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29 charged as cops bust provincewide criminal ring

Police have charged 29 people after cracking an alleged criminal ring that operated across Ontario, making its own drugs and using boats to smuggle them into the U.S.

Police have charged 29 people after cracking an alleged criminal ring that operated across Ontario, making its own drugs and using boats to smuggle them into the U.S.

More than 300 officers fanned out across a large swath of the province and raided 34 homes and businesses Wednesday, seizing drugs, cash, weapons, vehicles and a boat.

“We have an organization that spans all of Ontario, from the west to the east,” provincial police Det.-Insp. Ian Grant said Thursday. “It’s not centred in any particular one area but rather uses the various different facets and knowledge of the people from those areas to move the product they have and produce it.”

Police arrested 27 people Wednesday. Warrants were still out for two others Thursday. Charges include trafficking, conspiracy to possess and traffic, exporting illegal drugs and participating in a criminal organization.

 
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