VIDEO: Halton police nab more than $1 million in cocaine during drug bust


Published March 9, 2023 at 12:14 pm

Halton police seized 23 kilograms of cocaine, worth more than $1 million, during the arrest of a Toronto man last month.

Following the arrest, which took place near the border of Oakville and Mississauga, Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) Drug Unit and Intelligence Bureau executed a search warrant at a Toronto condominium complex where psilocybin (magic mushrooms) and more than $13,000 in Canadian currency were seized.

Zachary Ardizzi, 30, of Toronto faces two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking (cocaine, psilocybin).

Police say the wholesale value of the cocaine seized is approximately $1,250,000.

“This is a significant seizure of illicit drugs. This amount of cocaine poses a real danger to the public,” said Deputy Chief of regional operations, Jeff Hill.

“Drug interdiction and holding those who place our community at risk accountable, is a high priority for our service. We are committed to the safety and security of our region”

So far this year, Halton police have responded to 74 suspected drug overdoses, of which five were fatal.

Anyone who can provide information regarding the trafficking of illicit drugs to call the Drug and Human Trafficking Unit at 905-825-4777, ext. 5331.

Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or at the website.

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