PROJECT BOOMERANG: Numerous Arrests Made in Joint Forces Project Targeting Organized Drug Trafficking Ring

Toronto, Ontario – In April 2018, the Halton Regional Police Service, Peel Regional Police and the RCMP commenced a joint forces investigation into an organized drug trafficking ring operating in the Greater Toronto Area. The project received substantial support from the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).

On July 13 and 14, 2018, Project Boomerang resulted in the execution of search warrants at seven different addresses across southern Ontario, the arrest of 11 individuals, and the laying of 29 charges.

CHARGED:

Andrew CHEUNG (33) of Oro-Medonte:

  • Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking
  • Trafficking a Controlled Substance – Cocaine (two counts)
  • Trafficking a Controlled Substance – Marihuana
  • Unauthorized possession of a restricted firearm
  • Possession of a restricted firearm knowing its possession is unauthorized
  • Breach of Firearms regulations
  • Possession of a restricted firearm with ammunition
  • Possess a Firearm knowing serial number has been altered
  • Unauthorized Possession of a non-restricted firearm
  • Possession of non-restricted firearm knowing its possession is unauthorized

Nirosh JEGANATHAN (26) of Woodbridge:

  • Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Cocaine
  • Trafficking a controlled substance – Cocaine

Viet Truong HOANG (32) of Markham:

  • Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Marihuana

Daniel CURRIE (30) of Mississauga:

  • Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Cocaine

Marques DALEY-LINDO (33) of Brampton:

  • Possession of a Controlled Substance – MDMA

Yogendra GOSINE-BEROOG (24) of Toronto:

  • Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Marihuana
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Cannabis Resin
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Psilocybin
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance – Cocaine

Peter BRETNEY (48) of Toronto:

  • Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Marihuana
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Cannabis Resin

Macria PHILBERT (40) of Toronto:

  • Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Marihuana
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Cannabis Resin

Jordan Scott TRACEY (32) of Vancouver:

  • Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Marihuana
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Cannabis Resin

Daniel MARTIN (27) of Cookstown:

  • Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Marihuana

Hisham SOLIMAN – (29) of Beamsville:

  • Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Cocaine
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Marihuana

A significant amount of evidence was seized during Project Boomerang, including:

  • one .357 Magnum revolver (loaded with ammunition)
  • one .22 Mossberg rifle
  • $600,000 in cash
  • one kilogram of cocaine
  • approximately 43 kilograms of marihuana
  • approximately seven kilograms of Cannabis Resin
  • one gram of MDMA
  • two ounces of psilocybin
  • two bars of silver
  • a 2018 Toyota Camry

This investigation is ongoing and additional charges may be laid.

“Organized criminal activity such as drug trafficking undermines the very essence of safety and well-being that our communities demand and deserve. The Halton Regional Police Service embraces the opportunity to collaborate with our public safety partners to ensure that information and resources are strategically shared, and ultimately, that these erosive activities are successfully disrupted,” said Halton Regional Police Service Chief Stephen Tanner. “Certainly any time we take guns off the streets, it is a win for the residents we serve.”

“Community safety is of the utmost importance to Peel Regional Police and I commend the officers involved for their hard work and dedication in taking drugs and guns off the streets. The strong, long-lasting partnerships we have with our police counterparts encourage collaboration and ensure operations like Project Boomerang succeed. Police agencies across the GTA, and the province, are all facing the same issues. Working together is key to reducing violent crime and ensuring our community continues to be a safe place to live and work,” said Peel Regional Police Chief Jennifer Evans.

“This investigation is an excellent example of what we can achieve when we work together with our law enforcement partners. We remain committed to our shared goal of reducing the negative impacts of organized crime in our communities,” stated Inspector Gord Cobey, RCMP Officer in Charge of Toronto West Serious and Organized Crime.

The Project Boomerang partners would like to thank the following agencies for their investigative support and assistance over the course of the project; Toronto Police Service Guns and Gangs Unit, RCMP – O Division, Canada Border Services Agency, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, O.P.P. (Provincial Asset Forfeiture Unit), Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC), and the Public Prosecution Centre of Canada (PPSC).

Anyone who may have any additional information pertaining to this ongoing investigation is asked to contact 905-825-4747 ext. 8732.

Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers “See Something? Hear Something? Know Something? Contact Crime Stoppers” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.

Please be reminded that all persons charged are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Halton Regional Police Service



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