Toronto police announce ‘largest single-day’ drug bust

Toronto police have made what they describe as their “largest single-day” seizure of illicit drugs in history, with an estimated street value of nearly $30 million.

At a news conference Thursday, members of the drug squad displayed 189 kilograms of powder cocaine, as well as 97 kilograms of crystal meth. They were seized as part of a drug investigation that was conducted in the area of ​​Yonge Street and The Esplanade earlier this month.

“Any time we are able to intercept the flow of illicit drugs we are saving lives, but the significance of a seizure of this size cannot be understated,” said Staff Supt. Lauren Pogue.

She noted police have previously made larger drug busts in investigations over the course of several months, but never in one day.

“Not only have we prevented possible overdoses, but as we’ve said before, violence in our city is often driven by three factors. And those are guns, gangs and drugs. And when these factors collide the results are often tragic.”

Police arrested 29-year-old Devante Moores on April 2.

According to Insp. Mandeep Mann of the drug squad, Moores was allegedly arrested in possession of 50 kilograms of powder cocaine.

Investigating officers then were able to locate a unit associated with Moores, where they allegedly found additional 139 kilograms of powder cocaine and 97 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine, as well as $50,000 in cash.

“We believe that that stash house was used to house these drugs and then distribute to local neighborhoods and surrounding communities,” said Mann, explaining that the total value of the seized drugs is more than $28.5 million.

Moores is charged with two counts of possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking, and one count of possession of methamphetamine for the purpose of trafficking.

Mann also said the suspect’s vehicle was likely used to secretly transport large amounts of drugs and possibly firearms.

“This seizure, this investigation would not be possible without the extreme dedication of the members of the drug squad,” said Mann. “Our streets in Toronto are safer because of this large seizure and because of the arrest and because of the work of our drug squad members.”

Police are seeking public assistance in identifying anyone who may be involved.

Mann said it’s generally uncommon for a young individual to be entrusted with such large amounts of drugs, worth millions of dollars.

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