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Eighteen charged following investigation into drug trafficking in North Durham, Toronto

Eighteen people have been charged after police seized $225,000 worth of cash and drugs as part of an investigation.

Dubbed ‘Project Ambassador,’ the initiative got underway after an increase in overdose calls in North Durham in recent months.

“North Division also received an increase in citizen complaints from communities in Brock Township regarding the increase of drug trafficking and usage in their communities,” reads a media release.

“Investigators teamed up with York Regional Police due to similar occurrences in northeast York Region and, as a result, have made numerous arrests and seizures.”

On Saturday (Dec. 12), officers executed three search warrants — two in Toronto and one in Udora.

“Police seized a quantity of heroin, cocaine, fentanyl and a quantity of cash. The seized drugs and cash have an estimated value of over $70,000,” reads a media release.

Those charged include:

Wayne Lewis, 55, of Toronto has been charged with three counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking (fentanyl, cocaine).

Christopher Paolella, 36, of York Region has been charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking (fentanyl).

Doug Olhiser, 62, of York Region has been charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking (fentanyl) and possession of heroin.

Taralee Biggar, 43, of Brock Township has been charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking (fentanyl).

Anyone with new information about this investigation is asked to contact the DRPS North Division Criminal Investigations Bureau at 1-888-579-1520, ext. 5800.

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