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There’s a Sudbury connection to the dismantling of a southern gun and drug trafficking ring

Man was arrested in Flour Mill on April 25, the first of 15 people busted in Project Stanley

An April 25 arrest in Greater Sudbury of a 25-year-old southern Ontario man at a Flour Mill home started the dismantling of a gun and drug trafficking ring.

On April 25, York Regional Police, with the assistance of the Greater Sudbury Police Service, executed a search warrant at the Flour Mill home, which resulted in the seizure of a loaded handgun, as well as a quantity of cocaine and fentanyl.

On Tuesday, March 24, Wednesday, May 13 and Thursday, May 14, 2020, a series of search warrants were executed across the Greater Toronto Area with the assistance of the Durham Regional Police Service, the Toronto Police Service, Peel Regional Police, the Hamilton Police Service, the Halton Regional Police Service and the Ontario Provincial Police.

As a result of this investigation, 17 people have been charged and 15 guns seized, along with quantities of cocaine, fentanyl and currency.

Dubbed Project Stanley, the investigation began on Oct. 17, 2019, when York Regional Police were called to a residence on Colombo Crescent in Vaughan for a report of a home invasion robbery. 

A 26-year-old man was injured after he was assaulted by the suspects. 

On March 24, 2020, investigators released video of the home invasion, as well as images of suspects and vehicles.

You can watch the video below.

As the investigation continued, the crowbar that was seen in the video of the home invasion was identified as being unique and only sold at one retailer. As a result, multiple suspects were identified, some of whom were also believed to be involved in trafficking firearms and cocaine.

That led police to the arrest of the man in Greater Sudbury.