Crack, cars and cash taken off the street
A two-week blitz against drug and gang activity in Ottawa has led to 14 arrests.
Led by Ottawa Police’s Guns and Gangs unit, Project E-Z Off resulted in the seizure of $45,000 cash, drugs, including crack, cocaine and marijuana, three motor vehicles, cellphones, and BlackBerry devices, police reported yesterday.
Thirteen men and one female, all between the ages of 18 and 27, are facing a total of 35 charges, mostly related to possession for the purpose of trafficking. Police allege that 10 of the suspects arrested are known to be involved in gang activity in Ottawa.
“This is the first project of this nature, and we hope to repeat it in the future,” said acting Staff-Sgt. Uday Jaswal. “The targets that we looked at had been persons of interest for a while. We just brought in resources to work on it in a more intensive fashion.”
The project, which concluded on Sunday, involved the Ontario Provincial Police’s weapons enforcement unit, officers from the London Police Service, as well as Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Canadian Border Service Agency.
“Anytime there is enforcement related to street gangs it sends the message that police are taking notice and taking action,” said Jaswal.