$2.3m Drug Ring linked to India busted in Canada

Police in Canada have busted a drug ring worth around $2.3 million. The large-scale network has links to India.

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"we pursue the shared objective of public safety."

Canadian police have dismantled a $2.3 million drug ring with links to India.

Investigators with the York Regional Police Organised Crime Enforcement Bureau collaborated with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Peel Regional Police, and the US Drug Enforcement Administration.

Together they busted a large-scale international drug trafficking network.

The drug ring extended to Western Canada, the United States and India.

An investigation dubbed Project Cheetah was launched in May 2020.

It looked into a network involved in the importation of cocaine, ketamine, heroin and opium into Canada.

The drugs were then distributed across Canada using a sophisticated system run by the traffickers.

$2.3m Drug Ring linked to India busted in Canada

On April 8, 2021, police in Ontario, British Columbia and California executed more than 50 search warrants.

It resulted in 33 people charged with more than 130 criminal offences.

Officers seized approximately worth of drugs.

This included 10kg of cocaine, 8kg of ketamine, 3kg of heroin and 2.5kg of opium.

Investigators also seized 48 firearms and $730,000 in Canadian currency.

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Inspector Marwan Zogheib, Officer in Charge, RCMP Toronto West Detachment, said:

“The success of this investigation is a testament to the effective cooperation among multiple agencies across jurisdictions as we pursue the shared objective of public safety.

“The RCMP’s resources across Canada and overseas and our partnership with York Regional Police provide a multiplier effect to our collective efforts to dismantle such criminal networks.”

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Superintendent Dermot Coughlan, Intelligence Operations, added:

“Peel Regional Police were pleased to have joined with York Regional Police and the RCMP on Project Cheetah.”

“This drug trafficking network was active throughout the Greater Toronto Area and negatively impacted our communities.

“By working together with our law enforcement partners, the project was successfully concluded and I want to thank the members from the multiple agencies for helping to make our communities safer.”

The suspects charged are:

  • Parshotem Malhi, aged 54, of Brampton, is charged with trafficking methamphetamine, heroin (six counts) and possession for the purpose of trafficking of heroin, methamphetamine, possession of property obtained by crime (six counts) and possession of identity documents.
  • Rupinder Dhillon, aged 37, of Brampton, is charged with possession of methamphetamine and heroin for trafficking.
  • Sanveer Singh, aged 25, of Brampton, is charged with failure to comply with an order and possession of a controlled substance.
  • Haripal Nagra, aged 45, of Brampton, is charged with heroin trafficking and possession of opium for the purpose of trafficking.
  • Hassam Syed, aged 30, of Brampton, is charged with heroin trafficking and possession of heroin and methamphetamine.
  • Pritpal Singh, aged 56, of Brampton, is charged with heroin trafficking and possession for the purpose of trafficking of heroin, cocaine and opium, possession of property obtained by crime (three counts) and possession of counterfeit money.
  • Harkiran Singh, aged 33, of Brampton, is charged with possession of heroin for the purpose of trafficking and possession of property obtained by crime.
  • Lakhpreet Brar, aged 29, of Brampton, is charged with trafficking heroin, ketamine (three counts), opium (three counts), conspiracy to traffic ketamine, opium and heroin and possession of property obtained by crime (four counts).
  • Didy Adansi, aged 52, of Toronto, is charged with trafficking ketamine (two counts), conspiracy to traffick ketamine, possession of methamphetamine and possession of the proceeds of crime.
  • Sarbjit Singh, aged 43, of Woodstock, is charged with trafficking ketamine (three counts) conspiracy to traffic ketamine and possession of property obtained by crime.
  • Balwinder Dhaliwal, aged 60, of Brampton, is charged with trafficking cocaine (two counts) and possession of property obtained by crime (two counts) and conspiracy to traffic cocaine.
  • Rupinder Dhaliwal, aged 39, of Toronto, is charged with trafficking heroin (two counts), opium and ketamine, possession of property obtained by crime, possession for the purpose of trafficking of heroin, possession of methamphetamine and ketamine, failure to comply with recognizance and conspiracy to traffic ketamine.
  • Ranjit Singh, aged 40, of Toronto, is charged with failure to comply with a release order and probation, possession of heroin and possession of ketamine for the purpose of trafficking.
  • Sukhmanpreet Singh, aged 23, of Brampton, is charged with heroin possession.
  • Rupinder Sharma, aged 25, of Vaughan, is charged with heroin and methamphetamine possession.
  • Prabhsimaran Kaur, aged 25, of Vaughan, is charged with possession of heroin.
  • Khushal Bhinder, aged 36, of Brampton, is charged with trafficking cocaine, conspiracy to traffic cocaine, possession for the purpose of trafficking of cocaine and opium and possession of property obtained by crime.
  • Prabhjeet Mundian, aged 34, of Brampton, is charged with possession of cocaine and opium for the purpose of trafficking and possession of property obtained by crime.
  • Vansh Arora, aged 24, of Brampton, is charged with trafficking cocaine, conspiracy to traffic cocaine, possession of cocaine and opium for the purpose of trafficking and careless storage of ammunition.
  • Simranjeet Narang, aged 28, of Brampton, is charged with trafficking opium and cocaine (two counts), conspiracy to traffic opium and cocaine and possession of property obtained by crime (three counts).
  • Harjinder Jhaj, aged 38, of Caledon, is charged with trafficking ketamine and conspiracy to traffic ketamine and possession of property obtained by crime (two counts).
  • Gaganpreet Gill, aged 28, of Brampton, is charged with cocaine trafficking.
  • Sukjit Dhaliwal, aged 47, of Brampton, is charged with possession of heroin for the purpose of trafficking and possession of methamphetamine and oxycodone.
  • Imran Khan, aged 33, of Toronto, is charged with trafficking ketamine and possession of property obtained by crime.
  • Chinedu Ajoku, aged 51, of Brampton, is charged with heroin trafficking.
  • Harjot Singh, aged 31, of Brampton, is charged with heroin trafficking (two counts) and methamphetamine trafficking.
  • Sukhjit Dhugga, aged 35, of Brampton, is charged with trafficking ketamine, conspiracy to traffic ketamine, possession of ketamine for the purpose of trafficking and possession of property obtained by crime.
  • Gurbinder Sooch, aged 41, of no fixed address, is charged with trafficking ketamine (five counts), possession of property obtained by crime (four counts), conspiracy to traffic ketamine, trafficking opium, trafficking heroin (two counts), conspiracy to import heroin and fail to comply with a release order.

The investigation into the drug ring is ongoing.

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