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Ottawa Police makes large drug seizure

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Authorities seized a large quantity of narcotics as part of the operation.

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The Ottawa Police Service (OPS) announced Wednesday that it had seized a large quantity of drugs. The operation dubbed “Top Shelf” was described by OPS Chief Eric Stubbs as “one of the largest drug busts in Ottawa police history “. This is also the second major drug interception to be announced by the police this week.

After 10 months of investigation, the OPS Drug Unit arrested two men Tuesday evening, a 33-year-old Ottawa man and a Toronto man 35 years old.

One ​​of the accused was arrested on private Miwate Street, in Ottawa, the other was intercepted at the wheel of his car while he was coming back from Toronto.

Authorities seized a large quantity of narcotics as part of the operation, including 40 kilograms of cocaine and 4 kilograms of crack cocaine. Tens of thousands of dollars in cash were also seized.

He This is a significant seizure, disrupting the supply chain of a criminal network fueling drug addiction and violence.

A quote from Eric Stubbs, Chief of the Ottawa Police Service

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According to the OPS, the total value of the drugs seized is approximately $1.5 million. The street value of the drugs is estimated at approximately $4.5 million by police.

The charges against the two men are similar, namely conspiracy to traffic a substance, possession of a substance for the purpose of trafficking and possession of property obtained by crime worth more than $5,000.

The Toronto man also faces charges of failing to stop for police and dangerous driving.

Both men were placed in detention. Their court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday.

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40 kilograms of cocaine and 4 kilograms of crack cocaine were seized, in addition to tens of thousands of dollars in cash.

The police investigation continues and Mr. Stubbs does not rule out the possibility that further arrests and charges may take place.

He nevertheless emphasizes that the number of people arrested is not necessarily a guarantee of success.

It's who you stop: the top of the chain, the middle of the chain or the bottom of the chain that makes a difference, he explains. This is something we are still investigating.

The latter specifies that the operation earlier this week dismantled a separate drug trafficking organization.

According to the Deputy Chief of the Ottawa Police Service, Patricia Ferguson, the fact that two similar operations occur in such a short period of time clearly demonstrates that drugs are a problem on our streets.< /p>

With information from Nelly Albérola

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