Nearly 300 charges have been laid and 28 people arrested after a six-month, multi-jurisdictional investigation by Durham Regional Police and the RCMP.
According to DRPS, approximately 1.2 million dollars in drugs and 32 firearms were seized along with other related evidence during this investigation.
Deemed Project KAKIA, the investigation was led by the DRPS Gun and Gang Enforcement Unit in partnership with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Transnational Serious and Organized Crime Unit. Further support and funding was provided by the Ontario Government, Criminal Intelligence Service Ontario.
DRPS, RCMP, OPP, Peterborough Police Service, Toronto Police Service, Belleville Police Service and Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) executed 55 search warrants at locations within the Region of Durham, Belleville, Madoc, Montreal, Hamilton and Toronto. As a result, 28 individuals were arrested and 291 charges laid.
Police say the investigation involved a number of members of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club (HAMC) from the Brooklin and Belleville charters, as well as the Red Devils Motorcycle Club (RDMC).
The investigation also provided information related to a homicide that occurred in Oshawa on November 29, 2020 which resulted in one arrest.
During the course of Project KAKIA, police seized:
- 32 Firearms
- 2 Percussion grenades
- Overcapacity magazines
- Thousands of rounds of ammunition
- 5 Motor vehicles
- $290,000 in Canadian currency
- $148,000 in Property Obtained by Crime (Lululemon Clothing and 2 Breitling watches)
- 5.5 kilograms of Cocaine
- 1.5 kilograms of Psilocybin
- 7.7 kilograms of Cannabis Marihuana
- 1.2 kilograms of Cannabis Resin
- 1.2 kilograms of Methamphetamine
- 54 grams of Heroin
- 141 grams of Fentanyl powder
- 7336 Fentanyl pills
- 6187 Cannabis edibles packaged as candy
- 20 kilograms of cutting agent
- Outlaw Motorcycle clothing from HAMC and RDMC
The DRPS and RCMP would like to thank the members of the investigative team for their dedication and perseverance, our law enforcement partners, the Criminal Intelligence Service Ontario and all of the other law enforcement agencies that provided assistance during this complex investigation.
Among those charged is Andrew Bell-Scott, 38, of Scugog. He is charged with:
- Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle
- Assault with a Weapon
- Failure to Stop After Accident
- Possession of Prohibited Firearm with Ammunition
- Unauthorized Possession in a Motor Vehicle
- Possession of Weapon for Dangerous Purpose
- Careless Use (Storage) of Firearm
- Unauthorized Possession of Firearm
- Unauthorized Possession of Firearm Knowing it is Unauthorized
- Possession of Firearm Knowing Its Possession is Unauthorized
- Possession of Prohibited Weapon, Device or Ammunition Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized
- Possession Contrary to Order
- Failure to Comply with Probation Order
- Possession of Property/Proceeds Obtained by Crime
- Possession of Schedule I Substance (Heroin) for the Purpose of Trafficking
- Possession of Schedule I Substance (Cocaine) for the Purpose of Trafficking x 2 counts
- Possession of Schedule I Substance (Oxycodone) for the Purpose of Trafficking x 2 counts
A complete list of everyone charged in Project KAKIA is available here.
Anyone with new information about this investigation is asked to contact the DRPS Gun and Gang Unit at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 5800 or the RCMP in Ontario at 1800-387-0020.
Anonymous information can be sent to Durham Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at http://www.durhamregionalcrimestoppers.ca and tipsters may be eligible for a $2,000 cash reward.