault gets 11 years

  Man who went into 'psycho mode' during random Coquitlam assault gets 11 years A man who says he went into “psycho mode” when he randomly attacked another man at a bus loop has been sentenced to 11 years in prison. In addition to the aggravated assault committed by Tyrel William Scott, 41, on Cody Cardiff, the sentence takes into account other convictions for possession of firearms and possession of fentanyl for the purpose of trafficking.

Toronto police have arrested six people and laid almost 150 charges in relation to three investigations conducted by the force's organized crime enforcement–drug squad. 

Just under $400,000 dollars in cash and 3.7 million dollars worth of illicit drugs and were seized, investigators announced at a press conference Wednesday.

Officers executed 10 search warrants on Sept. 20, where three men and one woman were arrested and charged with numerous counts of drug possession and firearm possessions, police said in a release. 

The accused were charged with several counts of possession of powder cocaine, crack cocaine, Xanax, fentanyl, ketamine, and cannabis for the purposes of distribution. 

Man who went ‘psycho mode’ in 2011 stabbing at Coquitlam bus stop gets 11 years in prison

  Man who went ‘psycho mode’ in 2011 stabbing at Coquitlam bus stop gets 11 years in prison Tyrel William Scott, 41, followed 20-year-old Cody Cardiff off a bus and stabbed him twice, including once in the heart, in the unprovoked attack.Tyrel William Scott, 41, had been sitting next to the victim, Cody Cardiff, on a bus that stopped at Coquitlam Central Station in the early hours of Dec. 15, 2011. Scott followed Cardiff off the bus and stabbed him twice, including once in the heart.

Police say they also seized a 12-gauge shotgun, 100 rounds of 9 mm ammunition, and just over $190,000 in cash that day.

Police Chief Mark Saunders said this is the new reality when it comes to street gangs.

"What we see is there's a high profit margin," he said. "When we look at our body counts of people that are being shot, the people that are being murdered by gun activity, we correlate most of the shooting occurrences ... to gun violence. We correlate almost all of our gun activity to street gangs." 

Then on Oct. 24 and 25, police conducted six search warrants in Toronto and Markham and arrested two men. 

Both were charged with several counts of firearm possession including handguns, revolvers, and rifles. 

Police say they also seized fentanyl, heroin, powder cocaine, crack cocaine and just over $204,000 in cash.

Saunders says busts like this are significant in the overall fight against guns, drugs, and gangs in the city.

"So it's a business enterprise that uses firearms as one of their tools in their business transactions to protect their environment," he said. "When our drug squad and other agent entities have these take downs, we take away the number one driver, which is profit."

Saunders says removing the supply doesn't solve all of the problems, but it sends a message that police are out there.

Police say rocket launcher, other firearms found in Pembroke drug raid .
Police say rocket launcher, other firearms found in Pembroke drug raid How this eye-catching (but non-functional) weapon ended up in a private home on Christie Street remained a mystery as of Friday, but the Ontario Provincial Police said what they described as a rocket launcher was found when officers executed multiple search warrants on Thursday. Also found were more than a dozen other firearms, boxes of ammunition and a variety of drugs.

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