Toronto police have charged a 29-year-old man with finding more than 280 kilograms of drugs in a hideout, which they say is the largest seizure of illegal drugs in the history of the force.
“While we used to make big seizures, they happened for several months. The drugs before me were taken by one person in one day “, official help. This was said by Lauren Pogg at a press conference on Thursday morning.
In front of her, investigators showed 189 kilograms of cocaine powder and 97 kilograms of crystalline methamphetamine, which officials estimate cost $ 28 million.
According to Pogue, members of the Toronto Police Drug Department conducted an investigation near Yonge Street and The Esplanade on April 2. A 29-year-old suspect who had 50 kilograms of cocaine powder was stopped in an underground parking lot and detained.
After receiving a warrant, investigators searched the suspect’s home, which they said was a hiding place. That’s where they find the rest of the cocaine and crystalline methamphetamine.
“We believe the hideout was used to store these drugs and distribute them in our local neighborhoods and surrounding communities,” said Inspector Mandip Mann.
Great investigative work by men and women from @TorontoPolice Drug Squad. This is the largest one-day drug seizure by our members. More than 280 kilograms of cocaine and crystalline methamphetamine worth at least $ 28 million were exported from our streets. pic.twitter.com/zOmqdaC0Pw
– Chief James Ramer (@jamesramertps) April 14, 2022
At the top of the hideout, officers seized $ 50,000 at the suspect’s residence and found a professionally built “trap” in his car, which they said was probably used to transport large quantities of drugs and firearms.
“The reason we appeal to the community is to help us identify which network (the suspect) worked with, because we don’t believe he worked alone. But at the moment, we have no evidence to involve anyone else, “said Mann.
The suspect, identified by police as Devante Moors, faces two charges of possession of cocaine for trafficking and one charge of possession of methamphetamine for trafficking. The charges have not been proven in court.
Investigators are asking for the public’s help in identifying other members of this drug network and are asking anyone with information to contact the Drug or Crime Department.