Arrested:Gurjeet Mann, Jatinder Sandhar and Donovan Shah
Peel – Investigators from the Peel Street Crime Gang Unit arrested three men for drug and firearm related offences. The investigation commenced in December of 2016 and concluded on February 23, 2017.
The Peel Street Crime Gang Unit commenced an investigation into individuals responsible for trafficking in Heroin in the Brampton area.
During the investigation, a search warrant was executed at a Toronto residence. As a result,a Dominion Arms .45 calibre semi-automatic pistol, with a loaded magazine, and ammunition were located and seized.
Gurjeet Mann,a 35 year old male from Mississauga, was arrested and charged with Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking in Heroin. Mann was released on a promise to appear with a court date for March 23, of 2017.
Jatinder Sandhar, a 39 year old male from Brampton, was arrested and charged with Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking in Heroin. Sandhar was released on a promise to appear with a court date for March of 23, 2017.
The street value of their combined drug possession was over $3000.
Donovan Shah, a 25 year old male from Toronto, was arrested and charged with numerous drug and firearm related offences. Shah was held for a bail hearing an appeared before the Ontario Court of Justin in Brampton on February 25, 2017.
The street value of the drugs seized amounts to over $22 000. Also seized was just over $5000 in Canadian currency.
By Claire Theobald
Edmonton police made the largest methamphetamine bust in their history during a traffic stop last Wednesday.
“There’s a lot more drugs out there where these came from,” said Insp. Dwayne Lakusta, the Edmonton police officer in charge of the organized crime branch.
Members of the Edmonton Drug and Gang Enforcement (EDGE) unit began tailing a suspected drug operation in Spring and a suspect already known to police.
After observing what was believed to be drug activity, officers pulled over and stopped a vehicle on June 22, seizing three kilograms of cocaine from inside the car.
“The methamphetamine would equate to over 97,000 single dosages sold to users on the street. The cocaine would result in over 23,000 half-gram dosages,” said Lakusta.
Lakusta said had these drugs been sold in bulk, they could have been worth $900,000 to the dealer. However, once those drugs are broken down for sale on the street, these drugs could have fetched as much as $2 million.
While this is the single largest methamphetamine bust in Edmonton history, Lakusta said it isn’t likely to make much of an impact on Edmonton’s larger meth trade, with the illegal drug showing up on city streets “in abundance,” over the past few months.
“We are scratching the surface, but any time we get an opportunity to take this level of dealer out, it does have an impact on that particular group,” said Lakusta. “I would be naive to think that it will have a larger impact on Edmonton.”
The previous record was set after officers seized five kilograms of meth, and Lakusta described the quantity seized Wednesday as “a significant amount of methamphetamine.”
While officers believe the drugs were going to be trafficked, investigators do not know where the drugs came from or where they were ultimately destined to go.
Ho Tran, 47, is now charged with three counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking.
Tran is currently being held in custody and is due to appear in court in Edmonton on Thursday.