Mississauga residents arrested in “Project LYNX” drug trafficking investigation

Published April 8, 2021 at 5:35 pm

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On April 2, 2021, the Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) – Drug and Human Trafficking Unit concluded a seven-month-long drug trafficking investigation.

Police say the investigation, dubbed “Project LYNX,” targeted a highly organized and sophisticated drug network involved with drug trafficking, importing and money laundering.  

According to police, the drug network had associations with several organized crime groups across southern Ontario.

The network worked collectively with these organizations to import and traffic cocaine and fentanyl throughout Halton Region and Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA), police say.

Police say as a result of the investigation, six Controlled Drugs and Substance Act (CDSA) search warrants were executed in Hamilton, Stoney Creek, Oakville, Mississauga, Bolton and Toronto.

As a result of the investigation, the following were arrested and charged.

Terence Yoo, a 41-year-old from Oakville, was arrested and charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking – cocaine and possession for the purpose of trafficking – psilocybin.

Ajmer Singh, a 44-year-old from Mississauga was arrested and charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking – cocaine, possession for the purpose of trafficking – Fentanyl, possession for the purpose of trafficking – MDMA, trafficking – cocaine (1 kilogram), possession of property obtained by crime – 4 counts, possession of a prohibited weapon, weapons trafficking (firearm), weapons trafficking (ammunition), trafficking property obtained by crime – 2 counts, careless use of firearm, unauthorized possession of firearm, knowledge of unauthorized possession of firearm, possession of restricted firearm and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.

Parminder Grewal, a 44-year old from Mississauga was arrested and charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking – cocaine and possession of property obtained by crime.

Marko Vrakela, a 34-year-old from Toronto was arrested and charged with possession of property obtained by crime.

Clinton Valentine, a 47-year-old from Toronto was arrested and charged with possession of property obtained by crime.

Sawraj Singh, a 31-year-old from Caledon was arrested and charged with possession of property obtained by crime  – 3 counts, careless use of firearm, unauthorized possession of firearm, knowledge of unauthorized possession of firearm, possession of restricted firearm and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.

Karan Dev, a 32-year-old from Caledon was arrested and charged with possession of property obtained by crime – 3 counts, careless use of firearm, unauthorized possession of firearm, knowledge of unauthorized possession of firearm, possession of restricted firearm and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.

A warrant has also been issued for the arrest of one outstanding party, according to police.

Police say as a result of the investigation and search warrants, 17 kilograms of cocaine, 3 kilograms of fentanyl, 1 kilogram of MDMA (ecstasy), $1,139,423 million in Canadian currency, $4,840 in US currency, .357 Magnum (firearm) with ammunition, 2021 Mercedes Benz AMG, 2016 Honda Odyssey and 3 Rolex watches were seized.

The estimated value of seized proceeds, drugs and currency is valued at 2.5 million dollars, according to police.

“An investigation of this magnitude and complexity would not have resulted in the successful disruption of these criminal organizations without the assistance of the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Center of Canada (FINTRAC) and the Provincial Asset Forfeiture Unit (OPP),” said Halton police in a release.

Anyone with information in regards to this investigation is asked to contact the HRPS – Drug and Human Trafficking Unit at 905-825-4747 ext. 5331.

Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.

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