TORONTO – Police in Ontario say they have interrupted an international drug ring after they found 24 kilograms of heroin, some of which was woven into carpets seized at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport.
Eleven people, mostly residents of the Greater Toronto Area, are facing 76 drug charges in the investigation that police have dubbed Project Infinity.
The joint investigation between provincial and Toronto police as well as the Canada Border Services Agency began in June 2010, when border services agents at Pearson airport found 15 kilograms of heroin hidden inside 27 carpets.
In total throughout the investigation police seized 160 kilograms of ephedrin, which is used to make crystal meth, 24 kilograms of heroin, 20 kilograms of ecstasy, four kilograms of crystal meth, a kilogram of cocaine and nearly a kilogram of opium.
Police say the drugs were found not only in carpets, but also concealed in crockery, vanilla powder, silver plates and a wooden clock.
Ontario Provincial Police Commissioner Chris Lewis says Toronto police have extensive experience with heroin investigations, but this seizure is a huge amount, even for them.