Burlington man among 17 facing charges following Project Skyfall joint investigation

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Published February 3, 2022 at 3:49 pm

A Burlington man is among 17 people charged following a two-year drug and weapons investigation led by Hamilton police.

Project Skyfall led to 145 criminal charges being laid along with the seizure of 29 kg of cocaine, three kg of methamphetamine, 400 grams of fentanyl and 200 kg of marijuana, representing a combined street vaul of more than $5M.

Hamilton police joined with the RCMP, Halton police and other Golden Horseshoe services to coordinate their efforts.

“We know drugs have a significant impact on Hamilton’s streets and are associated with an increase in violence and the rise in opioid deaths,” said said HPS Inspector Mark Stiller.

“Project Skyfall targeted a highly sophisticated drug trafficking syndicate involving organized crime groups. By working collaboratively with our neighbouring law enforcement partners, we were able to take a significant amount of drugs and firearms off our streets.”

Investigators also seized more than a dozen firearms and $765,602 in Canadian currency.

“Organized crime groups exploit profit opportunities wherever they arise,” said Halton Regional Police Service Inspector Dave Costantini.

“They do not care what city or town their criminal activities take them to. Those involved in these groups are only concerned about making money. They do not care about the safety, security or well-being of any member of any community.”

“Project Skyfall demonstrates the success that can be achieved when police services collaborate to tenaciously disrupt and dismantle these criminal organizations.”

Pavle Vlahic, 31, from Burlington faces 11 drug charges concerning cocaine, oxycodone, psilocybin, fentanyl and cannabis along with possession of property obtained by crime of a value over $5,000.

“The RCMP recognizes the importance of partnerships to address serious and organized crime in our community,” said Superintendent Jeff Cooper, Officer in Charge of District Command.

“This investigation, conducted jointly with the Hamilton Police Service and the Halton Regional Police Service, serves as a great example of how a coordinated enforcement effort can contribute to safer communities and disrupt illegal activity, keeping illicit drugs and weapons off the streets.”

Project Skyfall was supported through funding provided by the provincial government.

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