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OPP MADE MASSIVE BUST OF PURE COCAINE

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#LSN_Crime     Project Hope $250 million. Streee Value Cocaine

(ORILLIA, ON) -  August  29, 2017    (LSN)  The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has concluded an intercontinental investigation that has netted 1,062 kilograms of pure cocaine - the largest single drug seizure in OPP history.

At a news conference at OPP General Headquarters in Orillia, Commissioner J.V.N. (Vince) HAWKES, Deputy Commissioner Rick BARNUM and representatives from the project's partner agencies unveiled details of the investigation and the stack of the evidence seized. The wholesale value of this seizure is estimated to be worth $60 million while the eventual street value, once cut, is approximately $250 million. 

Project HOPE was conducted by the OPP Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau (OCEB) and Provincial Operations Intelligence Bureau (POIB) in partnership with Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), Peel Regional Police, the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC) and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

During the course of the investigation, three individuals responsible for importing enormous quantities of cocaine from Argentina were identified and linked to cocaine transported on ocean-going vessels in shipping containers to the Port of Montreal for distribution in Ontario. Over the course of several months, the OPP worked with CBSA to identify the containers and locations. Subsequent investigation identified links to various caches of cocaine at a CBSA warehouse, at the Port of Montreal and in Stoney Creek, Ontario.

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"The OPP recognize that illegal drugs cause grievous harm and threaten community safety. With the amount of pure cocaine seized during Project HOPE, we've stopped many criminals from causing more harm to our communities while removing a quarter of a billion dollars from the criminal economy."

- Ontario Provincial Police Commissioner J.V.N. (Vince) HAWKES

"FINTRAC is proud to have provided financial intelligence to assist in this investigation. By working together, we create a hostile environment for those who seek to threaten Canadians or abuse our financial system."

- Gérald Cossette, Director - Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada  

Luis Enrique KARIM-ALTAMIRANO, aged 52 years of Vaughan was charged on May 1, 2017 with

  • Importation of a Controlled Substance Schedule 1 - Cocaine (Section 6(1) Controlled Drug and Substances Act (CDSA); 
  • Possession of a Controlled Schedule 1 Substance - Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking (Section 5(2) CDSA); and, 
  • Drive While Disqualified (Section 259(4) Criminal Code).

 

He remains in custody pending a bail hearing on August 30.

Mauricio Antonio MEDINA-GATICA, aged 36 years of Brampton was charged on May 1, 2017 with:

  • Importation of a Controlled Substance Schedule 1 - Cocaine (Section 6(1) CDSA); and,
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance Schedule 1 - Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking (Section 5(2) CDSA).

 

He has since been released on bail.

Iban OROZCO-LOMELI, aged 45 years of Toronto, was charged on July 10, 2017 with

  • Importation of a Controlled Substance Schedule 1 - Cocaine (Section 6(1) CDSA); and,
  • Possession of a Controlled Schedule 1 Substance - Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking (Section 5(2) CDSA).

 

He has since been released on bail.