“Project LYNX” Targets Organized Drug Trafficking Network - Leads to Record Setting Seizure for Drug Unit

Posted On Thursday April 08, 2021

On April 2, 2021, the Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) – Drug and Human Trafficking Unit concluded a seven month long drug trafficking investigation dubbed “Project LYNX”. The investigation targeted a highly organized and sophisticated drug network involved with drug trafficking, importing and money laundering.  

The drug network had associations to various organized crime groups across southern Ontario. The network worked collectively with these organizations to import and traffic cocaine and fentanyl throughout Halton Region and Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). As a result of the investigation, six Controlled Drugs and Substance Act (CDSA) search warrants were executed in Hamilton, Stoney Creek, Oakville, Mississauga, Bolton and Toronto.

Arrested and charged are;

Terence Yoo (41) of Oakville

  • Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking – Cocaine
  • Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking – Psilocybin

Ajmer Singh (44) of Mississauga

  • Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking – Cocaine
  • Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking – Fentanyl
  • Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking – MDMA
  • Trafficking – Cocaine (1 kilogram)
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime – 4 counts
  • Possession of a Prohibited Weapon
  • Weapons Trafficking (Firearm)
  • Weapons Trafficking (Ammunition)
  • Trafficking Property Obtained by Crime – 2 counts
  • Careless Use of Firearm
  • Unauthorized Possession of Firearm
  • Knowledge of Unauthorized Possession of Firearm
  • Possession of Restricted Firearm
  • Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose

Parminder Grewal (44) of Mississauga

  • Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking – Cocaine
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime

Marko Vrakela (34) of Toronto

  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime

Clinton Valentine (47) of Toronto

•             Possession of Property Obtained by Crime

Sawraj Singh (31) of Caledon

  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime  – 3 counts
  • Careless Use of Firearm
  • Unauthorized Possession of Firearm
  • Knowledge of Unauthorized Possession of Firearm
  • Possession of Restricted Firearm
  • Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose

Karan Dev (32) of Caledon

  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime – 3 counts
  • Careless Use of Firearm
  • Unauthorized Possession of Firearm
  • Knowledge of Unauthorized Possession of Firearm
  • Possession of Restricted Firearm
  • Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose

A warrant has also been issued for the arrest of one outstanding party.

As a result of the investigation and subsequent search warrants, the following items were seized;

  • 17 kilograms of cocaine
  • 3 kilograms of fentanyl
  • 1 kilogram of MDMA (ecstasy)
  • $1,139,423 million in Canadian currency
  • $4,840 in US currency
  • .357 Magnum (firearm) with ammunition
  • 2021 Mercedes Benz AMG
  • 2016 Honda Odyssey
  • 3 Rolex watches

The estimated value of seized proceeds, drugs and currency is valued at 2.5 million dollars.

Inspector Costantini of the HRPS Regional Investigative Services states;  

"Organized crime and the illicit drug trade, fuel violence, property crime and more importantly, are part and parcel of the current opioid overdose epidemic. Illicit street drugs are mixed with dangerous precursors and cutting agents, which pose a significant threat to public safety.

Project Lynx demonstrates our commitment to working with our policing partners and community stakeholders to prevent opioid overdose deaths."

An investigation of this magnitude and complexity would not have resulted in the successful disruption of these criminal organizations without the assistance of the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Center of Canada (FINTRAC) and the Provincial Asset Forfeiture Unit (OPP).

Anyone with information in regards to this investigation is asked to contact the HRPS – Drug and Human Trafficking Unit at 905-825-4747 ext. 5331.

Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers. "See something? Hear something? Know something? Contact Crime Stoppers" at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.

Media statement is available here: https://youtu.be/9qUrzM28B04

 

Media Inquiries:

Halton Regional Police Service
Corporate Communications
Phone: 905-825-4899
Email: corpcomm@haltonpolice.ca