Guyanese among 13 charged in multinational drug smuggling ring in Canada
[www.inewsguyana.com] A popular Guyanese Disc Jockey (DJ)is among 13multinationals that have been charged following an international investigation into a guns and drugs import operation spanning from Canada to South America.
The Guyanese businessman has been identified as DwidthFerguson and is closely affiliated to local entertainment company Hits and Jams.
However, reports indicate that the businessman has gone off the radar and officials are currently looking for him.
If arrested, Ferguson is expected to be charged with importation of Cocaine and Possession for the purpose of Trafficking Cocaine.
Reports coming out of Ontario, Canada indicate that 13 people had been arrested as a result of a year-long investigation into the importation of drugs and weapons into Canada.
Dubbed Project Monto, OPP teamed up with officers in Toronto, York and Peel, as well as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Canada Border Services Agency. They also worked with the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Project Monto sends a clear and strong message that police will do everything in our power to safeguard our communities, OPP Chief Superintendent Rick Barnum said at a news conference Thursday.
The investigation began in 2014, as the group of officers looked into illegal drugs being imported from Trinidad and Tobago, St. Lucia and Guyana. Police said the drugs were then distrusted in the Toronto area and across Newfoundland and Labrador.
They also investigated reports of prohibited weapons coming to Canada from Florida.
Police also followed up on connections to Central and South America, but did not provide details of which countries in those regions were involved.
During the course of the investigation, police seized a total of 123 kilograms of cocaine worth approximately $12.2 million. Project Monto investigators seized 22 firearms and $146,000 in cash. Four vehicles were also seized.
As a result of the investigation, 13 people have been charged with a total of 48 offences.
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