A four-month investigation into methamphetamine production by police in York Region has resulted in eight arrests and the seizure of approximately $5 million worth of drugs.
Dubbed ‘Project Discard,’ the investigation involved largest methamphetamine production operation ever seen in York Regional Police history.
“On Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, an investigation began after York Regional Police were contacted when more than 100 garbage bags and plastic cannisters were found dumped on a driveway on Woodbine Avenue, south of Herald Road in the Town of East Gwillimbury,” reads a media release from police.
“The bags were emitting a strong chemical smell and the plastic canisters were marked corrosive. Synthetic drug investigators, trained to investigate hazardous materials, attended the scene and discovered the contents of the bags to be by-products of synthetic drug manufacturing. A similar dump site was reported to police on Dec. 2, 2018, at a property located on Woodbine Avenue, south of Mount Albert Road.”
Police say the investigation led officers to an organized group of suspects and two locations suspected of being clandestine drug labs.
“On Thursday, March 14, 2019, officers began executing search warrants on locations across the Greater Toronto Area, including residences of the suspects involved. One dormant lab was located on Kennedy Road north of Holborn Road in East Gwillimbury and one active meth lab was located on 10th Side Road in Innisfil,” reads a media release from police.
“During the execution of the search warrants, officers seized approximately $5 million dollars in methamphetamine, five vehicles and Canadian and U.S. currency.”
The investigation is ongoing. Eight people have been charged. A warrant has been issued for an outstanding suspect.
Van Truong Do, 34, of Toronto is sought on charges of production of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), proceeds of crime, possession of a controlled Substance (methamphetamine), possession for the purpose of trafficking (methamphetamine), money laundering and four counts of mischief over $5,000.
“York Regional Police continues to investigate clandestine drug laboratories and combat the organized crime groups that run them,” the media release reads.
“The dangers posed by chemicals used in the production of synthetic drugs include fire, explosion, pollution, short- and long-term health effects, contamination of homes, as well as the hazardous exposure to children, neighbours, law enforcement officers and emergency services personnel. If you locate garbage dumped that smells of chemicals or appears to be dangerous, contact police immediately.”