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Results of four major Gun & Gang Task Force and
Drug Squad projects



Broadcast time: 13:47
Thursday, June 1, 2017

Corporate Communications
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Projects Aqua, Panda, Gallo and Drizzle resulted in the seizure of more than 20 firearms including assault rifles, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, motor vehicles, $3.2 million in cash, 115 kilograms of cocaine, 44 kilograms of MDMA, 3.5 kilograms of heroin, one kilogram of fentanyl, 112 kilograms of marijuana, 11 kilograms of hashish and 1 kilogram of opium.

The news conference from Thursday, June 1, 2017, of Gun and Gang Task Force Inspector Peter Moreira and Drug Squad Acting Inspector Steve Watts can be seen at live-streamed.


****************************************Project Aqua****************************************
On Thursday, March 30, 2017, 11 Controlled Drugs and Substances Act Search Warrants were simultaneously executed in Toronto and York Region, plus another on Friday, March 31, 2017, in Kitchener.

It is alleged that:

- individuals worked in a well-organized partnership trafficking large amounts of powder cocaine across the GTA and Kitchener using hidden compartments in their vehicles

It is further alleged that the following was seized by investigators:

• .38 calibre revolver and ammunition
• 41 kilograms of cocaine
• Cocaine press plates
• $324,195 in cash – Canadian currency
• two motor vehicles

Michele Spataro, 69, of Thornhill, was arrested and charged with:

1. Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking
2. two counts of Possession of Proceeds of Crime

He is next scheduled for court at Old City Hall on Thursday, June 1, 2017, 9 a.m., room 114.


Carlos Silva, 33, of no fixed address, was arrested and charged with:

1. three counts of Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking
2. Possession of a Restricted Firearm with Ammunition
3. Possession of a Firearm knowing it’s Unauthorized
4. Unauthorized Possession of Firearm
5. Careless Storage and Transportation of a Firearm
6. Possession of a Weapon Contrary to a Prohibition Order
7. Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm in a Motor Vehicle
8. Careless Storage, Transportation of Ammunition
9. Possession of Proceeds of Crime
10. Possession of Proceeds of Crime Over

He is next scheduled for court at Old City Hall on Tuesday, June 6, 2017, 11 a.m., room 114.


Amanda Ho, 28, of Toronto, was arrested and charged with:

1. two counts of Possession of Proceeds of Crime Over

She is next scheduled for court at Old City Hall on Thursday, June 22, 2017, 9 a.m., room 114.


Andre Fernandez, 24, of Toronto, was arrested and charged with:

1. three counts of Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking
2. Possession of a Restricted Firearm with Ammunition
3. Possession of a Firearm knowing its Unauthorized
4. Unauthorized Possession of Firearm
5. Careless Storage and Transportation of a Firearm
6. Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm in a Motor Vehicle
7. Careless Storage, Transportation of Ammunition
8. Possession of Proceeds of Crime

He is next scheduled for court at Old City Hall on Thursday, June 22, 2017, 9 a.m., room 114.


Mona Ghasemi, 33, of Georgetown, was arrested and charged with:

1. two counts of Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking

She is next scheduled for court at Old City Hall on Thursday, June 22, 2017, 9 a.m., room 114.


Alberto Suman, 33, of Maple, was arrested and charged with:

1. two counts of Possession of Proceeds of Crime Over
2. Possession of Cocaine
3. Assault Peace Officer

He is next scheduled for court at Old City Hall on Thursday, June 22, 2017, 9 a.m., room 114.


Stacie Margaret Wall, 34, of Kitchener, was arrested and charged with:

1. two counts of Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking
2. Possession of Hashish for Purpose of Trafficking
3. two counts of Possession of Marihuana for the Purpose of Trafficking
4. Possession of Proceeds of Crime

She is next scheduled for court at Old City Hall on Tuesday, June 6, 2017, 9 a.m., room 114.


Adam Kaup, 37, of Kitchener, was arrested and charged with:

1. two counts of Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking
2. Possession of Hashish for Purpose of Trafficking
3. two counts of Possession of Marihuana for the Purpose of Trafficking
4. Possession of Proceeds of Crime

He is next scheduled for court at Old City Hall on Tuesday, June 6, 2017, 9 a.m., room 114.


***************************************Project Panda****************************************
On Tuesday, April 4, 2017, five Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and Criminal Code Search Warrants were simultaneously executed.

It is alleged that:

- individuals worked in partnership trafficking controlled substances and firearms throughout the GTA and Simcoe County.

It is further alleged that this was seized by investigators:

• two Russian state Arsenal Tula “SK” assault rifles with two - 20 round magazines and ammunition
• .45 calibre Kimber pistol with four magazines
• .357 magnum revolver (silver)
• 9 mm Keltec pistol (black)
• .26 calibre revolver (black powder)
• Ingram 10 .45 calibre auto pistol with 23 rounds of ammunition
• two Glock 27 replicas with magazines (Bored out)


Kristofer Zydaczeqski, 23, also known as PANDA, of Tottenham, was arrested and charged with:

1) Traffic in Cocaine
2) Possession of Proceeds of Crime Under
3) Traffic in Cocaine
4) Possession of Proceeds of Crime Under
5) Traffic in Cocaine
6) Traffic in Heroin
7) Possession of Proceeds of Crime Under
8) Possession of Proceeds of Crime Under
9) Traffic in Cocaine
10) Possession of Proceeds of Crime Over
11) Conspiracy to Traffic Weapons
12) Possession of Weapon for Dangerous Purpose
13) Carrying Concealed Weapon
14) Unauthorized Possession of Firearm
15) Possession of Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized
16) Possession of Prohibited or Restricted Firearm with Ammunition
17) Traffic in Cocaine
18)Possession of Proceeds of Crime Under
19) Possession of Weapon for Dangerous Purpose
20) Unauthorized Possession of Firearm
21) Unauthorized Possession of Firearm
22) Possession of Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized
23) Traffic Weapons
24) Traffic Weapons (prohibited device, over capacity magazine)
25) Traffic Weapons (ammunition)
26) Possession of Proceeds of Crime Under
27) Fail to Comply Recognizance
28) Traffic weapons S. 99 (1)(a)
29) Traffic weapons S. 99 (1)(a)
30) Traffic weapons S. 99 (1)(a)
31) Traffic weapons S. 99 (1)(a)
29) Traffic weapons S. 99 (1)(a) ( Prohibited Device, over capacity magazine)
30) Traffic weapons S. 99 (1)(a) ( Prohibited Device, over capacity magazine)
31) Traffic weapons S. 99 (1)(a) ( Prohibited Device, over capacity magazine)
32) Traffic weapons S. 99 (1)(a) ( Prohibited Device, over capacity magazine)
33) Traffic weapons S. 99 (1)(a) (Ammunition 7.62 MM )
34) Traffic weapons S. 99 (1)(a) (9 MM )
35) Traffic weapons S. 99 (1)(a) ( Glock 10 round magazines )
36) Traffic weapons S. 99 (1)(a) ( Glock 10 round magazines )
37) Possession of weapon for dangerous purpose 88 (1)
38) Possession of weapon for dangerous purpose 88 (1)
39) Possession of weapon for dangerous purpose 88 (1)
40) Possession of weapon for dangerous purpose 88 (1)
41) Unauthorized possession of firearm 91(1)
42) Unauthorized possession of firearm 91(1)
43) Unauthorized possession of firearm 91(1)
44) Unauthorized possession of firearm 91(1)
45) Unauthorized possession of a prohibited device (over capacity magazine) 91(1)
46) Unauthorized possession of a prohibited device (over capacity magazine) 91(1)
47) Possession of firearm knowing its possession is unauthorized 92(1)
48) Possession of firearm knowing its possession is unauthorized 92(1)
49) Possession of firearm knowing its possession is unauthorized 92(1)
50) Possession of firearm knowing its possession is unauthorized 92(1)
51) Possession of a restricted firearm with ammunition 95(1)
52) Possession of a restricted firearm with ammunition 95(1)
53) Unauthorized possession of a firearm in a motor vehicle 94 (1)
54) Unauthorized possession of a firearm in a motor vehicle 94 (1)
55) Unauthorized possession of a firearm in a motor vehicle 94 (1)
56) Unauthorized possession of a firearm in a motor vehicle 94 (1)
57) Possession of Prohibited Weapon 92(2) - ( Stun Gun )
58) Possession of Prohibited Weapon 92(2) - ( Stun Gun )
59) Careless use of firearm 86(1)
60) Careless use of firearm 86(1)
61) Careless use of firearm 86(1)
62) Careless use of firearm 86(1)
63) Fail to comply Recognizance
64) Careless Storage of Ammunition
65) Possession of a Prohibited Weapon
63) Fail to comply Recognizance
64) Possession of weapon for dangerous purpose 88 (1) (Both)
65) Unauthorized possession of firearm 91(1) (Both)
66) Possession of prohibited or restricted firearm with ammunition 95(1) (Both)
67) Careless storage of a firearm 86(1) (Both)
68) Possession of firearm knowing its possession is unauthorized 92(1) (Both)
69) Fail to comply Recognizance

He is next scheduled for court at Old City Hall on Wednesday, June 14, 2017, 2 p.m., room 111.


Cody Rose, 26, of Alliston, was arrested and charged with:

1) Conspiracy to traffic weapons 99 (1)(b)
2) Possession of weapon for dangerous purpose 88 (1)
3) Carrying concealed weapon 90 (1)
4) Unauthorized possession of firearm 91(1)
5) Possession of firearm knowing its possession is unauthorized 92(1)
6) Possession of prohibited or restricted firearm with ammunition 95(1)
7) Unauthorized possession in a motor vehicle 94 (1)
8) Possession of a firearm contrary to a Prohibition Order 117.01(1)
9) Use of Firearm 86 (1)
10) Possession of Weapon for Dangerous Purpose 88 (1)
11) Unauthorized Possession of Firearm 91 (1) (a)
12) Unauthorized Possession of Firearm 91 (2)
13) Possession of Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized
14) Unauthorized Possession in Motor Vehicle 94(1)
15) Traffic Weapons 99(1)(a)
16) Traffic Weapons 99(1)(a)(prohibited device, overcapacity magazine)
17) Traffic Weapons 99(1)(a) (ammunition)
18) Possession of a firearm contrary to a Prohibition Order 117.01(1)
19) Traffic weapons S. 99 (1)(a)
20) Traffic weapons S. 99 (1)(a)
21) Traffic weapons S. 99 (1)(a)
22) Traffic weapons S. 99 (1)(a)
23) Traffic weapons S. 99 (1)(a) ( Prohibited Device, over capacity magazine)
24) Traffic weapons S. 99 (1)(a) ( Prohibited Device, over capacity magazine)
25) Traffic weapons S. 99 (1)(a) ( Ammunition 7.62 MM)
26) Traffic weapons S. 99 (1)(a) (9 MM )
27) Traffic weapons S. 99 (1)(a) ( Glock 10 round magazines )
28) Traffic weapons S. 99 (1)(a) ( Glock 10 round magazines )
29) Possession of weapon for dangerous purpose 88 (1)
30) Possession of weapon for dangerous purpose 88 (1)
31) Possession of weapon for dangerous purpose 88 (1)
32) Possession of weapon for dangerous purpose 88 (1)
33) Unauthorized possession of firearm 91(1)
34) Unauthorized possession of firearm 91(1)
35) Unauthorized possession of firearm 91(1)
36) Unauthorized possession of firearm 91(1)
37) Unauthorized possession of a prohibited device (over capacity magazine) 91(1)
38) Unauthorized possession of a prohibited device (over capacity magazine) 91(1)
39) Possession of firearm knowing its possession is unauthorized 92(1)
40) Possession of firearm knowing its possession is unauthorized 92(1)
41) Possession of firearm knowing its possession is unauthorized 92(1)
42) Possession of firearm knowing its possession is unauthorized 92(1)
43) Possession of a restricted firearm with ammunition 95(1)
44) Possession of a restricted firearm with ammunition 95(1)
45) Unauthorized possession of a firearm in a motor vehicle 94 (1)
46) Unauthorized possession of a firearm in a motor vehicle 94 (1)
47) Unauthorized possession of a firearm in a motor vehicle 94 (1)
48) Unauthorized possession of a firearm in a motor vehicle 94 (1)
49) Careless use of firearm 86(1)
50) Careless use of firearm 86(1)
51) Careless use of firearm 86(1)
52) Careless use of firearm 86(1)
53) Possession of a firearm contrary to a Prohibition Order 117.01(1)
54) Possession of a firearm contrary to a Prohibition Order 117.01(1)
55) Possession of a firearm contrary to a Prohibition Order 117.01(1)
56) Careless storage of a Firearm 86(1)
57) Possession of Prohibited Firearm with Ammunition 95(1)
58) Possession of a Firearm knowing that its possession is Unauthorized 92(1)
59) Possession of a Prohibited Device knowing that its possession is unauthorized 92(2) (silencer)
60) Possession of ammunition knowing that its possession is unauthorized 92(2) (ammunition)
61) Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm 91(1)
62) Unauthorized possession of a prohibited device (Silencer) 91(1)
63) Possession of a weapon dangerous to public peace 88(1)
64) Possession of Schedule II (Shatter)
65) Possession of a firearm contrary to a Prohibition Order 117.01(1)

He is next scheduled for court at Old City Hall on Wednesday, June 14, 2017, 2 p.m., room 111.


Vanessa Burgess, 24, of Mississauga, was arrested and charged with:

1. Possession of a weapon
2. Unauthorized possession of a weapon
3. Possession of a loaded restricted firearm
4. Careless storage of a firearm
5. Possession of a firearm knowing its possession is unauthorized

She is next scheduled for court at Old City Hall on Wednesday, June 14, 2017, 2 p.m., room 111.


William Pratt, 40, of Tottenham, was arrest and charged with:
1. Possession of a weapon
2. Unauthorized possession of a firearm
3. Possession of a firearm knowing its possession is unauthorized
4. Careless storage of a firearm

He is next scheduled for court at Old City Hall on Wednesday, June 14, 2017, 2 p.m., room 111.


***************************************Project Gallo****************************************
On Thursday May 25, 2017, 13 Controlled Drugs and Substances Act Search Warrants were simultaneously executed in Toronto and the GTA.

It is alleged that:

- individuals worked in a well-organized partnership trafficking large amounts of powder cocaine and MDMA and assorted controlled substances across Toronto and the GTA using hidden compartments in their vehicles

It is further alleged that this was seized by investigators:

• over 78 kilograms of powder cocaine
• 44 kilograms of MDMA
• 3.5 kilograms of Heroin
• 1 kilogram of Fentanyl
• 1 kilogram of Opium
• 112 kilograms of Marihuana
• 11 kilograms of Hashish
• assorted smaller amounts of controlled substances
• 272 kilograms of Phenacetin
• 100 kilograms of Procaine
• 50 kilograms of Benzocaine
• over $2.9 million in Canadian currency
• additional property
• 12 firearms with assorted ammunition


Tommy Phan, 21, of Vaughan, was arrested and charged with:

1. Traffic in schedule 1 substance
2. P for P schedule 1 substance

He is scheduled to appear in court at Old City Hall on Thursday, June 1, 2017.


Daniel Dumitrescu, 34, of Hamilton, was arrested and charged with:

1. P for P schedule 1 substance

He appeared in court at Old City Hall on Wednesday, May 31, 2017.


Melissa Beck, 37, of Hamilton, was arrested and charged with:

1. P for P schedule 1 substance

She appeared in court at Old City Hall on Wednesday, May 31, 2017.


Van Hung Dinh, 28, of Ottawa, was arrested and charged with:

1. Trafficking cocaine
2. FPF Cocaine
3. PFP MDMA
4. two counts of PFP proceeds

He appeared in court at Old City Hall on Wednesday, May 31, 2017.


Van Doan, 31, of Toronto, was arrested and charged with:

1. Trafficking cocaine
2. FPF Cocaine
3. PFP MDMA
4. two counts of PFP proceeds

He appeared in court at Old City Hall on Wednesday, May 31, 2017.


Tien Vu Minh Phan, 26, of Vaughan, was arrested and charged with:

1. two counts of Possession of Proceeds of Crime
2. three counts of Possession for the Purpose of Heroin
3. Possession for the Purpose of Hashish (over)
4. three counts of Possession for the Purpose of Cocaine
5. Possession for the Purpose Crystal Methamphetamine
6. 11 counts of Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm CC 91(1)
7. 11 counts of Possession of a Firearm knowing its possession is unauthorized CC 92(1)
8. 11 counts of Possession of a loaded prohibited or restricted firearm CC 95(1)
9. 11 counts of Possession of a firearm obtained by crime CC 96(1)
10. 11 counts of Careless storage of a firearm 86(1
11. 11 counts of Careless storage of ammunition 86(1)

He is next scheduled for court at Old City Hall on Thursday, June 15, 2017, 11 a.m., room 114.


Brian Dela Pena, 29, of Toronto, was arrested and charged with:

1. two counts of Possession of Proceeds of Crime
2. three counts of Possession for the Purpose of Heroin
3. Possession for the Purpose of Hashish (over)
4. three counts of Possession for the Purpose of Cocaine x3
5. Possession for the Purpose Crystal Methamphetamine
6. 11 counts of Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm CC 91(1)
7. 11 counts of Possession of a Firearm knowing its possession is unauthorized CC 92(1)
8. 11 counts of Possession of a loaded prohibited or restricted firearm CC 95(1)
9. 11 counts of Possession of a firearm obtained by crime CC 96(1)
10. 11 counts of Careless storage of a firearm 86(1)
11. 11 counts of Careless storage of ammunition 86(1)

He is next scheduled for court at Old City Hall on Thursday, June 15, 2017, 11 a.m., room 114.


Curtis Rayner, 38, of Whitby, was arrested and charged with:

1. three counts of Possession of cocaine for the purpose
2. three counts of Possession of Marihuana for the purpose
3. Possession of Psilocybin for the purpose
4. three counts of Possession of MDMA for the purpose
5. Possession of hashish for the purpose
6. Possession Proceeds of crime
7. two counts of Unauthorized possession of firearms
8. two counts of Possession restricted firearms with ammo
9. two counts of Possession firearms knowing possess unauthorized
10. two counts of Careless storage of firearm
11. two counts of Careless storage ammo times
12. three counts of Possession firearms by crime
13. three counts of Possession prohibited device
14. Possession firearm with altered number

He is next scheduled for court at Old City Hall on Thursday, June 22, 2017, 9 a.m., room 114.


Keron Harris, 31, of Markham, was arrested and charged with:

1. three counts of Possession of cocaine for the purpose
2. two counts of Possession of Marihuana for the purpose
3. Possession of Psilocybin for the purpose
4. two counts of Possession of MDMA for the purpose
5. Possession of hashish for the purpose
6. Possession Proceeds of crime
7. two counts of Unauthorized possession of firearms
8. two counts of Possession restricted firearms with ammo
9. two counts of Possession firearms knowing possess unauthorized
10. two counts of Careless storage of firearm
11. two counts of Careless storage ammo times
12. three counts of Possession firearms by crime
13. three counts of Possession prohibited device
14. Possession firearm with altered number

He is next scheduled for court at Old City Hall on Thursday, June 22, 2017, 11 a.m., room 114.


Imarn Ajani, 27, of Montreal, was arrested and charged with:

1. eight counts of Possession of Cocaine (crack) for the Purpose Trafficking
2. six counts of Possession of Proceeds (Canadian currency)(over)

He is next scheduled for court at Old City Hall on Friday, June 23, 2017, 9 a.m., room 114.


David Brounspersouth, 26, of Toronto, was arrested and charged with:

1. six counts of Possession of Cocaine (crack) for the Purpose Trafficking
2. six counts of Possession of Proceeds (Canadian currency)(over)
3. three counts of Possession of Marihuana for the Purpose of Trafficking (over)

He is next scheduled for court at Old City Hall on Friday, June 2, 2017, 10 a.m., room 103.


Mikkel Williams-Worrel, 25, of Toronto, was arrested and charged with:

1. Possession of Proceeds (Canadian currency)(over)

He is next scheduled for court at Old City Hall on Friday, June 23, 2017, 9 a.m., room 114.


Uzair Khan, 30, of Montreal, was arrested and charged with:

1. three counts of Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking
2. Possession of Proceeds (over)

He is next scheduled for court at Old City Hall on Friday, June 23, 2017, 9 a.m., room 114.


Shervin Rezaei, 23, of Toronto, was arrested and charged with:

1. six counts of Possession for Purpose Schedule I Substance (Cocaine)
2. four counts of Possession of Proceeds of Crime (Over)
3. two counts of Possession for Purpose Schedule II (Marihuana)
4. Possession for Purpose Schedule I (MDMA)

He is next scheduled for court at Old City Hall on Friday, June 23, 2017, 9 a.m., room 114.


Keihani Masoumeh, 21, of Toronto, was arrested and charged with:

1. two counts of Possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking
2. Possession of MDMA for the purpose of trafficking
3. Possession of proceeds (under)

He is next scheduled for court at Old City Hall on Friday, June 23, 2017, 9 a.m., room 114.


****************************************Project Drizzle****************************************
On Tuesday, May 23, 2017 members of the Toronto Police Service’s Integrated Gun & Gang Task Force concluded an investigation into a male suspected of trafficking in narcotics and in possession of a firearm.

Raian Naidoo, 33, of Toronto, was arrested in the Legion Road North and Manitoba Street area

It is alleged that:

- he was arrested by police while in possession of a loaded Glock handgun equipped with a laser site

- he was also in possession of an additional box of handgun ammunition on his person

A search warrant was executed on his residence and it is further alleged that the following was seized:

- a second loaded Glock handgun
- hundreds of additional rounds of firearm ammunition
- in excess of three kilograms of cocaine with an approximate street value of close to $200,000
- a cocaine press, along with paraphernalia used for cocaine trafficking
- $5000 in Proceeds of Crime


Raian Naidoo, 33, of Toronto, was charged with:

1. two counts of Possession of a restricted firearm with ammunition 95(1) cc
2. two counts of Unauthorized possession of firearm 91(1) cc
3. two counts of Possession firearm knowing its possession is unauthorised 92 (1) cc
4. two counts of Possession of a firearm obtained by commission of offence 96(1) cc
5. two counts of Careless storage of firearm 86(1)
6. three counts of Careless storage of ammunition 86(1)
7. four counts of Unauthorized possession of prohibited device 92(2) cc
8. three counts of Possession of a firearm contrary to prohibition order 117.01
9. two counts of Possession for the purpose of trafficking cocaine 5(2) cdsa
10. Possession of proceeds of crime over $5000
11. Carry conceal weapon

He is scheduled to appear in court at Old City Hall on Wednesday, June 7, 2017.


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