The role of two affluent Punjabi business families settled in Mississauga and Malton cities around Toronto is also under investigation for being drug distribution points.
Those arrested include Jaspreet Singh, 28 from Brampton, Gurdeep Singh Gakhal, 38 from Caledon, Ravinder Singh Boparai, 27 from Mississauga, Khalilullah Amin 46, from Caledon and Wray Ip, 27 from Richmond Hill (USA). The arrested youths were a part of a 5-member drug trafficking gang.
Inspector Todd Custance told media persons that the modus operandi of the traffickers was to conceal the contraband in their commercial trucks plying between the US and Canada.
The drugs were being brought to the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and sold continuously since November 2021. The drop and distribution points included Friends Furniture in Mississauga, owned by a Punjabi and North King Logistics trucking company in Malton city, also owned by a Punjabi.
Both Friends Furniture and North King Logistics are known to be stinkingly rich Punjabis in the GTA having business in thousands of millions dollars. They have been reportedly flooding media houses including Punjabi radio programmes and newspapers with advertisements besides taking active part in religious programmes of the community, according to information provided by Punjabi media sources.
The police started surveillance of the accused over 11 months ago and named its project Zucaritas. The Peel Regional Police of Toronto busted the gang with the help of the US police.
The police seized 182 kg of Methamphetamine, 166 kg of Cocaine, and 38 kg of Ketamine totaling 383 kg. The Peel police in 9 months of this year confiscated drugs worth 40 million Canadian dollars in the GTA.
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