Drug-dealing operation broken up in Oakville, Milton, Mississauga, Guelph


Published April 11, 2024 at 10:06 am

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Police say they have stopped a drug trafficking network that operated throughout Halton, Mississauga and other areas.

The four-month operation called Project Fade was carried out by Halton’s Drugs and Organized Crime Unit and has led to the arrest of four people.

Police say Project Fade was launched when police identified a Milton suspect as part of a larger drug dealing operation.

“Investigation into this male revealed a drug trafficking network involving three other parties that operated in the Halton Region and surrounding areas,” police say.

Then, last month, police carried out several raids in Oakville, Milton, Mississauga and Guelph where drugs were recovered including cocaine, ecstasy, and prescription pills including Oxycodone and Clonazepam. More than $350,000 in cash was also found.

The drugs seized have an estimated street value exceeding $1.6 million.

“Organized crime groups generate substantial profits from the distribution and sale of illicit drugs. This is their sole focus. They do not concern themselves with the violence and devastation they bring to our communities,” said Detective Sergeant Barrett Gabriel Regional Drugs and Organized Crime Unit.

As a result of the investigation, the following people have been charged:

Sami Karnaz of Milton, Fadey Tannus of Mississauga, Phillip Chung of Mississauga and Gurdeep Bagri of Guelph.

Charges include possession of drugs for the purpose of trafficking.

“When we consider the fact that in 2024, our officers have responded to 136 drug poisoning events, nine of which resulted in a fatality, this is a significant interdiction which will ultimately save many lives,” said Superintendent Dave Costantini Halton Regional Police Service.



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