Toronto police announce record drug bust

Project Brisa dismantled an international drug ring and netted over $61 million in narcotics

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Netting over a metric ton of drugs and 20 arrests, a six-month joint operation has netted the largest drug seizure in Toronto history.

Project Birsa, an operation involving law enforcement agencies across Canada and the United States, dismantled an international drug smuggling ring transporting cocaine, crystal meth and other illicit narcotics between Mexico and Canada used modified tractor-trailers.

The investigation, which commenced in Nov. 2020, broke when a man identified as the ‘trap maker’ — responsible for constructing sophisticated hidden compartments inside the semi trucks — turned himself into police last week.

Jason Hall, 43, of Surrey, B.C. faces conspiracy and participation in a criminal organization charges.

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Twenty others — including one young person — were also arrested, with arrest warrants issued for two more.

Cops seized 444 kilograms of cocaine, 182 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine, 427 kg. of marihuana, 300 oxycodone pills, $966K in cash and one firearm, as well as 21 vehicles including 5 semi trucks.

The street value of the drugs is estimated at over $61 million.

More to come . . .

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