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Toronto Police Service Announces Results of Three Gun & Drug Investigations



Broadcast time: 10:30
Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Drug Squad
416-808-6100


On Wednesday, November 6, 2019, the Toronto Police Service Organized Crime Enforcement – Drug Squad announced the results of three investigations into guns and drugs, including the arrest of six people and the laying of almost 150 criminal charges.

In January 2019, the results of Project Sparta were announced. This investigation targeted the storage and distribution of cocaine and other substances. Three men were charged. Since that time, the investigation has continued.

On Thursday, September 20, 2019, 10 search warrants (including five vehicles) were executed and three men and one woman were arrested.

Nikolai Knights, 32, of Toronto, was charged with:

1. Possession for the purpose of trafficking a schedule I substance (powder cocaine)
2. Possession for the purpose of distribution (Cannabis Act)
3. Possession of proceeds of crime under $5000
4. Possession of proceeds of crime over $5000
5. Possession for the purpose of distribution (Cannabis Act)
6. Possession for the purpose of trafficking a schedule I substance (powder cocaine)
7. Possession for the purpose of trafficking a schedule I substance (crack cocaine)
8. Possession for the for the purpose of trafficking a schedule I substance (Xanax)
9. Possession of proceeds of crime over $5000
10. Possession for the purpose of trafficking a schedule I substance (powder cocaine)
11. Possession for the purpose of distribution (Cannabis Act)
18. Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm
19. Careless Storage of a Firearm

Jonathan Donde, 37, of Toronto, was charged with:

1. Possession for the purpose of trafficking a schedule I substance (powder cocaine)
2. Possession for the purpose of trafficking a schedule I substance (MDMA)
3. Possession for the purpose of trafficking a schedule I substance (ketamine)
4. Possession for the purpose of distribution (Cannabis Act)
5. Possession for the purpose of trafficking a schedule I substance (Fentanyl)
6. Possession of proceeds of crime over $5000

Lisa Korman-Shaw, 38, of Toronto, was charged with:

1. Possession for the purpose of trafficking a schedule I substance (powder cocaine)
2. Possession for the purpose of trafficking a schedule I substance (MDMA)
3. Possession for the purpose of trafficking a schedule I substance (ketamine)
4. Possession for the purpose of distribution (Cannabis Act)
5. Possession for the purpose of trafficking a schedule I substance (Fentanyl)
6. Possession of proceeds of crime over $5000

Narottama De Sousa, 30, of Toronto, was charged with:

1. Possession for the purpose of trafficking a schedule I substance (powder cocaine)
2. Possession for the purpose of distribution (Cannabis Act)
3. Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm
4. Careless Storage of a Firearm

It is alleged that the following items were seized:

- Cocaine, 7.5 kgs
- Crack, 77 grams
- Marihuana, 8.3 kgs
- Xanax, 676 grams
- Fentanyl, 968 grams
- Ketamine, 2 grams
- One, 12-gauge shotgun
- 100 rounds, 9 mm ammunition
- $190,130 in Canadian currency

All four individuals are scheduled to appear in court, at Old City Hall, Room 114, on Friday, November 29, 2019.

In September 2019, the Drug Squad began an investigation into a distribution network for illicit substances and firearms within the city of Toronto and the surrounding area.

On October 24, and 25, 2019, this case, named Project Topside, resulted in six search warrants (including three vehicles), in Toronto and Markham, and the arrests of two men.

Imran Maragh, 31, of Stouffville, was charged with:

1. Conspiracy to Traffic Firearms 99(1)(b)
2. Proceeds of Crime Over $5000.00 354(1)
3. Unauthorized Possession of a Loaded Prohibited or Restricted Firearm 95(1) - AR rifle
4. Unauthorized Possession of a Loaded Prohibited or Restricted Firearm 95(1) - Taurus 'Judge' revolver
5. Unauthorized Possession of a Loaded Prohibited or Restricted Firearm 95(1) - Beretta 9mm handgun
6. Unauthorized Possession of a Loaded Prohibited or Restricted Firearm 95(1) - Springfield 9mm handgun
7. Unauthorized Possession of a Loaded Prohibited or Restricted Firearm 95(1) - Taurus .38 calibre revolver
8. Unauthorized Possession of a Loaded Prohibited or Restricted Firearm 95(1) - FNS 9mm handgun
9. Unauthorized Possession of a Loaded Prohibited or Restricted Firearm 95(1) - Taurus 357 Magnum revolver
10. Unauthorized Possession of a Loaded Prohibited or Restricted Firearm 95(1) - Smith and Wesson 357 revolver
11. Unauthorized Possession of a Loaded Prohibited or Restricted Firearm 95(1) - Jennings 9mm handgun
12. Unauthorized Possession of a Loaded Prohibited or Restricted Firearm 95(1) - Taurus 'Judge' revolver
13. Unauthorized Possession of a Loaded Prohibited or Restricted Firearm 95(1) - Sterling MK4 9mm rifle
14. Possession of a Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized 92(1) - AR style rifle
15. Possession of a Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized 92(1) - Taurus 'Judge' revolver
16. Possession of a Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized 92(1) - Beretta 9mm handgun
17. Possession of a Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized 92(1) - Springfield 9mm handgun
18. Possession of a Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized 92(1) - Taurus .38 calibre revolver
19. Possession of a Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized 92(1) - FNS 9mm handgun
20. Possession of a Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized 92(1) - Taurus 357 Magnum revolver
21. Possession of a Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized 92(1) - Smith and Wesson 357 revolver
22. Possession of a Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized 92(1) - Jennings 9mm handgun
23. Possession of a Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized 92(1) - Taurus 'Judge' revolver
24. Possession of a Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized 92(1) - Sterling MK4 9mm rifle
25. Possession of a Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized 92(1) - Kaltec 9mm rifle
26. Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm 91(1) - AR style rifle
27. Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm 91(1) - Taurus 'Judge' revolver
28. Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm 91(1) - Beretta 9mm handgun
29. Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm 91(1) - Springfield 9mm handgun
30. Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm 91(1) - Taurus .38 calibre revolver
31. Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm 91(1) - FNS 9mm handgun
32. Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm 91(1) - Taurus 357 Magnum revolver
33. Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm 91(1) - Smith and Wesson 357 revolver
34. Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm 91(1) - Jennings 9mm handgun
35. Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm 91(1) - Taurus 'Judge' revolver
36. Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm 91(1) - Sterling MK4 9mm rifle
37. Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm 91(1) - Kaltec 9mm rifle
38. Possession of a Prohibited Device Knowing its Authorization is Prohibited 92(2) - Overcapacity magazine
39. Possession of a Prohibited Device Knowing its Authorization is Prohibited 92(2) - Overcapacity magazine
40. Possession of a Prohibited Device Knowing its Authorization is Prohibited 92(2) - Overcapacity magazine
41. Possession of a Prohibited Device Knowing its Authorization is Prohibited 92(2) - Overcapacity magazine
42. Possession of a Prohibited Device Knowing its Authorization is Prohibited 92(2) - Overcapacity magazine
43. Possession of a Prohibited Device Knowing its Authorization is Prohibited 92(2) - Overcapacity magazine
44. Possession of a Prohibited Device Knowing its Authorization is Prohibited 92(2) - Overcapacity magazine
45. Possession of a Prohibited Device Knowing its Authorization is Prohibited 92(2) - Overcapacity magazine
46. Possession of a Prohibited Device Knowing its Authorization is Prohibited 92(2) - Overcapacity magazine
47. Possession of a Prohibited Device Knowing its Authorization is Prohibited 92(2) - Overcapacity magazine
48. Possession of a Prohibited Device Knowing its Authorization is Prohibited 92(2) - Overcapacity magazine
49. Possession of a Prohibited Device Knowing its Authorization is Prohibited 92(2) - Overcapacity magazine
50. Possession of a Prohibited Device Knowing its Authorization is Prohibited 92(2) - Noise suppression device
51. Possession of a Prohibited Device Knowing its Authorization is Prohibited 92(2) - Noise suppression device
52. Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking in Fentanyl
53. Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking in Heroin
54. Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking in Cocaine
55. Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking in Crack Cocaine
56. Possession of a Firearm or Ammunition Contrary to Prohibition Order 117.01(1)
57. Possession of a Firearm or Ammunition Contrary to Prohibition Order 117.01(1)

Kadean Maragh, 28, of Stouffville, was charged with:

1. Conspiracy to Traffic Firearms 99(1)(b)
2. Proceeds of Crime Over $5000.00 354(1)
3. Unauthorized Possession of a Loaded Prohibited or Restricted Firearm 95(1) - AR rifle
4. Unauthorized Possession of a Loaded Prohibited or Restricted Firearm 95(1) - Taurus 'Judge' revolver
5. Unauthorized Possession of a Loaded Prohibited or Restricted Firearm 95(1) - Beretta 9mm handgun
6. Unauthorized Possession of a Loaded Prohibited or Restricted Firearm 95(1) - Springfield 9mm handgun
7. Unauthorized Possession of a Loaded Prohibited or Restricted Firearm 95(1) - Taurus .38 calibre revolver
8. Unauthorized Possession of a Loaded Prohibited or Restricted Firearm 95(1) - FNS 9mm handgun
9. Unauthorized Possession of a Loaded Prohibited or Restricted Firearm 95(1) - Taurus 357 Magnum revolver
10. Unauthorized Possession of a Loaded Prohibited or Restricted Firearm 95(1) - Smith and Wesson 357 revolver
11. Unauthorized Possession of a Loaded Prohibited or Restricted Firearm 95(1) - Jennings 9mm handgun
12. Unauthorized Possession of a Loaded Prohibited or Restricted Firearm 95(1) - Taurus 'Judge' revolver
13. Unauthorized Possession of a Loaded Prohibited or Restricted Firearm 95(1) - Sterling MK4 9mm rifle
14. Possession of a Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized 92(1) - AR style rifle
15. Possession of a Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized 92(1) - Taurus 'Judge' revolver
16. Possession of a Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized 92(1) - Beretta 9mm handgun
17. Possession of a Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized 92(1) - Springfield 9mm handgun
18. Possession of a Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized 92(1) - Taurus .38 calibre revolver
19. Possession of a Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized 92(1) - FNS 9mm handgun
20. Possession of a Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized 92(1) - Taurus 357 Magnum revolver
21. Possession of a Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized 92(1) - Smith and Wesson 357 revolver
22. Possession of a Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized 92(1) - Jennings 9mm handgun
23. Possession of a Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized 92(1) - Taurus 'Judge' revolver
24. Possession of a Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized 92(1) - Sterling MK4 9mm rifle
25. Possession of a Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized 92(1) - Kaltec 9mm rifle
26. Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm 91(1) - AR style rifle
27. Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm 91(1) - Taurus 'Judge' revolver
28. Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm 91(1) - Beretta 9mm handgun
29. Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm 91(1) - Springfield 9mm handgun
30. Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm 91(1) - Taurus .38 calibre revolver
31. Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm 91(1) - FNS 9mm handgun
32. Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm 91(1) - Taurus 357 Magnum revolver
33. Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm 91(1) - Smith and Wesson 357 revolver
34. Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm 91(1) - Jennings 9mm handgun
35. Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm 91(1) - Taurus 'Judge' revolver
36. Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm 91(1) - Sterling MK4 9mm rifle
37. Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm 91(1) - Kaltec 9mm rifle
38. Possession of a Prohibited Device Knowing its Authorization is Prohibited 92(2) - Overcapacity magazine
39. Possession of a Prohibited Device Knowing its Authorization is Prohibited 92(2) - Overcapacity magazine
40. Possession of a Prohibited Device Knowing its Authorization is Prohibited 92(2) - Overcapacity magazine
41. Possession of a Prohibited Device Knowing its Authorization is Prohibited 92(2) - Overcapacity magazine
42. Possession of a Prohibited Device Knowing its Authorization is Prohibited 92(2) - Overcapacity magazine
43. Possession of a Prohibited Device Knowing its Authorization is Prohibited 92(2) - Overcapacity magazine
44. Possession of a Prohibited Device Knowing its Authorization is Prohibited 92(2) - Overcapacity magazine
45. Possession of a Prohibited Device Knowing its Authorization is Prohibited 92(2) - Overcapacity magazine
46. Possession of a Prohibited Device Knowing its Authorization is Prohibited 92(2) - Overcapacity magazine
47. Possession of a Prohibited Device Knowing its Authorization is Prohibited 92(2) - Overcapacity magazine
48. Possession of a Prohibited Device Knowing its Authorization is Prohibited 92(2) - Overcapacity magazine
49. Possession of a Prohibited Device Knowing its Authorization is Prohibited 92(2) - Overcapacity magazine
50. Possession of a Prohibited Device Knowing its Authorization is Prohibited 92(2) - Noise suppression device
51. Possession of a Prohibited Device Knowing its Authorization is Prohibited 92(2) - Noise suppression device
52. Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking in Fentanyl
53. Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking in Heroin
54. Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking in Cocaine
55. Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking in Crack Cocaine

One man, Nicholas Reid, 27, of Markham, is still wanted. His photograph is being released.

It is alleged that the following items were seized:

- AR semi-automatic rifle
- Taurus Judge .45 calibre revolver (x2)
- Beretta 9mm semi-automatic handgun
- Springfield 9mm semi-automatic handgun
- Taurus .38 calibre revolver
- FNS 9mm semi-automatic handgun
- Taurus 357 Magnum revolver
- Smith and Wesson 357 revolver
- Jennings 9mm semi-automatic handgun
- Sterling 9 mm semi-automatic rifle
- Kaltec 9mm semi-automatic rifle
- High Capacity Magazines
- A bullet-proof vest
- Fentangyl, 1,259 grams
- Heroin, 3,698 grams
- Powder Cocaine, 3,816 grams
- Crack Cocaine, 1,315 grams
- $204,390 in Canadian currency

The two men are scheduled to appear in court, 1911 Eglinton Avenue East, Room 407, on Wednesday, November 13, 2019.

Lastly, in a separate investigation, Drug Squad officers were targeting sales of cocaine at the street level.

On November 2, 2019, three search warrants (including on one vehicle) were executed in the Lakeshore/Park Lawn area of Toronto. One man was arrested.

Ramin Karimi, 36, of Toronto, was charged with:

1. Possession for the Purpose Cocaine

It is alleged that six kilograms of powder cocaine, with a potential value of approximately $600,000, were seized.

He is scheduled to appear in court, at Old City Hall, Room 114, on December 20, 2019, at 9 a.m.


Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-6100, 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.


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Meaghan Gray, Corporate Communications, for Inspector Don Belanger, Drug Squad




Toronto Police Service Announces Results of Three Gun & Drug Investigations



Wanted,
Nicholas Reid, 27, of Markham
Above: Wanted, Nicholas Reid, 27, of Markham