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@TorontoPolice News Conference Re: Project Switch | Investigation Into Illicit Drugs & Firearms

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Streamed live on Aug 2, 2018

On Thursday, August 2, 2018, at 10:30 a.m., in the Media Gallery at Headquarters, the Toronto Police Service announced the results of Project Switch, a joint-forces investigation into illicit drugs and firearms.

Project Switch resulted in six arrests, 25 firearms and more than 60 kilograms of illicit drugs

Background:

Case #: 2018-1158035

In February 2018, members of the Toronto Police Organized Crime Enforcement – Toronto Drug Squad started an investigation into an illicit drug distribution network operating in Toronto and the surrounding area.

It is alleged that:

- two groups were receiving cocaine and heroin that was being imported into the Greater Toronto Area from the United States

On June 25, 2018, with the assistance of the Toronto Police Asian Organized Crime Task Force and law enforcement partners from the RCMP, CBSA, OPP, York Region, and Peel Region, five people were arrested.

Lorenzo Lam, 25, has been charged with:

1. Traffic in Schedule I Substance
2. Two counts of Possession of a Schedule I Substance for the Purposes of Trafficking

He is next scheduled to appear in court on August 10, 2018, at Old City Hall, in Room 123.

David Littledale, 35, has been charged with:

1. Traffic in Schedule I Substance Section
2. Two counts of Possession of a Schedule I Substance for the Purposes of Trafficking

He is next scheduled to appear in court on August 31, 2018, at Old City Hall, in Room 114.

Trung Duc Pham, 31, has been charged with:

1. Possession of Proceeds of Crime

He is next scheduled to appear in court on August 18, 2018, at Old City Hall, in Room 123.

Quynh Vu, 33, has been charged with:

1. Possession of Proceeds of Crime
2. Two counts of Produce a Schedule II Substance Section
3. Two counts of Possession of a Schedule II Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking

He is next scheduled to appear in court on August 14, 2018, at Old City Hall, in Room 114.

On Tuesday, July 17, 2018, after further investigation, two more people were arrested.

Duc Hoang, 34, and Myleene Kavalak, 33, have both been charged with:

1. Four counts of Possession of a Schedule I Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking
2. Four counts of Possession of a Schedule I Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking
3. Four counts of Possession of a Schedule I Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking
4. Two counts of Possession of Proceeds of Crime Over $5000.00
5. Five counts of Careless Storage of a Firearm
6. Three counts of Careless Storage of Ammunition
7. Two counts of Traffic in Schedule 1 Substance

Duc Hoang is next scheduled to appear in court on August 28, 2018, at Old City Hall, in Room 114. Myleene Kavalak is next scheduled to appear in court on September 10, 2018, at Old City Hall, in Room 114.

The Toronto Police would like assistance locating Joevannie Peart, 34. He is wanted in connection to this investigation. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is encouraged to contact police.

Throughout the investigation, 11 search warrants were executed in Toronto, Holland Landing, Mississauga, Concord, and Woodbridge, resulting in the following seizures:

- 52 kilograms of Cocaine
- 7.4 kilograms of Heroin
- 3 kilograms of MDMA
- 43 kilograms of cutting agents
- 9 kilograms of Phenacetin
- 2.5 kilograms of Hashish Oil
- More than $287,000 in Canadian currency
- Nine vehicles
- Nine handguns, 16 rifles, and 2 cross bows
- One house, valued at more than $1.3 million

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-2500, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, online on our Facebook Leave a Tip page, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.


For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

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