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Project Lancia nets 23 suspects, $4.45m in drugs + cash

A joint police investigation has resulted in more than 20 people charged and the seizure of $4.45 million in controlled substances, Durham Police said yesterday.

During the six-month project, the Durham Regional Police Service (DRPS) led a joint investigation in partnership with the Peterborough Police Service, Sault Ste. Marie Police Service, Brantford Police Service and supported by the Criminal Intelligence Service Ontario (CISO).  Multiple search warrants were executed and numerous arrests were made in Project Lancia.

Project Lancia targeted a drug trafficking network, which was operating throughout the Province of Ontario.  Individuals were involved in the distribution of Fentanyl, Methamphetamine, Cocaine and illicit Cannabis products.

On Friday April 29, Durham Police alongside the Peterborough Police, the Ontario Provincial Police and Sault Ste. Marie Police, executed 24 search warrants at various locations in Peterborough, Toronto, Ancaster, Woodbridge, Caledonia and Sault Ste. Marie.

In total, 31 search warrants were executed during Project Lancia, which resulted in the arrests of 23 persons and 145 drug and firearm charges being laid. Approximately $4.45 million dollars in drugs, nine firearms, and $226,000 in cash was seized along with five motor vehicles as offence related property.

Sault Ste. Marie Police laid additional charges in relation to this project.  View their release here: https://bit.ly/3y6sbF4

Anyone with new information about this investigation is asked to contact the Drug Enforcement Unit at 1-888-579-1520, ext 5800.

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